12th August 2019

Mason Cash: 200 Years in the Baking

Did you know that Mason Cash originated in a Pottery operating in Church Gresley at the heart of the English ceramic industry in 1800?

That’s right, the brand became world-renowned for producing kitchen items made from distinct ‘white and cane’ glazed earthenware during the mid-19th century and has continued as a well-recognized brand in English kitchenware since.

Although Mason Cash had produced mixing bowls during the 1800’s, it was in 1901 when Tom Cash bought the Mason pottery business and named it Mason Cash & Co. that the very first iconic Mason Cash Mixing Bowl was brought to life. The traditional bowl has since endured the test of time and is as popular with home bakers today as it was back then.

As a firm favorite on TV shows and movies around the world, the iconic bowl has featured on the big screen throughout the years in many British period dramas. It has become a staple kitchenware prop often seen in famous residences such as the delightful Downton Abbey, and we’re excited to see if it will make an appearance in the new film, out in September.

Fun Facts about Mason Cash:

- In the mid-19th Century, Mason Cash products were often called 'bargeware' as they came straight off the production line and were loaded directly into canal barges and shipped to different cities and ports to be exported all over the world.

- Mason Cash bowls are traditionally given sizes according to how many could fit on a shelf in a kiln when being made. Our most popular size, 12, didn't refer to inches, it just meant that twelve could fit on a shelf. The size is still relevant in modern ways of manufacture.

- In the 19th century, Mason Cash oven dishes were referred to as 'nappies'. This came from the old English word 'hnaep', which simply means plate.

Click here to view our traditional Cane Collection.

Mason Cash Cane Batter Bowl