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A vintage enamel lunch pail or gamelle found in France.

An unusual round shape in a lovely dark red enamel and has a lift out section. The interior is a beautiful bright blue enamel. The larger lower section was probably intended to hold potatoes and vegetables with the upper section used for meat.

The overall condition is good but there are some small chips on the exterior enamel finish (particularly on the handle - see photos) and the blue interior enamel is a little dull and worn in places. There are no dents and I would say the wear is consistent with the age and use this lovely item has had. The inner rim of the lid is a little rusty but it is still a great object and would be a wonderful addition to your French country kitchen as a storage container or simply as a display object.

It has Deutschland printed on the base indicating that it was made in Germany.

I bought this at a local vide grenier and the lady who sold it to me said it had belonged to her grandfather so I estimate it to be 1930s or 1940s.

Dimensions: height 7.3 inches (18.5 cm) to top of handle, 5.5 inches diameter (to outside of handle rings) 14 cm. The main lower chamber is 4 inches tall (10cm), the lift out compartment is 2.6 inches tall (6.5 cm)

If you wish to make multiple purchases I am happy to combine shipping, please convo me for an accurate shipping cost.

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French enamel lunch pail gamelle


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: metal, enamel, rust
  • Ships worldwide from France
  • Feedback: 903 reviews
  • Favorited by: 47 people