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.
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 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.
“A Was an Archer, Prepared for Battle"
Seen is a pattern, “A Was an Archer, Prepared for Battle,” that was intended to teach the letter “A.” It is from a series of all the letters of the alphabet. The molded border features greyhounds, goats, and butterflies. The maker is unknown. The pattern is one of the nearly 15,000 pattern in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.
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.
Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about the patterns. The patterns are #11445 and #11455 in the database.
“Let Brotherly Love Continue”
This Masonic jug by an unknown maker shows two men wearing top hats and Masonic aprons. The crown they are holding shows a GR, which probably signifies that the jug was made around the time of the coronation of George IV in 1821. If you are a TCC member, this is pattern #5659 in the database.
Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the “Pattern of the Month."
"Fisherman" by Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846). This 7" plate is from the 1835-1846 period. Although this plate is printed in underglaze brown and blue, the pattern is also found printed in combinations of red and black, blue and black and red and green, and probably more color combinations! The factory also used different borders for this series, as well as different centers, a highly unusual occurrence.
Plate, 9 inches. As there is no other name, the pattern is known by the number printed with the name of the factory, Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846.) Although the pattern looks oriental, it is actually a romanticized version of an oriental pattern, and thus is found in Romantic Themes/Oriental in the database.