Posts Tagged ‘Staffordshire’

Victorian Toby jug, c.1870

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

What could be more English than a Toby jug? This example, most likely made by Copeland Spode around 1870 and much copied by other potters, is hand painted using polychrome overglaze enamels.

Jug measures 6-1/2″ tall by  7-1/4″ wide.

A sizable tin handle with thumb and fingers grips was made by a tinker, replacing the original ceramic handle which broke off over 100 years ago.

The Toby jug sitting at the far left atop of the chest of drawers in the painting The Latest Addition by Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958) bears a striking resemblance to mine.

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Thanks to Robert Moores of NestEgg Antiques for sharing his knowledge of Toby jugs with me.

Prattware ovoid form jug, c.1810

Friday, March 19th, 2010

A charming English pottery  jug from Staffordshire measures 6-1/2″ high, with colorful relief images of children and dates from the early 1800’s. One side shows a boy, a girl holding a doll and their dog and is marked “Sportive Innocence”.

The other side shows the girl and boy fighting and is marked “Mischievous Sport”.

A metal handle was firmly put in place when the original handle broke off, most likely by mischievous children!

This jug is shows what the original molded handle looked like.

Photo courtesy of John Howard

Clews “Pittsfield Elm” plate, c.1825

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Spending my teenage years in a small town in the Berkshires meant frequent excursions to nearby Pittsfield, MA, home of three faded movie theaters, a large library and a Mexican restaurant. Once I remember seeing a “Pittsfield Elm” plate for sale in my parent’s antiques shop and feeling a sense of pride that a local tree was immortalized on a plate. This treasured pottery plate was made by James & Ralph Clews at Cobridge Works, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, UK. They were made between 1818 and 1834 as a part of a highly collected line of Historical Blue Staffordshire pottery.

It has been held tightly together for over one hundred years with 5 flattened copper rivets, and measures 8-3/4″ in diameter.

This English pottery plate with deep cobalt blue transfer decoration is marked on the back WINTER VIEW OF PITTSFIELD MASS, CLEWS as well as impressed CLEWS WARRANTED STAFFORDSHIRE surrounding a crown.

The beloved “Old Elm” in Park Square, as seen in a 1855 engraving, was sadly cut down in 1861.

Photo courtesy of Image Museum

English black basalt teapot, c.1790

Friday, March 12th, 2010

This black basalt teapot with a neo-classical design of curtain swags was most likely made in Staffordshire, England in the late 1700s.

Teapot measures 9-1/2″ long and 5″ high.

The figural knob is in the form of a perched spaniel.

A well made silver spout replaces the original black basalt spout.

Another teapot, similar to mine, shows what the original simple shaped spout might have looked like on mine.

Ridgway “Apostle” stoneware jug, c.1842

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A large stoneware pottery jug with a salt glazed finish and deep relief decoration, registered in 1842 by Ridgway and designed by Charles Meigh & Co in Hanley, Staffordshire, England.

There are 8 apostle figures standing in 8 Gothic arches surrounding the jug.

Gothic revival style jug measures 10-1/4″ high by 10-1/4″ wide.

Charles Meigh’s first relief molded jug was made in 1835 and his “Apostle” jug is the most famous and popular.

An elaborate tin replacement handle mimics the original handle form.

This intact jug shows the original handle design. I’d say the tinsmith did a spectacular job recreating the broken handle with his similarly shaped and detailed replacement.

Photo courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum