Item Number: #260
Production Dates: 1939-1974
Born from the mould of a 10″ bowl, the Shallow Fruit Bowl is a beautiful item from the American 2056 line. It is a very large and versatile piece, and is strikingly handsome. The actual height of the bowl is approximately 3 inches, with sides that flow gracefully outward and upwards.
One thing worth remembering, especially if you are a new collector, is that Sellers will sometimes incorrectly describe items. It is not uncommon to see the Lily Pond piece being described as the Shallow Fruit Bowl. There are differences, but with a quick glance – they might not be so noticeable. Just remember that the genuine Shallow Fruit Bowl is the larger of the two pieces. The Lily Pond is smaller; it is approximately 12″ in diameter and about 2¼” in height. The Lily Pond has edges that go straight up and slightly inward – as it usually holds water.
The Shallow Fruit Bowl is just that – shallow. That is one of the big differences between it and the many other American nappies and bowls. Since the diameter of the bowl is large, one can display a large amount of fruit on it. Even if you don’t want to use it as a fruit display, the Shallow Fruit Bowl is multipurpose. It is excellent as a cake stand, a bread basket, and even as a display piece to uplift and hold a floral arrangement. I use mine every year to hold my holiday centerpiece, with great results!
Any type of fruit bowl needs to allow for good ventilation, which allows the fruit to stay fresher longer. With shallow sides and a large diameter, the Shallow Fruit Bowl can hold quite a bit of fruit while still providing adequate air flow. It is also aesthetically pleasing to look at. If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for this piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Shallow Fruit Bowls on eBay.