1942 Vintage U.S.Q.M.C. White Porcelain Gray Boat

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 14, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

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,
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