Q: Where did they come from?
Traditional Cane Bowls were an item invented in the late 19th century by the precursor of the Mason Cash Company, which was incorporated in Church Gresley in England in 1901.
Q: Why a Cane Bowl? (H3)
The Cane bowl was fashioned from local light brown clay, hence the name. It is also known as yellow ware. Most people would recognise a Mason Cash bowl without knowing the name or brand as their mother and grandmother almost certainly had one. Vintage Mason Cash mixing bowls are still very sought after today.
Q: So what is a Gripstand mixing bowl?
Another Church Gresley yellow ware manufacturer T.G.Green patented a variation of the Can Bowl in 1906, in which a wedge was cut into the base. This allows the bowl to be easily tilted and held at an angle, this helps whisking and stirring. The companies competed until Mason Cash took over T.G.Green in 2001 although 6 years later the brands split again. A vintage gripstand mixing bowl is perhaps even more sought after today than the more traditional Mason Cash bowl.