Patterns of the Month
17,057 patterns and 1,079 sources and still growing.
Each month we feature a new pattern from our Pattern and Source Print Database and archive them on these pages.
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Shown here on a 6.31 inch child's plate are hands illustrating the sign language alphabet consonants in two circles surrounding a single hand showing the vowels. Children's patterns were often used as teaching tools, and this one would be as useful today as it was in the 19th century. However, the alphabet is an example of the British manual alphabet which uses two hands rather than the American manual alphabet which uses one hand.
Children's patterns were often given as rewards for good behavior, christening presents and teaching tools. Children, in general, like animals, so this 5.75 inch plate with an exotic animal would have been a delightful gift.
Shown is a 13 by 10 inch platter in the “Clyde Scenery” series by John & Job Jackson (1831-1835). The pattern here is “Blythswood House.” In addition to purple, the pattern was printed in blue, black, brown, pink, green and two color. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources shows 23 patterns in this series.
Dagger Border Class V
Shown is an earthenware 8 inch plate in the pattern known as "Dagger Border Class V." It was made by Wood & Caldwell (1790-1818), and is based on a Chinese hand-painted porcelain original.
Left: Wood & Caldwell 8 inch plate in the Dagger Border Class V pattern.
Right: The hand-painted Chinese Export hand-painted pattern, which is the source of the Dagger Border pattern.
Entrance to the Liverpool & Manchester Railway
Shown is a 4 inch planter in a British Themes Commemorative pattern titled “Entrance to the Liverpool & Manchester Railway.” The maker is unknown. This is a view of the famed Moorish Arch at Edge Hill in Liverpool, built in 1829 as part of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. It was the first railway line to carry passengers. The first photo shows the arch, and the second photo shows the train.
Free Masons Tavern & City Coffee House
Shown is a dinner plate of unknown size made by Pountney & Allies (1816-1835), ca, 1835. The center shows advertising for the Free Masons Tavern & City Coffee House on Bridge Street along with the border commonly used by Pountney & Allies for their “Sicilian” pattern. This establishment was in business on Bridge Street in Bristol from around 1820 until 1866.
"Harvard College" by Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846).This 10.5 inch plate is printed in dark brown, and is from Wood's Celtic China series, probably circa 1835-1846. David and Linda Arman in Historical Staffordshire, An Illustrated Check-List (1974) list 18 views in this series. The series, printed in black, brown, purple, light blue, pink and green, portrays scenic views of historical America.
Seen here is a 2.35 inch tall and 2.5 inch wide child's (note the cartoon-like eagle) yellow glazed mug which appears to be a commemorative piece. Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801-1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. This pattern belongs in the American Themes category.
Kennard Birds and Fish Series
Seen is pattern no. 63 in the series known as the Kennard Birds and Fish Series. The mark includes the name of the artist, Edward Kennard (1842-1910), as well as the manufacturer, T.C. Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. (1862-1902), and the retailer, John Mortlock. The pattern is part of a dinner service of 100 pieces decorated with birds, fish and other animals in a natural setting.
Shown is an English advertising pot lid, 2.75 inches in diameter. The advertising promises a lot of things! The text reads: "Marisanta / A Curative Salve / Draws and Heals / Cuts, Scalds, Burns, Festers / Gatherings, Boils, Whitlows, Chilblains / For All Wounds / Amicus Humani Generis.” The Latin phrase translates: “Friend of the Human Race.” This pattern is part of the Advertising Category of the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.
Philadelphia Waterworks Dam
Philadelphia Waterworks print"The Dam And Water Works Philadelphia" is one of two patterns on a 10 inch plate depicting this view. However, each view has a different boat in the foreground. This pattern is known as "Stern Wheel" boat view, as opposed to the "Side Wheel" version. The backgrounds of the Water Works are the same on each. The source of this view is a drawing by Thomas Birch, engraved by R. Campbell, 1824. The pattern was made by Henshall & Co. (1790-1828).
Sporting Series or Zoological Series
Commonly known as either Sporting Series or Zoological Series, this 18-3/4" by 14-3/4" well and tree platter was made by Enoch Wood & Sons in Staffordshire around 1825. Each size in this series depicts a different animal that is being hunted. The tiger in the background on this platter appears to be hunting too! There is no pattern name marked on any of the items.
States Series thumbnailHere is a 16.75 inch platter in the American Historical series known as the States Series. It was made by James and Ralph Clews around 1825. The English view in the center features Justice and Liberty on either side whose plinths say America and Independence. The oval medallion held by Justice shows George Washington. The banner displays the names of 15 American states separated by stars. See if you can figure out which states aren't part of the original thirteen!
Superior Chocolate Paste
Seen here is a 2.5 inch polychrome advertising pot lid made by John & Jos Mayer (1842-1855), ca. 1851. It advertises "Superior Chocolate Paste" made by J.S. Fry & Sons. The company made the first molded chocolate bar suitable for widespread consumption in 1847. They exhibited at the 1851 Exhibition. The company merged with Cadbury's Chocolate in 1919.
The Abigail, Shubael Pinkham
Shown is a 9.75 inch creamware plate by an unknown maker, ca. 1796. The TCC database says: "A stock print of a brigantine flying the American flag is framed in a circling vine of grapes and grape leaves. The Abigail was built in Hanover, Mass. in 1790; Pinkham was master 1795-97; the ship sailed to Liverpool in 1796, returning with 115 crates of earthenware.” How appropriate for the database!