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Patterns of the Month


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 Sailor’s Return

Shown is a 10 inch plate titled “The Sailor’s Return,” maker unknown, ca. 1840. The pattern is printed in black and painted. 

The Sailor’s Return Plate

Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan

Shown is an 18.25 inch platter titled “Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan.” It was made by John Hall (& Sons) around 1825. The pattern is based on a print, “The Taj Mahal, Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan and his Queen” from the book “A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India” by Charles Ramus Forrest, which was published in 1824.

Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan Plate Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan  Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan Mark

Zeus (Jupiter) in his Chariot

Here is a 10 inch plate made by Spode (1770-1833) in the Greek Pattern. It is part of a series where most sizes and shapes have a different center surrounded by the same border. This pattern depicts Zeus (Jupiter) in his Chariot. It is copied from the work of Wilhelm Tischbein, 1791.

Zeus (Jupiter) in his Chariot Plate Zeus (Jupiter) in his Chariot Mark

“Oriental Scenery” series

Shown is a 6.625 inch plate in John Hall (& Sons), 1814-1832, “Oriental Scenery” series. The pattern is from a series of Indian views, and this one is titled “City Of Benares.” It is copied from Charles Ramus Forrest’s book “A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India,” which was published in 1824.

“Oriental Scenery” series Plate “Oriental Scenery” series “Oriental Scenery” series Mark

“The Children of Flora”

Domed 5 inch polychrome or Prattware pot lid titled “The Children of Flora,” ca. 1860. Flora was a Roman goddess of flowers and the season of spring. The British children illustrated on this lid appear to be acting out the change of seasons.

“The Children of Flora” plate

"A Present From The Staffordshire Potteries"

Shown is a 7.75 inch pearlware plate titled "A Present From The Staffordshire Potteries." Children's patterns were often intended as rewards, christening gifts or souvenirs. This plate was probably a souvenir from the Potteries.

"A Present From The Staffordshire Potteries"  Plate


"A Ride On Carlo"

Found on a 7.25 inch plate, this pattern was made to delight and teach. Along with the alphabet on the border are clock numerals. The lucky child could learn to tell time as well as the ABCs. The actual pattern name is "Childrens (sic) Clock". The pattern was made by Brownhills Pottery (1872-1896).

"A Ride On Carlo" Plate

"ABC Song"

Children's plates and mugs were often given as rewards for good behavior, christening presents, and as teaching tools. Shown is an unusual pattern on a 7.5 inch plate which features the musical notes that are named for the first seven letters of the alphabet. These letter names are used over and over as you go up the piano keys: ABCDEFGABCDEFG.

"ABC Song" plate


"Anglais" which is the French word for "English," was made  by William Alsager Adderley (1876-1905).

This pattern, which is found on a 16 inch by 12.5 inch platter, is part of a series of famous English tourist spots and castles.  The asymmetrical Aesthetic style lends itself to more than one view.  The large view depicts  Warwick Castle and the small view depicts Guy's Cliffe. The naturalistic border is filled with flowers, ivy and ferns. Look for the spider and web in the left-hand corner.  The registry mark is for October 20, 1883.  


"At The Zoo"

"At The Zoo" by an unknown maker is found on a 5.12 inch child's ABC plate.   Patterns made to celebrate the popular London Zoological Gardens are found on adult dinner services as well as children's items.  To learn more about this pattern, see At The Zoo in the pattern and source print database.

"At The Zoo" Plate


Seen here is a 9.75 inch plate printed in black and red in the Ayam-Jantan pattern made by J & M P Bell & Co. (1842-1928) in Glasgow Scotland. The Rd. Number, 17429, is circa 1891. The pattern has a non-English descriptive title as it was intended for the South East Asia market. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.



Found on a 17.5 inch by 14 inch platter, this pattern is part of a series that depicts different birds in the center and the corners of the border.  It was made by John Dimmock & Co. (c. 1862-1904).  



Shown on a 9.63 inch plate, this pattern was made by Spode and many other factories. Inspired by an original Chinese export porcelain design, it was one of the earliest and most popular Chinoiserie patterns. Another name for the pattern is Boy on Buffalo.

"Buffalo" Plate "Buffalo" Plate "Buffalo" Mark


This  Aesthetic pattern 7.5 inch plate was made by James Broadhurst & Sons Ltd. (1847-1984). The pattern was registered March 16, 1883. Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the  Pattern and Source Print Database. 


"Chinese Market Stall"

Maker Unknown. This pattern is shown on a pearlware well and tree platter measuring 13 5/8” by 18 1/4” and is printed in underglaze blue with overglaze clobbering in shades of rust red and ochre enameling on the edge. The added coloring is unusual on a pattern of this type. Found on the back is an impressed “18” mark indicating the size of the dish and a blue hand painted “X” printer's mark. The border incorporates geometric shapes and picture medallions. Examples are known both with and without the name 'Wear Sc.' at the end of a fence in the design. [Not present on this piece.] The pattern is frequently attributed to Andrew Stevenson of Cobridge, Staffordshire, on the grounds of its resemblance to other marked similar patterns.

"Chinese Market Stall" Plate

"Christmas Day"

Children's patterns were intended as gifts or teaching tools. This 7 inch plate does both.  It was probably a Christmas gift and its molded border teaches the alphabet.  As is typical for most patterns made for children, the maker is unknown.

"Christmas Day" Plate

"Clyde Scenery"

"Clyde Scenery" printed in underglaze pink(red) by John & Job Jackson (1831-1835). The central pattern is different on each size and shape. The river Clyde runs through Glasgow, so that although this is an unidentified view, it is probably easy to research. The pattern is also printed in purple, black, brown, blue and teal green.

"Clyde Scenery" Plate"Clyde Scenery" Mark


Seen here is a 10.5 inch plate printed in the "Congo" pattern by Forester & Hulme (1887-1892). It is common for an Aesthetic pattern to have a place name as the title, although the birds and plants here seem to have little to do with the Congo. Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the  Pattern and Source Print Database.


"Cowes Harbour"

Shown here is a 6.5 inch plate featuring Cowes Harbour. Cowes Harbour is located in the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in Britain. The pattern is part of the large Enoch Wood & Sons Irregular Shell Border Series, ca. 1825. The series is best known for its American Historical views, but includes a few British views. Notice that the title of the scene is printed in the left-hand corner of the center.

"Cowes Harbour" Plate"Cowes Harbour" Mark


"Devonshire" pattern on earthenware in underglaze brown by Ridgways, Staffordshire, circa 1880. This plate is an example of Aesthetic Movement transferware.


"Domestic Cattle"

Shown on both a 9 inch plate and 13 inch comport, this view features a seated figure piping. The pattern is attributed to Careys on the basis of a piece bearing the factory mark and series name on a ribbon (FOB True Blue p. 86, Case 31/2). Cattle is the old English word for domestic animals, while today we only think of cows as cattle. 

Domestic Deer plateDomestic Deer plate mark

"Dunns Boot & Shoes"

This 7.25 inch plate with a molded alphabet border advertises a shoe store in Wingate, which is located in County Durham in England.

Dunns Boot & Shoes

"Durham Ox With John Day"

"Durham Ox With John Day" by an unknown maker is found on a 21 inch by 17 inch platter.  It was copied from an engraving  by T.Whessell after a painting by T. Boultbec.   See the engraving.  The Durham Ox is actually only found on this pattern and the 10" plate and soup plate.  The rest of the series portrays rural scenes with cows and cowmen. 

Durham ox plateDurham ox plate mark

"Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland"

"Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland" from the "Hibernia" series by John Wedge Wood (1841-1860) is found on an 8.12 inch plate.  Hibernia is the classical Latin name for Ireland.  The pattern is part of a series where each size and shape has a different scene.

"Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland" Plate"Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland" Mark