Patterns of the Month
16,789 patterns and 1,071 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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"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!
The Immortal William Shakespeare
April 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Here is a 4 inch mug that features a portrait of Shakespeare above the words that are on his grave; "Good friends for Jesus sake forbear/To dig the dust enclosed here:/Blest be the man that spares these stones/And curst be he that moves my bones." The portrait and words are superimposed on the "Gleaners ii" pattern. The mug dates from around 1820.
William Burgess Tomato Tooth Paste
The toothpaste would have been tomato colored, and not tomato flavored. The lid dates from 1897. Packaging for dental products, food, hair products, shaving cream, soaps and medicinal ointments were commonly in a pottery pot with a transfer printed lid until World War I. Black printed lids were the most common. There are an estimated 10,000 different lid patterns. Pot lid, 2.9 inches.
"Zoological Sketches" printed on earthenware in underglaze black by Job Meigh & Son (1815-1832). The central animal pattern and the birds in the border are different on nearly each size and shape. This soup tureen stand depicts a leopard. Other animals in the series are an elephant, a rhinoceros, an elk, a lion, a tiger, a skunk, a hyena, a zebra, a lemur, a gazelle, kangaroos, and more! The pattern was also printed in blue.