Vintage silverplate gravy boat sauceboat by International Silver in the popular CASTLETON pattern featuring clean lines, an attached tray, two pouring spouts and a gadroon border.
History of the Gravy Boat and Sauce Boat - During the elaborate Victorian dinner, many courses called for gravy or sauce. The silversmith made a variety of shapes and forms designed to serve all types of gravies and sauces. The typical silver and silverplate gravy boat can be described as an elongated pitcher with a handle.
Most silver plated gravy boats have a separate tray, but many are simply one-piece, a tray and pitcher either molded or soldered together. Each style has its advantages. Sauce boats are smaller than gravy boats.
Many boats originally had a matching gravy or sauce ladle, depending upon the vessel and the contents that it was to serve. Some boats have feet in the form of shells or scrolls, while other stand on a simple applied foot or pedestal base.
This vintage silver plate gravy boat or sauceboat is in excellent condition, with no silverplate wear or loss, no dings or dents and only very light surface scratches from polishing. This vintage Castleton silverplate gravy boat measures 8.75" x 5.5" x 3.25" and weighs 13 ounces.