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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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Chinese Phoenix

Shown is an Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) 9 inch plate named “Chinese Phoenix” by the TCC.  The dark blue color indicates that the pattern was made for the American Market.

Chinese Phoenix Plate Chinese Phoenix Mark

Clyde Scenery

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.

Clyde Scenery PlateClyde Scenery MarkClyde Scenery

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.

Dagger Border Class PlateDagger Border Class Plate


Dragon and the Phoenix

Shown is an eight inch porcelain dish that is printed in underglaze black and painted in green. It was made by Machin & Co. (1802-1831). The pattern number, which is painted on the back of the dish, is “862.” The pattern shows both the dragon and the phoenix. 

Dragon and the phoniex

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. 

Entrance to the Liverpool & Manchester RailwayEntrance to the Liverpool & Manchester Railway

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.

Free Masons Tavern & City Coffee HouseFree Masons Tavern & City Coffee HouseFree Masons Tavern & City Coffee House

Geese with Peonies and Feathers

Shown is a 10.75 inch plate known as Geese with Peonies and Feathers. It was made by G.M. & C.J. Mason (1813-1826). The pattern is #11719 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.

Geese with Peonies and Feathers Plate Geese with Peonies and Feathers Mark

Genuine Bears Grease

“Genuine Bears Grease” 2.8 inch pot lid. John Gosnell & Co. was the importer. Bear’s grease was used as a pomade for men’s hair. When the supply of bears decreased, pomade was made from cow's grease.

Genuine Bears Grease

Harvard College

"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.

Harvard CollegeHarvard College

Jefferson Mug

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. 

Jefferson Mug

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.

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Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry

Shown is a 6.5 inch plate titled “Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry.” The source print for the pattern is from the “History of Covertry,” which was published in 1852.

Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry PlateLady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry Mark


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. 





Ornithological Series

This series was  made by Andrew Stevenson (1810-1836).  Each size and shape has a different bird or birds in the center.  This 10 inch plate depicts a peacock and turkey. 

Ornithological plate


parrot plateShown is a pattern in the Animals Category/Birds in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. The pattern, known as Parrot, was made by Copeland & Garrett (1833-1847).parrot pattern mark

Peace and Plenty

Peace and Plenty markShown here is a 14.5 inch platter known as "Peace and Plenty". It was made around 1825 by James and Ralph Clews (1813-1834) to celebrate the young United States. The pattern is found on many shapes and sizes.

Peace and PlentyPeace and Plenty

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).  

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"Quadrupeds" by John Hall, printed in underglaze blue on earthenware, Staffordshire circa 1825. The central animal pattern and the animals in the border vary by size. This is a huge series filled with animals

Quadrupeds plate

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. 

Sporting series plate

States Series

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! 

State Series PlateState Series

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.

Superior Chocolate Paste

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 Goldfinch

"The Goldfinch" by an unknown maker is printed on a 9.75 inch plate.  The pattern, circa 1820, is found on both dinner and teawares. 

Goldfinch plate

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.

The Immortal William Shakespeare MugThe Immortal William Shakespeare Mug