The Story of the Potato Ring
We have recently been lucky enough to acquire a piece that many people may have difficulty identifying – An Irish Potato Ring.
This ring served a simple function – to hold baked potatoes. The ring, which is open on the bottom, would be placed on a large round plate and then filled with potatoes which could be removed with tongs. Alternatively, a round dish holding the potatoes would be placed within the ring, thus protecting the table from the heat of the dish.
In more modern times, a silver bowl was made to fit into the ring so the piece could be used as a centrepiece holding flowers.
Though invented in London in the early 18th century, it was in Ireland that they developed into desirable items of beauty.
What makes these pieces even more sought after as collector’s items, is that they were used by the elite in the time of the Great Irish Famine (1845-1952). So not only are they extremely rare, but they signify the diverse living standard of the people of Ireland during the period.