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French enamel flat back container, origianlly for medical use but great for putting flowers in. This curious flat back container with a small spout at the bottom once had a medical use - it had a hose attached to the spout and a tap and nozzle attached to that and was used for 'ladies things' as the man who sold it to me said! These vessels were also used for enemas I believe. This 'vase' still has its Pyrex tube with it although the rubber tubing to connect the two has long gone.

Nowadays these are collectible and are used for flower displays to hang on a wall because of their flat back. You could use it for whatever you wanted of course!

The container has graded measurements up to 2 litres (over 4 pints). It is white with a blue rim. There is a handle and spout on the front and the back is flat.

The container measures 7¼ins (18.5cm) to the top of the flat back and is 4¾ins (12cm) from front to back at the bottom (not including the handle). It is in good vintage condition with a few chips here and there but no major damage, just shabby chic. It is quite round compared to other examples of this type, the hanging hole is inside the container.

This is a nice piece of collectible enamelware with an interesting history to amuse your friends with!
I have another of these in mottled white - see last photo

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French enamel flat back container, originally for medical use but great for putting flowers in.


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: enamel
  • Ships worldwide from France
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