This Tea Leaf ironstone gravy boat was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin in Tunstall, England, in the 1880s. Pure white with a copper lustre tea leaf centered on front and back, the body style is called "Bamboo" and the hand painted trim is copper lustre as well. The printed black mark on the bottom includes the words "Royal Ironstone China" and "Alfred Meakin England." In the center is a logo that mimics that of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, complete with the quote "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (from the French "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it"), the motto of the British Order of the Garter.
This gravy boat is in lovely condition, with fine crazing to the glaze but no damage and it's clean and glossy. It measures 8 inches long, 4 inches front to back, 4 inches to the top of the handle and weighs about 13 ounces. A nice addition to a collection, it's also usable for serving.