Up for your Consideration is this Wonderful Vintage U.S.Q.M.C. White Porcelain Footed Gravy Boat .... U.S.Q.M.C. stands for United States Quarter Master Corps. from WWII .. Printed on the bottom is: "431-QM-7307 U.S.Q.M.C... PICKARD.. 3-16-42" - in Cobalt blue lettering..on both sides near the handle it has a white on white emblem depicting a Rope Wreath with a Sword running through it... the gravy boat measures 4-1/2" tall, 9-3/4" wide and 3-1/2" deep and holds 8 ounces...This piece is in excellent condition I would say "mint"...with no chips ... cracks..crazing... or repairs...it would make a wonderful addition to any one's US Military Collection or Gravy boat Collection...A BIT OF HISTORY Perhaps some may not consider gravy boats vital to the war effort, but they kept a lot of people employed during some mighty tough times. Austin Pickard once said "if the Navy ran short on shells, they could use those gravy boats as ammunition". They are so heavy they could knock down a building!" Alan Reed, author of The Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China, wrote a short historical account of these times which confirms Eben Morgan's account: "To maintain its operations through the war, Austin Pickard successfully bid on a Navy contract for gravy boats. These heavy chunks of institutional ware were a far cry from the delicate, sculptured porcelain with which the company had become identified. And while the revenue from the contract was important, the most significant benefit was that as a war material contractor, the company qualified for a fuel oil allotment, and it was the oil that fired the kilns and kept the company alive." For you readers old enough to remember 1942, Pickard's gravy boats arrived just in time for the U.S. Navy's June victory over the Japanese carrier fleet at Midway. if you would like to know more about this gravy boat link up to: /navyboat.htm PAYPAL IS ALWAYS PREFERRED FOR SECURE TRANSACTIONS, I WOULD LIKE TO BE PAID WITHIN 3 DAYS OF AUCTIONS CLOSING OR NOTIFIED AS TO HOW YOU WILL BE PAYING AND HOW SOON... I ALSO ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS & PERSONAL CHECKS... PERSONAL CHECKS MUST CLEAR MY BANK BEFORE ITEM IS SHIPPED, THIS MAY TAKE UP TO 8 DAYS. (THIS IS A VERY SLOW WAY TO GET YOUR ITEM, I DON'T RECOMMEND PAYING WITH A CHECK IF YOU ARE IMPATIENT(I KNOW I AM). INTERNATIONALS PLEASE USE PAYPAL WHEN PAYING!
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