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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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Moses in the Bulrushes

This pattern is known as "Moses in the Bulrushes.” It is found on a 6.25 inch saucer by an unknown maker.

Moses in the Bulrushes Plate

Napoleon's Battles

Shown is a 10.5 inch plate from the "Napoleon's Battles" series. It was made by Charles James Mason & Co. (1826-1845). It depicts "The Battle of "Austerlitz (the title of the battle is at the bottom of the central scene). The Battle of Austerlitz, also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, is considered perhaps the greatest of Napoleon's victories.

Napoleon's Battles Plate Napoleon's Battles Napoleon's Battles Mark


Shown is a 5.25 inch saucer. It was made by R. Davies & Co. (1833-1844). The pattern illustrates the city of Christiania, which is now known as Oslo. Oslo was founded in the 11th century, but became known as Christiania to honor the Danish and Norwegian King Christian in the 17th century. The name reverted to Oslo in 1926. Oslo is the capital of Norway.

Oslo Plate Oslo Mark

Outdoor Ammusements

The pattern, Outdoor Amusements #01, is shown on an 18.5 inch high garden seat. The maker is unknown. Outdoor Amusements #02 is also in the database, as the top or seat features a different pattern.

Outdoor Ammusements Plate Outdoor Ammusements

Pashkov House, Moscow

The pattern on this 8.5 inch plate was copied from "View of a Street in Moscow, with the Magnificent Mansion of Pascof" by Edward Daniel Clarke, 1809. The maker of the pattern is unknown. It dates from around 1825.

Pashkov House, Moscow Plate Pashkov House, Moscow

Retreat from Waterloo

Shown is a 10 inch soup plate made by Copeland & Garrett (1833-1847). It is titled on the front of the plate, “Retreat from Waterloo,” and is part of the Wellington Series.

Retreat from Waterloo Plate Retreat from Waterloo MArk

St. John

Shown is an 11 inch plate titled “St. John”  by an unknown maker, ca. 1835.  It is from “The Sun Of Righteousness” series.

St. John Plate


Made by Spode (1770-1833), this rare all-over sheet-type floral pattern was printed underglaze in blue. The example shown here was produced with the background to the flowers entirely painted in gold. The pattern name, Sunflower, is also known as "Convolvulus."

Sunflower Plate 

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