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Tiles of the Month

Flowers and Fans

Flowers and FansFlowers and Fans set of 9Flowers and Fans set of 9Tile 6 x 6 inches, aesthetic blue-printed pattern in 4 sections. Maker is Maw & Co. 1852-1969, Broseley, Jackfield, Shropshire. It has a TCC Assigned Name as there is no pattern name in the mark. See pattern #18267 in the database for more information. 

This is a pattern of alternating stylized flowers and fans. The flowers, each slightly different are on a light background. The two fans, on a dark background, have a differing number of small white flowers. The group of 9 arrangement has each tile placed next to each other as the single tile is placed. The result shows diagonal rows of flowers or fans moving both left to right from the top and right to left. 

The cut-up arrangement has a different focus putting 4 tiles with like background color together alternating like a tic-tac-toe board set up. The fan group is arranged differently in the middle spot for a looser effect.

"No. 111" Flower with Dotted Roads

"No. 111" Flower with Dotted Roads"No. 111" Flower with Dotted Roads set of 9Tile, 6 x 6 inches. Maker is Sherwin & Cotton 1877–1911, Hanley, Staffordshire. "No. 111" is printed on the back of the tile. It has been given a descriptive TCC Assigned Name for ease in searching. It is pattern #18585 in the database.

This is a complex pattern with a basic square diamond shape dotted road in the center with round bump-outs. The round arrow-shapes at top and bottom are part of that square diamond and are each filled with a foliated scroll. A small yellow flower aat the very center is surrounded on two sides with two urns with clinging vines. The roads are yellow-colored with dots so it can be seen that the center section is placed on top of the square diamond. More crossed roadways are produced when the group of 9 tiles is put together. The outer sections of foliated scrolls on dotted background form new light-colored large motifs that contrast with the dark pattern on a single tile.  

Purple Feathers

Purple FeathersPurple Feathers set of 9This is a 6 inch tile with maker unknown. The back of the tile has the raised letters ENGLAND on a grid telling us only that it was produced 1891 or after. This is a very bold pattern in theme and color. No reference has been found; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. It is pattern #19427 in the database.

The pattern is made up of large, curved purple feathers surrounding small motifs. One motif hangs from the top, seemingly upside down with a long, narrow bud surrounded by scrolls. The lower motif is a flower. That flower is recreated by the narrow borders coming together in the grouping seen here of 9 tiles together. The top small flower is a repeat of the flower in the lower part of the center pattern. The grouping could have been too bright and busy to cover a large wall surface, but may have been used as a fireplace surround.

Stylized Fanciful Turkey #02

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This is a 6 inch tile with the maker, Josiah Wedgwood's name in raised letters on the back. It is dated c. 1870-1900. This is such an imaginative pattern in shades of blue and white that once you think it looks like a turkey, it can't be anything else! No reference has been found; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. It is pattern #18281. There is a link to Stylized Fanciful Turkey #01 that has another way to use the idea behind the design.

In this design, there are four motifs placed so that the tails fan out toward the center. This pattern begs for completion on the sides and corners by grouping it with other like tiles for a display.  A diagonal group such as seen here places the lower turkey images upright as well as forming a new secondary pattern of a large leafy flower with the leaves from the corners. One can also see the now complete strings of 3 small flowers that were cut off at the sides of the pattern.

Wheat Bouquet

Wheat BouquetWheat Bouquet set of 9This is a very strong brown and white pattern on a 6 inch tile with the center section set in diagonal shape. The back of the tile gives no information regarding pattern nor maker. No reference has been found for the pattern; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. Pattern #19246 in the database.

The center pattern features a vase with a bouquet of 3 stalks of wheat and their leaves plus curving feathery leaves on each side. The background has a tightly woven pattern in medium brown. The lower part of the vase resembles a fleur-de-lis. The border consists of a triangle in each corner with angled lines and a quarter part of a flower. It is clearly designed to form a secondary pattern when a group of tiles is formed for decorating a fireplace or wall. A group of 9 tiles shows the secondary pattern formed with the corners is as strong as the original center pattern.


Pomegranate Border

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This 6 inch tile pattern was designed specifically to serve as one section of a border pattern. The back of the tile has the words Mintons China Works impressed, giving the name of the maker. The dates are c. 1873-1891. See pattern #18718 in the database.

The tile itself has a border pattern on two sides only. It is a honeycomb pattern that has been cut in half with the two edges meshed together to form a honeycomb variation. The center of the tile shows a large, ripe pomegranate as well as buds and leaves that will fit together when tiles are laid end to end. A group of 3 tiles shows the pattern vertically, and a group of 5 shows how it would look as a horizontal border. 

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O’Hare for preparing the “Tile Display of the Month.”


Center Sunflower

The center stylized sunflower is framed in blue with radiating lines. The border has a large half flower in the center of each side. A triple layer outline encloses two groups of two small flowers in each corner of the tile. The pattern was intended as a large display on a wall or fireplace. We have a 9 pattern grouping that shows the completion of the side flowers as well as the creation of a secondary floral pattern of a square puzzle center with 4 petals, each having 2 small flowers inside. Putting the group in a diagonal position creates a more exotic secondary pattern with a diamond-shaped center inside the 4 petals. The center sunflowers and smaller completed flowers have formed a border to the secondary floral pattern. 

Center Sunflower  Center Sunflower    Center Sunflower

This tile is illustrated on p. 62 in vanLemmen1979: Tiles -- A Collector's Guide.
Although the name of tile makers Sherwin & Cotton is mentioned, the pattern is listed as Maker Unknown. See Pattern #19159 in the database.

Framed Oval Center Flower

This framed oval flower is old fashioned in concept, but aesthetic in the unusual elements making up the frame and the flower within. The border has scrolls and in-filled forms resembling some swags with stylized buds in the oval frame in the center. Tight rows of small beads border the frame of the center flower as well as the entire pattern. The shades of yellow and green in the center enhance the petals of the flower and the other 8 ovals in the frame. Examples are seen here of ways the tile could be displayed on a wall or fireplace. The group of 4 gives a different view of the flowers as the ovals are horizontal. 

 Framed Oval Center Flower TileFramed Oval Center Flower TileFramed Oval Center Flower Tile

Pattern #18160 in the database. Maker is J. H. Barratt & Co., c. 1896-1924, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
The pattern is found both in monochrome (brown in the database) and with color added to the center as seen here. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name as no reference has been found for it.

Manhood #02

The pattern on this tile is one in a series of Ages of Man. A man is crouched in the field cutting hay with his scythe. A sun at the top and crescent moon with star at the bottom of the center pattern indicate Manhood works from Sunrise to Sunset. Although the pattern is complete in itself, an interesting wall display is seen with 9 in a group.  

Manhood #02 Tile Manhood #02 Tile

Pattern #18138 in the database. Maker is T. & R. Boote,
1842-1906, Burslem, Staffordshire
A diamond registry mark on the tile back indicates the date July 31, 1883.
T. & R. Boote registered a tile design on that date.

Red Flowers and Blue Urns

The pattern on this tile is formed in an octagonal shape inside the triangular border shapes. Four stylized red leaves alternate with blue urns, on the flat sides of the octagon. The borders meet to create a new blue square center in the group of 4 and the red flowers connect the two centers in a large X pattern. The blue urns connect the round centers forming squares. The diagonal tilt with 4 whole tiles and 8 partial ones give the entire pattern a new slant.

Red Flowers and Blue Urns Tile Red Flowers and Blue Urns TileRed Flowers and Blue Urns Tile

Red Flowers and Blue Urns. Pattern #17733.
"Patent No. 27120" impressed on the back for the shape.
The date is 1894 or 1904 -- not quite legible.
Maker Unknown. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.

Moorish Style

The pattern on this tile reflects the spirit of the season with exploding stars in the center and four corners as well as the partial snowflakes seen on each side. We see here a group of 9 tiles laid together horizontally. Also a 5 x 5 diagonal display. In a group, the partial motifs in the corners create a duplicate of the center pattern. The half flowers at the sides are completed and appear as snowflakes.

Moorish Style Tile Moorish Style Tile Moorish Style Tile

Moorish Style, Pattern #18897.
Josiah Wedgwood 1759–2005, Burslem, Etruria & Barlaston, Staffordshire
The tile is 6 inches and reflects the type of tile design production in the last quarter of the 19th century.
The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. Black printed.

Trellis Aesthetic Floral

The pattern features flowers and plants that seem almost alive. The leaves, vines and tentacle-like extensions are winding around to reach outside of the trellis border. This is a tile pattern that begs for more to surround it on all sides in order to connect the extensions and thus complete the pattern.

Trellis Aesthetic Floral Tile Trellis Aesthetic Floral Tile

Trellis Aesthetic Floral Pattern #18812 Maker Unknown
The tile is 6 x 6 inches, and printed in brown.
The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name

Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves

This four part tile has a flower motif, turned two different directions and a leaf motif that has a stem with leaves that weaves from left top to lower right in the center of the design. There is a single vine that circles around the flower in the section next to each leaf motif. When groups of tiles are formed, we see the leaf stem weaving vertically back and forth in the center of each tile all the way down to the bottom of the display. We see it here in a group of 4 and a larger group of 16 tiles.

Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves Tile Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves Tile Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves Tile

Quartered Blue Flowers and Leaves Pattern #18206. Maw & Co.,
Jackfield, Shropshire, c. 1874-95.
The tile is 6 inches and printed in shades of blue.
The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.

Four-part Connected Motifs

The double criss-cross borders divide the tile into 4 parts, each with a different motif. It is interesting to see the motifs in each square reach out into the empty space between borders and sometimes connect with another motif. The arrangement of 16 tiles together shows how the white space between the borders weaves in and out, creating an interesting grid or trellis.

Four-part Connected Motifs Tile Four-part Connected Motifs Tile

Four-part Connected Motifs, pattern #17913. E. Smith & Co. Coalville, Leicestershire. The tile measures 6x6 inches. The tile back has raised lettering: E. Smith & Co. Coalville, and is dated 1885-1900. The pattern is printed in blue and has a TCC Assigned Name. 

Floral Grid

It is an Art Nouveau design with an open red blossom in each corner. The meandering stems and colorful leaves form a grid pattern in the center. The pattern would form a colorful and interesting display on a wall or fireplace as seen with the grouping of 16 tiles. A new red flower shape is formed by the corner flowers that alternates with the grid.

Floral Grid Tile Floral Grid Tile

Floral Grid pattern #18134 in the database. Pilkingtons Tile & Pottery Co. Ltd., 1893-2010. The tile is 6x6 inches, printed in green and red on cream color. It is marked on the back with a Registration Number dating the registration of the pattern to 1901. The pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.

Fan Shapes

This is an unusual pattern in that it has two different centers, both of which are bouquets of flowers inside a fan shape. The border is made up of partial fan shapes that surround the floral fan shapes. The grouping of 9 tiles shows a vertical row of alternating floral fan shapes with the leaf and scroll fan shapes that made up the original border.

Fan Shapes Tile Fan Shapes Tile

Pattern #18591 in the Database. Fan Shape pattern #18591 in the database. Sherwin & Cotton, maker, c. 1877-1911. The tile is 6x6 inches, printed in green on cream color. This pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.

Bouquet on Ribbon

The central bouquet is superimposed on a crossed ribbon. Chains of flowers lead out to the four corners/borders. The two groupings of the tile give different emphasis to a wall mounting of the pattern. The diagonal group features just 4 complete tiles, 2 x 2, but changes the perspective from the larger group of 16 tiles.

Bouquet on Ribbon Tile Bouquet on Ribbon Tile

Pattern #16351 in the Database. Maker Unknown. The tile is 6 x 6 inches, printed in shades of pink and brown. This pattern has a TCC Assigned Name.


The pattern in the center square features several lovely pink-to-red flowers that glow from the tile. They are surrounded by two-toned green and yellow leaves. The images in the corners show that when these tiles are grouped together, the center pattern will be formed again, but in a smaller circular form. The group of 9 tiles shown here gives us an idea of how a wall display would look.


Pattern #18410 in the TCC Database. Maker: Sherwin & Cotton, Hanley, Staffordshire c. 1880-1911. A hand-painted pattern number "1161" is seen. In addition, the printed number 24 and the initials "H.P." which are often found on the tile back by this pottery. This pattern has a TCC Assigned Name. 


The unusual element in the pattern is the over-laid grill work incorporating three overlapping sections and a separate bar at the top on the right side. This design certainly encourages the use of groups of tiles in order to connect the grill work even though the floral pattern is quite complete. The tiles in the group of 9 seen here work together very well. The grill work seems to move down from the upper left corner to the lower right, balancing the upward movement of the flowers


TCC Database Pattern #17857. The tile back has a printed Rd. No. 15668 that represents 1884, the date the pattern was registered. It may be a product of the Marsden Tile Co. 

Flowers and Geometrical Squares

This 4-part tile is not made up of 4 separate parts in the same way most are designed. The geometrical squares are seen in the upper right and lower left. The upper left and lower right squares with brown background are connected by one long stem of flowers and leaves flowing upward from lower right through the upper left square. The tile arrangement seen here is set diagonally emphasizing the upward motion of the stem of flowers and leaves.

Flowers and Geometrical Squares Tile Flowers and Geometrical Squares Tile

TCC Database Pattern #18099. Maker: Henry Abraham Ollivant, 1890-1908, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The initials C O V appear on tile backs by H. A. Ollivant, with the letter O higher than the C and V. They represent the name Ollivant and "Cliffe Vale", the pottery in Stoke on Trent.

Tulips and Ferns

Tulips and Ferns Tile Tulips and Ferns Tile Tulips and Ferns Tile

Lee, Tunstall, Staffordsire, 1890-1895,
TCC Database Pattern # 14518.

Fluffy Floral Time

Many of our members were simply blown away by the beauty of the individual and grouped transferware tiles portrayed by our speaker, Hans van Lemmen, at our 2017 meeting in Phoenix, and in the recent TCC Bulletin article by Connie Rogers, “Anatomy of Tiles” (TCC Bulletin Vol. XIX, No. 2, September 2018). We (your eNews editor) were particularly struck by tile groupings prepared by our DB Image Editor, Kurt O’Hare. Thus, a new eNews feature was born. Featured herein is a 24 image composite prepared by Kurt of a maker unknown tile assigned the name Fluffy Floral Time (DB Pattern No. 17790).

Fluffy Floral Time Tile Fluffy Floral Time Tile 

 Note:  following are the two van Lemmen lectures: and; and the Rogers article: