Patterns of the Month
18,549 patterns and 1,136 sources and still growing.
Each month we feature a new pattern from our Pattern and Source Print Database and archive them on these pages.
Members only: for more information about these patterns and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.
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The EyeDeal Hare Restorer
Shown on a 1.7 inches high pot, from an unknown maker. The pattern is a rebus: a combination of words and pictures. Click on the heading of this entry to view the additional images on the pot. The advertisement is for a hair restorer. The pattern uses the words, The, Deal, and Restorer. The pictures that replace the words, I and Hair, are an eye and a hare. The pattern is clever and attractive, which is what you would want for an advertisment that holds your product. The pot or container probably had a paper lid or a paper band that included the name of the maker or retailer plus other information about the product. For TCC members, this is pattern #17852 in the Database of Patterns and Sources. To see other patterns that advertise hair products, search Advertising/Hair Products/Pomades in the database.
Rabbits in a Roadster
Shown is 9.25 inch plate with a pattern known as Rabbits in a Roadster. It is from a series of six different anthropomorphic scenes of rabbits engaged in various activities. All of the patterns in this series have transferware rabbits along with stick sponge decoration. For members, this is pattern #17852 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The maker of the pattern has been unknown until recently. Information about the maker of this pattern and series will be incorporated in a future article in the TCC Bulletin.
A Chop House
Shown is a plate made by Herculaneum (1796-1840), ca. 1828-1830. It has a molded border. The pattern, “A Chop House," shows three men enjoying a meal at a chop house (men only). For TCC members, this is pattern #17521 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The source print for this pattern is included in the entry.
Chief Justice Marshall, Troy
Shown is a saucer of unknown size and maker. The style of printing decoration includes high temperature painted color applied to a transfer print under the glaze. It is also known as Salopian decoration. The birds may be finches, perhaps goldfinches. For more information, this is pattern #6711 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources (members only).
General La Fayette
Shown is a 7.63 inch plate that features a portrait of General La Fayette (as used on the plate). It was made to honor General Lafayette (current spelling), who joined the American War of Independence in1777. Lafayette was greatly honored by the United States when he was invited back in 1822. The wording on the plate is: "He was born at Auvergne in France 1757, joined the American struggle in 1777 and in 1824 returned to repose in the bosom of the land whose liberty he in part gave birth to.” The pattern is #18238 In the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources (members only).
This pattern, “Neil” #03, is from a series of Aesthetic floral patterns. It was made by William Brownfield (& Son(s)), who were in business from 1850-1892. For more information about this pattern, see pattern #19270 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources (TCC members only). To learn more about the series, see pattern #4268.
Shown is a 2.64 inch pot lid that advertises Circassian Cream. It was a relatively expensive cold cream or pomade, which was used during the Victorian period. Circassia was located in eastern Europe near the northeastern Black Sea coast. Price & Co. was located in London at various addresses, 28 Lombard Street at the time this lid was produced. In addition to cold creams, the company produced bears grease pomades, tooth pastes, and other products. For TCC members, this is pattern #20337 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.
Edward Kennard artist
This pattern is part of a dinner service of 100 pieces decorated with birds, fish, and other animals in a natural setting. It was made by T.C. Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co.(1862-1905), and was designed by the artist Edward Kennard. For members, this pattern is 14185 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.
Elephant and Howdah #02
The Death Of Rover
This 19th century mug was intended for a child. However, it is a pattern that would be considered inappropriate for children in the 21st century. “The Death Of Rover,” is copied from Thomas Bewick’s “A General History of Quadrupeds,” which was first published in 1790. Hanging was a way of killing dogs who harmed livestock. To learn more about it, see pattern #19043 in the Database of Patterns and Sources.
Healey & Cos Celebrated Crystallized Honey Cream
An uncommon polychrome (Prattware) advertising pot lid, inasmuch as the producer name is rarely printed with the pattern. Of particular interest is that the same pattern was used for four different hairdressers, all located on the same street in Manchester, England. For more information, see Pattern 20517 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources (members only). Many hundreds of polychrome pot lids were produced in the mid and late 19th century, and are well documented in a series of references.
Shown is a 10.375 inch soup plate from the “Gainsboro” series. Each pattern in the series depicts a different variety or variation of fruit in the Aesthetic style. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources includes 13 Gainsboro patterns, and this one is #12. The DB entry identifies the fruit as peaches; we think they are plums! The series was made by Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. (1862-1904) for the French market.