A brown vintage Portmeirion Hen casserole dish/egg store in the oven-to-tableware range, by Susan Williams-Ellis.
This is an ever popular and lovely chicken casserole dish or egg store. This brown hen is the no3 size.
There is a small production mark, please see the photographs.
7.25 in (18.5 cm) x 5.5 in (14 cm) x 2 in (5 cm)
7 in (18 cm) beak to tail x 4.75 in (12 cm)
Portmeirion chickens are instantly recognisable by the little chicks under the wings.
Starting in 1963, by 1968 Portmeirion had five sizes of chicken from the largest size 1 down to the smallest size 5. By the 1970's the chickens were available in matt and gloss white, green, blue and brown. The sizes were reduced to 1, 2 and 3.
Blue and green were withdrawn in 1973 and Numbers 3 and 2 sizes were withdrawn in 1983, leaving the white number 1 chicken alone until it was retired in 1994
Truly a collecting classic.