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Enamel canisters became an Edwardian alternative to the stoneware jar. Apart from being lighter to carry, they were far more likely to survive the rigours of a busy kitchen as they didn't shatter on a flagstone floor.

Most canisters were either white or blue: The latter frequently being manufacturered in Europe for the UK market. Most sought after are those with names. And those names reflect different days when lump sugar, sago and tapioca were daily staples.

Enamel canisters made a colourful return during the sixties with vibrant psychadelic colours. By the seventies the purples had been swapped for orange and brown, and lids were cork. By then, very little enamel was produced in the UK and the Polish captured the market.

More canisters can be found in our Polish enamel range.

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