Week Nineteen

This week Beatrice McIntosh had an array of printed ware but there was this one lovely hand painted blue and white bowl.


There were some rather large objects this week including this Charles Meigh meat platter with several printed and impressed marks which just missed out on being Object of the Week.

Meat platter         BackstampSmaller objects included a Thomas, Isaac & James Emberton Asiatic Pheasant dish and a John Meir and Sons Willow Pattern bowl.Thomas, Isaac and James Emberton dish      Dish

John Meir and Sond dish







There was also an interesting large platter by Bodley and Company.  As you can see it has the logo for the Liverpool and Great Western Steam Company in the centre.







This week there are two objects which we couldn’t decide between so our first Object of the Week is a tureen which we found really interesting because we were able to find lots of information about it at http://www.transcollectorsclub.org/Henrywood/hh-5.html. Here you can read how the Florentine China patterns have been attributed to Samuel Alcock & Co.

Turenn     Gem backstampThe second Object of the Week is a large Herculaneum platter which we thought is both very pretty and very large and the printed mark on the back tells us the design is called French Scenery.Herculaneum

Week Eighteen

Beatrice McIntosh and Sue Dexter had a nice surprise this week as they discovered the tray for the Belleek tea set which is on display in the Foyer of The Atkinson.Belleek TrayThey also found a blue and white transfer printed bowl and a cream hand painted bowl.


BowlThe final item of the day was a rather curious bowl with painted fish decoration around the edge. Fishes!OBJECT OF THE WEEK

A wonderful hand painted fruit bowl was chosen to be the Object of the Week because it made the most impact visually out of all the objects.

Fruit Bowl

Week Seventeen

Christine Tyler and Beatrice McIntosh were this week’s volunteers who had the fun task of completing last week’s box of cats, though not all of them were ceramic. There were several glass cats.

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Black glass cat







There was also a wooden cat pen.

Wooden pen    Pen

Bizarre Object of the Week

As it was sadly decided we couldn’t have a non-ceramic Object of the Week this wooden rocking cat has been chosen as the Bizarre Object of the Week.

Rocking Cat

The box also contained some small playing cat figurines with a Goebel backstamp and a set of Chinese Lucky cats.

Cat Cat


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The Object of the Week is a Royal Doulton dish which was chosen because it is better quality than the majority of the box. Christine and Beatrice also liked the commercialistic sentiment of the poem ‘God bless the cat that breaks the crocks in pieces very small. For things like that are good for trade and benefits us all’. The final reason they chose it was because they were able to look up the backstamp and date it to c.1902 – 1930.

Doulton Dish

Week Sixteen

This week Mervyn Thomas and Sue Dexter began by working through plates with the Blackberry design from the same set as week fourteen.



They also found a model of the Cumberland and West Morland War Memorial and a Myott jug which has both impressed and printed marks.

War memorial

Myott jugMyott jug






We then opened another box of cats!

Cat        CatCat


The Myott jug was very nearly our Object of the Week but Mervyn gave a very convincing argument for the object chosen – the box! He said it had to be our object this week because there was such hope and anticipation before we opened it.

The Box!

Week Fifteen

This week Lauren McIntosh and Beryl Atkins were very busy as they worked through a record number of objects. They started with some familiar patterns, discovering more items from the cream and gilt set from last week and more pieces from the Royal Crown Derby set.Saucer    Cup

Plate     Sugar bowlCrow DerbyThey then discovered some Herculaneum plates with impressed Liver bird backstamps and printed Louvre pattern marks.Herculaneum plate    Liver bird backstamp

Herculaneum plate   Louvre pattern mark

Also in the same box was a Mason’s blue and white plate with chinoiserie pattern, a Pountney and Goldney plate with a landscape design and a rather fetching jar.

Mason's plate


Pountney and Goldney plate


This week a Herculaneum blue and white plate was chosen because Lauren especially liked the realism of the design.

Herculaneum plate     Backstamp

Week Fourteen

Barbara Goulden, Joan Tyson and Denise Smullen had some interesting pieces this week. The first box revealed a transfer printed dish with a backstamp which we have been unable to identify.Dish      Unidentified backstamp

They also discovered a cream teapot with gilt decoration, a matching cup and another cream teapot with different gilt decoration.Teapot    CupTeapot








This week everyone was very taken with several items from a Minton tea set. Each piece, although having the same pattern number of G532, is unique. It was therefore decided that the set as a whole is the Object of the Week. There were four plates, two platters and a teapot stand.Plate Plate Plate Plate

Platter Platter

Teapot stand








































This Minton set has been one of my favourite parts of the ceramics collection since I packed a selection of it in January 2012 during the decant of The Botanic Gardens Museum.BGM decant BGM decant BGM decant


Week Thirteen

This week Lauren McInerney and Viv Cole had the joyful task of completing the box of cat figurines. I do feel that we have to try to get these on display when the new museum floor opens!











CatThey also discovered some more items from the Crown Derby tea set which is on display in the Foyer of The Atkinson, though sadly not all of them are in one piece.

Crown Derby     Crown Derby

The final box of the day contained several plates which were all really interesting. There were two different shaped Seacombe Pottery plates with the same design as the Object of the Week from week three.

Seacombe Pottery    Seacombe Pottery

There was also an earthenware plate with a ship design which almost made it to Object of the Week.

PlateThe box also included a W. Adams and Sons plate with Damascus design and a Wedgwood plate depicting Elmwood, Cambridge The Home of James Russell Lowell.

Plate      PlateThe back of the Wedgwood plate is as interesting as the front with various backstamps and a verse of ‘Under the old elm’.

Back of Wedgwood plate


There was a difference of opinion over this week’s Object of The Week. Lauren and Viv really liked another Wedgwood plate which depicted the Return of The Mayflower. Like the plate depicting Elmwood the back of this plate had various backstamps and some lines from ‘The Courtship of Myles Standish’.


Back of Wedgwood plate

Although I do like the Wedgwood plate, I had preferred another plate as my Object of the Week. This plate was given away by J.W. Harrison’s of Liverpool in 1880. It has a calendar around the edge and advertising slogans such as ‘Harrison’s Toilet Sets are GOOD’. I think it is fabulous as a piece of social history and shows great business sense as the address of the shop is repeated on each slogan and their highlighted buzz words are BEST, GOOD and CHEAP!

1880 plate