Dating royal worcester plates
Staffordshire pottery is sometimes robust and primitive but this is it's appeal.. A Jackfield red clay teapot of a good size prettily decorated with flowers in enamel paints. George Jones, "Abbey" trios in the deepest of Flow Blue.
These teapots were firm favourites with the Barge folk, these were the British people who lived on the canals in their long barge boats,plying their trades up and down the hundreds of miles of canals that were very important "highways" in Victorian times, much as the motorways are in our modern times. This is one of the most famous of the legendary Staffordshire potteries.
In those far off days,only candles and the firelight would brighten up the kitchens and parlour rooms ...
These lustrous jugs,sitting on dressers or hanging on hooks from the ceilings, would radiate a warmth and cosiness , just like real copper does. This is a strong set that has no grease marks through useage.
Happy little fellow, sporting a smart Cobalt Blue coat with a spotted waistcoat and Brick red breeches. Allertons also made these jugs but later Victorian, into the beginning of the 20th century. The colours of green,browns,oranges and blue show off so well together.
The makers of this pot were Fords of Staffordshire and the pattern name is Tokio. 65 GB Pounds STAFFORDSHIRE COTTAGE/PASTILLE BURNER. Lovely flatback of a 3 storey cottage with a very grand staircase approach.
The outer rim edge and body decoration,is coloured with the usual Swansea Chocolate brown. This is the "BENGAL TREE" pattern as opposed to the more usual Indian Tree pattern. Beautiful flow blue and Sunderland lustre in relief. It is not perfect having a rim chip (repaired) and a 2inch hairline down the rear side of the jug,near the handle,although the handle itself is perfect.
A lovely Dinner sized plate impressed DILLWYN in a semi horseshoe on the reverse.
Many years back, a very old Swansea collector said that there are 30 apples always on a Swansea willow pattern.
Well he must have been unable to count as this one has 31 apples,but I suppose he was very close!! This is a very large early Victorian lustre jug,decorated with enamels over the glaze.
The handle shows the famous Serpent or Swan "biting" the jug.