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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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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

W. Penns Treaty

"W. Penns Treaty" on earthenware in underglaze brown by Thomas Green, Minerva Works, Fenton, Staffordshire, circa 1847. The central pattern varies by size. This is a 17" platter. The pattern was also printed in green, pink, black, and blue.

Penns Treaty


Shown is a 10 inch plate printed in green and red in the “Washington” pattern by Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846). It is one of three patterns from this series in the TCC database.


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.

William Burgess

William Pyke

Shown is a 10.5 inch plate that advertises the jeweler William Pyke, ca. 1891-1905. The company’s specialties are enumerated in the text on the plate: “William Pyke 42,44 Market Street 227 Grange Rd Birkenhead / Diamond Merchant Goldsmith Jeweler Watch Maker / Tempus Fugit Use it Wisely.”

William Pyke

Willow Nankin 

Saucer, 5 inches. A Caughley (1775-1779) porcelain Willow Nankin pattern that is copied almost exactly from the Chinese original, which is known as Two Birds. 

Willow Nankin  Plate Willow Nankin  Plate

Wm Clayton & Cos Bears Grease

Shown is a 19th century English pot lid advertising “Wm Clayton & Cos Bears Grease.” Bears Grease was used as a hair pomade.

Wm Clayton & Cos Bears Grease

Zoological Sketches

"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.

Zoological Scetches plate

“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.

“A Was an Archer, Prepared for Battle" Plate

“For a good Boy”

Shown is a 7.5 inch plate, “For a good Boy.” It shows a dancing bear and dog, and was intended to delight a beloved child. The TCC database is filled with charming patterns that were gifts of affection for boys and girls. 

“For a good Boy” Plate“For a good Boy” Plate

“Gainsboro” Series

Seen here is a 10.37 inch plate from the “Gainsboro” series of twenty-four different botanical patterns.  It was made by Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. (1862-1904). The marks tell us that the pattern was registered on June 3, 1884 and the shape was registered on December 2, 1879.

Gainsboro SeriesGainsboro Series

“Peace and Good Old Times”

Seen is a 6.5 inch plate titled “Peace and Good Old Times” by an unknown maker. It was probably made to celebrate the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. The message is also an excellent wish for the New Year! Happy 2020!

“Peace and Good Old Times” Plate

Outdoor Amusements

Outdoor Amusements #01

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. 

Outdoor Amusements #02



“Let Brotherly Love Continue”

“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."


"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. For members only, this is pattern #6947 in the database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the “Pattern of the Month."



Peruvian Hunters

Seen is a 15.5 inch platter in the “Peruvian Hunters” series made by Goodwin & Ellis(1839-1840). There are five patterns from this series in the database. Two are printed in brown, one in teal, one in purple, and one in blue.

Peruvian Hunters Plate Peruvian Hunters Mark


"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. 

"Fisherman" Plate "Fisherman" Mark

"No 107"

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. 

"No 107"  Plate "No 107"  Mark

"Romantic Castle #1"

"Romantic Castle #1" by Davenport (1794-1887) is part of a series found in many color combinations.  Each size has a different center pattern unified by the same border.  This pattern, which is found on a 10.75 inch plate, is printed in three colors under the glaze. 
"Romantic Castle #1 Plate "Romantic Castle #1 mark