Bloor Derby coffee can, c.1810

Colorful porcelain coffee can exquisitely decorated in the French style, made between 1806 and 1825 in London by Derby at their Nottingham Road factory. The wishbone form handle was detached over 150 years ago and riveted, soon afterward, back onto the body by a skilled metalsmith. It is marked on the underside with a red crown, crossed batons a “D” and (pattern number) 770, all hand painted in red.

For another example of an inventive repair in the same porcelain pattern, see “Wounded survivor” teapot, c.1810

Now that I own two pieces from this stunning tea set, I am on the hunt to find the remaining pieces. But naturally, I will turn away from “perfect” examples and only rescue the ones with inventive repairs!


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5 Responses to “Bloor Derby coffee can, c.1810”

  1. Tricia Rose says:

    Your posts are aways intriguing and refreshing, thank you!

  2. BB says:

    I love how the repaired handle tilts with attitude. Stand proud Bloor Derby coffe can, I think a story should be written about how you became….

  3. Andrew says:

    I love the cup and pattern. I owned some 18th century Paris porcelain that had a nice Louis XVI pattern much like this painted on them. I hope you find more pieces to this set. If only porcelain can talk and tell us who owned them and how they got damaged and repaired.

  4. J.D. Benjamin says:


  5. Victoria says:

    Another salvaged piece. Amazing to think that this little cup was made in the years between the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo.What were the original owners lives like and who was the culprit of the breakage. A child or perhaps it was the house maid. Were her wages docked for the damage? Was this set chosen to work with the color scheme of a particular room or was it because Mrs Smythe had the set already and one would want to keep up with the Smythes! All these questions and more from one tiny cup……..

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