Butter pats have been stalking me lately. They pop up in my social media feeds. I see images of them stacked high I have always loved their petite size, especially when they have a back stamp, for a variety of uses. In my opinion, they are a great item to collect because:
– They don’t take up much space
-They are affordable
– They have many practical every day uses
Butter pats were originally included as a part of a larger fine china collection or used as restaurant ware and -yes- they held pats of butter.
Stacks and stacks of small butter pats always look charming in a cupboard. In my opinion, the older the butter pat – the better. My favorite butter pats are those made of ironstone that have a chunky appearance and a back stamp. Whenever I am out and about, I am always on the lookout for those beauties.
However, I also find the less chunky (thinner) butter pats with their simple designs very appealing.
The photo above shows 8 butter pats I recently found with the “Alfred Meakin” stamp on the back. I practically sprinted to the register to pay for them. Collecting butter pats is fun because due to their size they are often times over looked and when you stumble upon a set – it’s almost like you found a little treasure.
Here are some ideas for every day uses.
1. Use them to hold coarse salt
2. Use them to hold small earrings and rings
3. Use them to hold chopped up fresh herbs such as cilantro, scallions, thyme, basil or oregano
4. Use them to hold pre-measured spices for a meal you are preparing
5. Use them to hold dipping sauces – they work well for hoisin, soy sauce and tempura dipping sauce.
6. Use them for holding small notions such a safety pins, beads, and buttons
7. Use them for holding bobby pins, hair bands, and hair clips
8. They make great little vessels for holding paint
9. Use them to organize your desk and hold stamps, paper clips, tacks and more
10. Stack them up in the cupboard and they will make you smile every time you pass by them.
The photo above shows another set of 8 butter pats that I found this past winter with the “WH Grindley & Co” back stamp. I put them in my booth at Stone Soup Antiques earlier this year. Unfortunately, these already sold but I am glad I took photos of them. I love that each butter pat had a back stamp.
These butter pats shown above were solid white.
I found this cute little stack shown above on a recent trip to Maine. They had a very simple gold leaf design on the inside. The design looks a little bit like a running shamrock. These do not have a back stamp but I still found them to be charming.
I do have the butter pats above still in stock in my booth at Stone Soup. (Although by the time you read this, that may have changed)
In the event that you aren’t near Ballston Spa, NY and hence not close to Stone Soup Antiques, I have compiled some Etsy sellers who are selling some butter pats. I spent time searching through different vendors so you wouldn’t have to. As a result of listing these products, I can receive a small commission on any purchase you make. Thank you for supporting this little blog.
These chunky butter pats are gorgeous. It’s a perfect stack of 6! They are sold by Hogg Barn Antiques
Can you imagine stumbling upon a whole bunch of restaurant ware butter pats? That would definitely be a day to remember. In all my days, I have never found more than a set of 8 butter pats. Certainly never a bowl full of them! GloryBs2 on Etsy has numerous butter pats to sell. Some of these butter pats are stamped “Shenango China” – which originates in Pennsylvania. Restaurant ware butter pats typically have stripes in a solid color. Green stripes are the most common. While these butter pats are not as old as the ones shown previously, they still are still charming and have character.
I hope you find yourself some great butter pats in the wide world of antiquing. If or- perhaps I should say – when you find some, please share a photo with me! Comment below or send me a message on social media (Instagram or Facebook). It’s always fun to find something so small that is often overlooked.