Grimwade Quick Cooker Bowl

One thing I love to do is go to yard sales. But one of the promises I made myself a few years ago when I was downsizing is that I only collect Asian vases. Anything else that I find that’s vintage that I love, I can purchase, and then I sell on eBay or on Etsy.

This is one of my recent finds, a Grimwade Quick Cooker Bowl. I’d never seen one of these, but it intrigued me, so I purchased it.

The Grimwade Quick Cooker Bowl was used for cooking steam puddings and stews. When I researched, I found that it was awarded a gold medal in 1911. Grimwade Brothers established their Winton Pottery (Stoke) in about 1886. Grimwade Brothers was founded by Leonard Lumsden Grimwade, and then his brother Sidney Richard joined him.

Clip from Montreal Gazette November 7, 1916, page 18 from (subscription required)

This cooker bowl appears to have been made circa 1934-50 based on the maker’s mark on the bottom, as shown below. You can learn more about the marks HERE.

I found an ad from The Leader-Post in Regina, Saskatchewan, from September 5th, 1931, on (subscription required)

The pot would have been perfect for making my family’s Christmas Pudding, but I’m going to resist the urge to keep it. Instead, I’ve added it to eBay and my Etsy Store and cross-posted it to Shop the Hound. This way, I can continue to feed my inner urge to continue to go to garage sales but not clutter up the house.

I’d love to hear if anyone’s family had this type of pot and what they cooked in it.

#Ebay #Etsy #ShoptheHound #Grimwade


  • Debi Smith says:

    Hi Ellen,
    I recognized the bowl right away. What a surprise! My mother-in-law has one and made her Christmas Carrot Pudding in it every year. It is a family favourite with the added hard sauce topping. I will be sharing information from your story with her about the manufacturer when we see her in October ( for her 96th birthday celebration). Great family tradition – you should keep the bowl and i’ll send you the pudding recipe!

  • Helen Sellin says:

    My maternal grandmother had a bowl which she covered with a cloth to make steak and kidney pudding, NOT pie! The crust had to use lard and was delicious permeated with the meat juices. Probably not healthy but I loved it. ‘Steak’ was definitely not steak but chuck of some kind.
    She also had a largish metal covered container rippled on the bottom for Christmas plum pudding and various canning jars for mincemeat. Those were the days when she made her own candied orange peel, had to seed muscat raisins etc before she made the plum pudding and mincemeat.
    I have made many batches of plum pudding and mincemeat from purchased candied orange peel, seeded muscats etc because even Crosse and Blackwell was not the same. Today my local stores do not even carry the orange peel, muscats, currants etc. Things have changed.

    • I’ve never tried steak and kidney pie/pudding. I’m sure I’d love the steak part :).. I love old family recipes. Thanks for telling the story of your families recipes.