What exactly is this and what’s it’s value?
That’s a wonderful example of a Royal Staffordshire Transferware water dispenser. The great thing about yours is that you have the cover with it, many times these are missing the cover.
Since they were place in bedrooms often on small stands, the cover often slid off and was broken by a sleepy person looking for a drink of water.
These were the top piece in a Chamber set of which you may find a Pitcher and Bowl and other accessories. Many times pieces were purchased separately.
Date Range Made: 1880s -90s
Retail Value: $250 -$275
Wholesale Value: $150
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale Value: $95.00 – 125.00 (There should be no need to sell this item in this range.
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common Trade Terminology: Transferware, Softpaste,
Slang Terms: Softpaste
The best place to sell this is at a good antiques show, eBay or at a good local live auction.
If you sell on eBay, DOUBLE BOX it, there are not enough of these beauties left around in good condition.
Care and Storage Tips: Any fine porcelain should be kept out of extreme cold.
I would not use it to put water in anymore.
Don’t leave the decorated side in direct sunlight.