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Lovely Spring Patterns

Welcoming in the Spring

What a lovely time of year and one I think we all look forward to.

What better way to welcome the Spring than to check out the lovely patterns related to this time of year, patterns can be found in Flow Blue, and Mulberry, with and without colour and then there are Brushstroke and Sheet patterns

I have tried to cover all areas.

We Start off with collage A

Pictures 1 & 2 show a Syrup Pitcher although unmarked for the maker because of the shape we would put the maker as Charles Meigh c1845 no pattern name but a Pattern Number 1887, it depicts Flag Iris and Foxgloves on one side and Lilies on the reverse.

Pictures 3 & 4 show a Biscuit Barrel and Sugar Sifter made by George Jones & Sons Ltd. c1900 Pattern Number E1126, depicting beautiful Springtime Crocus.

Picture 5 shows a Childs Mug of an unknown maker c1845 with a Pattern name of Hawthorn Blossom this would be a sheet pattern.

Pictures 6 & 7 show a Vase which could also be a Hyacinth bulb vase (where you place water in the vase and the Hyacinth bulb is placed on top) maker is Ford & Sons c1900 and the pattern name is Narcissus Spring would not be the same without these cheerful little flowers.

Our next collage is B

Pictures 1,2 & 3 show the pattern Wildflowers by Thomas Dimmock c1850 – look how the pattern changes when you add a ground colour to the pattern.

Pictures 4 & 5 Look at this wonderful set of 3 graduating jugs the maker is thought to be Liddle Elliot & Son  c1863 Mulberry with a beautiful Magenta/Fuchsia Ground the pattern name is Westeria (Note the way the name is spelt by the potters lol).

Pictures 6 & 7 Here is a Brushstroke plate, makers Podmore Walker and also Thomas Walker have both used this pattern which dates from c1845, it has a given name of “Tulip and Sprig” (not a factory name).

Our next collage is C

Here we are showcasing the lovely Mulberry with and without colour

Pictures 1 & 2 This plate was made by Sewell & Co c1852 it has the pattern name Spring Flowers the centre flower is known as Fritillaria meleagris also known as snake’s head fritillary, chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower and I have to add one of my favourites in the garden.

Pictures 3 & 4 another lovely plate this one made by Davenport c1845 with the pattern name Clematis.

Pictures 5 & 6 A lovely Mulberry with Colour Plate made by Samuel Alcock c1850 and although the pattern name is Summer Flowers it shows springtime Crocuses and Tulips Picture 7 This lovely jug in Mulberry with colour is made by Podmore Walker & Co. c1850 it has the given the name “Tulip and Trellis” (not a factory name).

Our final collage D

Pictures 1 & 2 A plate by John Ridgway & Co. c1847 with the pattern name Blue Bell, this beautiful flower is found in wooded areas making a carpet of blue and a definite for Spring.

Pictures 3 & 4 Green Ground and Mulberry – a lovely combination this piece was made by Davenport c1850 with a given name of “Primrose” (not a factory name) and a pattern number 1683.

Picture 5 A Brushstroke pattern on this plate maker unknown and a given name of “Tulip and Sponge Marigold” (not a factory name) c1880.

Pictures 6 & 7 This Sheet pattern plate is made by Dillwyn & Co. a Welsh potter c1845 the given name for this pattern is “Blue Bell” or “Bells” it may look familiar to a lot of you as we once used the Blue Bell name for an identical pattern used by Ridgway, but if you have read an earlier blog you will know that pattern is now named Royal Lily.

I hope you have enjoyed browsing through the collages and information and maybe it will encourage you to look for some of these patterns or maybe just go with a theme and collect floral patterns from one of the seasons.

A lot of these patterns can be found on the club PID which lists over 2,000 patterns of Flow Blue and Mulberry, with and without colour – if you do a lot of research it is a wonderful resource, think about becoming a member of the club not only will you have access to the PID you will find so much more in the Blue Berry Notes with great articles written by very informative people. You will also find details of regional meetings and the Annual Convention. We encourage all members to share their collections and stories, so it is so much more than just a club, it is where you will find like-minded folks who are as passionate about their collections as you are.