I have always wanted to learn more about this bowl, but unlike my Neu Deel Cookin Ware, I have been unable to find any information about this one. The words “The Pure Food Sanitary Cooking Ware” are stamped on the bottom of the bowl, with the “N” in “Sanitary” written backwards. The inside of the bowl is glazed and very glossy. The outside of the bowl is not glazed, and the stoneware has the typical uneven coloring caused by the impurities in the clay. The rim of the bowl has a very unevenly applied thin dark glaze, and the same glaze has been applied to the indented lettering on the bottom of the bowl. There is a simple pattern etched all around the lower portion of the outside of the bowl.
This bowl came from my father’s family. I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but I know it was still being used in the early 1900’s as a favorite casserole dish by one of my relatives. Although I never knew her personally, I am lucky to know quite a bit about this woman and her husband. She gave birth to twelve children and raised eleven, plus three others from her husband’s first marriage. She was often called to nurse the sick and deliver babies. She took in boarders, including the local schoolteacher, and made butter and cheese to sell. In photographs she is never smiling, but people who knew her remember her kind nature and the way she always whistled hymns as she worked.
Her husband was a farmer who raised Merino sheep. He also drove a stagecoach and delivered the mail. In all the photographs he always has children and animals nearby. He kept journals and diaries all of his life. I have several of them, and my favorite diary entry is one that he wrote on the day their twelfth baby was born… starting with a simple statement, “New baby born today, cute little shaver”… followed by a complete paragraph describing in detail the new litter of baby pigs!
I’m hoping someone who has a bowl like this or knows something about the Pure Food Sanitary Cooking Ware company will see these photographs. I’d like to find out more about the manufacturer and the origins of this bowl.