Photos of the Month
Can anyone identify this retailers mark?
An Australian graduate student has asked for our assistance in identifying this apparent retailers mark, which includes text in (possibly) Cyrillic. Please send your thoughts to the TCC web administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can Identify this Pattern(s) ?
We often receive requests on the TCC website Message Board for assistance in identifying patterns. We generally can successfully provide the pattern name and related information. But occasionally a request stumps us. Following is the first in what no doubt will be a series of requests for members’ help. This mug, missing its handle, is 5 inches high and wide (diameter). It currently resides in Scotland. The member(s) who successfully provides pattern ID, maker, and anything else of interest wins great fame and bragging rights.
Residence Interior Wall
A residence interior wall with various items, enhanced with just one transferware platter. The pattern is “Masonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, Southwark”. This example is 11.5 X 14 inches, smaller than the example shown in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, where it is record # 3886. The building was constructed in the late 18th c and housed up to 100 orphaned daughters of freemasons through 1856. Although the maker is unknown, a retailers mark on the reverse names John Burn, Newport Market, London, and in cludes the name J.J. Cuff, who operated a tavern and coffee ship on the premises in 1805 and at least through the printing of this platter, probably the 1820s. TCC members can view the DB entry for additional information.
Transfer printed toast racks are uncommon, particularly when printed with an architectural themed image. It is difficult to tell, but it appears that one engraving was used, and the printed tissue cut down to fit the variably sized dividers. We would welcome additional images of transfer printed toast racks.
Women of Spode and the Indian Tree Pattern
Our primary image depicts a sampling of the women who have worked at Spode Works over the years. Note the image at the upper left, which depicts a painter at work, perhaps in the 1940s (????). Now focus on the plate, which is Spode’s “Indian Tree” pattern. According to the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, this pattern was produced from 1877 through at least 1957. Finally, we draw your attention to the second and third photos, which date from November 2021. This Indian Tree dinner service (only a small portion is shown) was the 1947 wedding set of Mary and Henry Hoexter, in San Francisco, California, and is still in use (although not on a daily basis) and loved to this day. Thanks to the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Center Facebook page and Judie Siddall / David Hoexter for the images.
Handling Session at the 2016 Charlottesville, VA Annual Meeting
A highlight of many TCC annual meetings is handling and discussing features associated with various transferware patterns and forms. This montage shows a handling session during our 2016 Charlottesville, VA meeting. We travelled one day to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, to view the Reeves Collection of Chinese export porcelain and armorial porcelain, with examples dating from 1500 to the present. We were royally hosted by curator Ron Fuchs.
Dudson Museum, Hanley Stoke-on-Trent
Winter scene of the Dudson Museum (housed primarily in the large bottle oven!). Drone view by the Stoke Sentinel; thanks to Phil Rowley. Interior view from the museum’s website. More Information.
A Smattering of Christmas and New Year Transferware
A smattering of Christmas and New Year transferware patterns. All from the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Members, search for more!
A Happy New Year to You: Children’s Plate, maker unknown, TCC DB 14479.
Christmas Bells (A Merry Christmas and (A Happy New Year): small bowl by David Lockhart & Co, 1876-98, TCC DB 13422.
Christmas Eve (Wilkie’s Designs) series: plate by Ralph & James Clews, 1814-34, TCC DB 1972.
Father Christmas: Children’s Plate by Charles Allerton & Sons, 1832-42, TCC DB 8564.
Xmas Eve: Pratt/Polychrome pot lid, by F.&R. Pratt & Co, TCC DB 11670.
TCC members were treated to many transferware delights at our 2014 annual meeting held at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. Pictured here is part of the display in the special exhibit “Transferware: A Story of Pattern and Color”; and obviously engaged meeting participants viewing various transferware-related documents and prints from the Winterthur library and archives (candid photo).
Transferware Children’s Mugs
Just a sampling of the hundreds of children’s mugs in the collection of Historic New England (HNA), located in the Boston MA vicinity. We viewed the mugs and much more at the HNA Collections and Conservation Center as part of our October 2013 Annual Meeting. Read more about the meeting. Read about every TCC Annual Meeting.
What is a “salt plate” and what is the connection to death and transferware? More information.
Credits: Thanks to Sue Wagstaff for bringing this to our attention and to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."