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French Vintage Friday: Silver Saucière

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be back for another French Vintage Friday. Since those are 2 of my very favorite things, it’s incredibly exciting for me to always be on the hunt for something that encompasses BOTH of those things.

Today I want to share my silver saucière with you. I’m sure you know it better as a gravy boat.

Don’t you just love the details of the handle and the patina?

The sauce boat, saucière or gravy boat can be traced back as far as 1690 to none other than France but it is believed to be the English who originally adapted the porcelain version to a silver one. Still one can not deny the French influence in the designs of many of them including the one I have.

I dearly wish I knew of a wonderful story behind mine but alas it has no longer got visible markings on it so I can now create the story I want for it ?.

It was not uncommon, at one time, to see double spouted sauce boats although these are now rare. Sauce boats typically have a matching plate to catch the dripping sauce and occasionally it’s actually attached as one piece.

By far the most common material used to make them is some form of porcelain or china and they have been made to match nearly every dinner service pattern since the second half of the 18th century, which caused the silver ones to become much less popular.

Now with that little tidbit of history shared, let’s talk about another important aspect of all things home, vintage, collectible and otherwise. That is – is it a good addition to one’s decor?

The answer in this case is a resounding YES!

I think perhaps a demonstration is the best way to set the record straight. ?

Just a parting shot to ponder…

Now let’s go see Emily’s gorgeous brown transferware ?

Emily’s Share

Until next time…

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4 Comments

  1. Tracey says:

    Oh it’s beautiful Tara!!!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks, Tracey! Have a wonderful day ?

  2. It’s beautiful!!! I love this so much!!
    -emily

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thank Emily! It’s a favorite of mine as well

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