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posted on June 4, 2003 12:21:23 PM new
This large lidded mug with an attached "saucer" has a hole in the bottom! Can anyone tell me why on earth there would be a large hole in the bottom of this item? The mug stands 4 3/4 inches tall and, at the top, 3 1/2 inches in diameter. On the bottom is "Pat. Tuly 9.89" and "LS & S Carlsbad Austria"...there are also some painted numbers...3264 and 4. There's also a small hole in the lid. Every plausible use for a large lidded mug that I can think of wouldn't "work" because the liquid would pour out of the hole in the bottom...I'm stumped! Any insights/thoughts/opinions will be appreciated! Thanks!

posted on June 4, 2003 12:32:22 PM new
My guess is you have the base for a lamp!

posted on June 4, 2003 12:34:48 PM new
It is used to hold a jar of jelly or other condiments.

posted on June 4, 2003 12:44:06 PM new
Miscreant is exactly right - one was sold at the last auction I attended. Don't remember for how much but it wasn't a nickle & dime item.

posted on June 4, 2003 12:46:12 PM new
These should give you an idea what they are.


The hole is so you can push up the jar to remove it without spilling all the contents.

Edited to add that is July and not Tuly.
[ edited by miscreant on Jun 4, 2003 12:48 PM ]
posted on June 4, 2003 01:15:36 PM new
Thanks all...makes sense...except...any reason there would also be a small hole in the lid? Normally, I associate that with a "steam" escape function...Are we talking hot jelly/jam? Who knows what folks put in these things in July, 89 (thanks, miscreant!). Any further insights? Thanks again!

posted on June 4, 2003 02:11:48 PM new
Condiments like relish can be dug out with a small spoon. It adds a dash of class to a meal or tea.

posted on June 4, 2003 09:39:51 PM new
Yes it is a jelly or jam jar. I have one in my china cabinet that belonged to my mother. Never used it. Nice find....

posted on June 4, 2003 09:39:51 PM new
Opps double post, too late at night...
[ edited by Libra63 on Jun 5, 2003 07:40 AM ]
posted on June 4, 2003 09:48:32 PM new
Hi Blueyes, it is a Condensed Milk container/ server.
Condensed milk was almost solid, but did "weep" liquid. The hole on the bottom was so the liquid could escape into the underplate and then be discarded.
Here is another one listed http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2637269477&category=93
But I think yours is prettier!
If you do a "completed" search of "condensed milk" you'll see a nice variety of others. Yours is complete with the underplate, which makes it more desireable.

[ edited by inot on Jun 4, 2003 09:49 PM ]
[ edited by inot on Jun 4, 2003 09:53 PM ]
posted on June 6, 2003 07:27:11 AM new
I went and looked at my jelly jar holder and I found that the hole in the bottom of mine is bigger than the one you showed of yours. Check and see the hole in mine is more the size of a quarter yours looks like the size of a nickle. Mine also doesn't have a plate and it also doesn't have the edge around the bottom. Mine is flat. I know mine is a jelly or jam holder and is complete as my mother used it when she was young and she was born in 1902. No I am not old, as my mother was older when she had me. [smile} I also notice that the plate under your lidded cup is curved and with that it could be a condensed milk holder and the curved plate will hold the liquid.

posted on June 6, 2003 07:28:56 AM new
I forgot one thing my jelly holder doesn't have a handle like that, it has two small ones on each side...

posted on June 7, 2003 08:11:24 AM new
Thanks, libra and others...The hole in the bottom is actually larger than a quarter...1 1/4 inches in diameter. And, as you said, mine has only one handle that is just like one you'd see on a cup/mug. The jam and condensed milk holders currently on eBay all seem to have two handles. So, guess this item is still somewhat of a mystery although the identifications already given seem to make the most sense.

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