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Body Styles Handbook

 

Acknowledgements

Two very special women pioneers on the subject of ironstone built the foundation for authoritative documentation of Tea Leaf Ironstone: Annise Heaivilin and Jean Weatherbee.

 

  • Annise Heaivilin, author of Grandma’s Tea Leaf Ironstone (Wallace-Homestead, 1981) introduced collectors to the potters of Tea Leaf Ironstone.  This book continues to inspire collectors today.
  • Jean Wetherbee, the author of several scholarly reference books on white ironstone including A Look at White Ironstone (Wallace-Homestead, 1980),  A Second Look at White Ironstone (Wallace-Homestead, 1985) and White Ironstone: A Collector’s Guide (Antique Trader Books, 1996). Jean, in association with the 1990 Education Committee Chair, Dale Abrams, provided the first formal classification of the common body styles found decorated with Tea Leaf family motifs.

 The following dedicated Tea Leaf Club International members have contributed to enhanced authoritative documentation of Tea Leaf Ironstone.

  • 1994-1995 Tea Leaf Club Education Committee: Chair, Nancy Upchurch;  members Mary Bertram, Tom Chadwick and Bob Skinner who researched marks, dates and potters and provided many of the names for the newly introduced body styles.
  • The 1994-1995 Editorial Review Board:  Chair, Dale Abrams; members, Adele Armbruster, Dick Brackin and Gale Frederick who reviewed the factual material in the original Handbook of Tea Leaf Body Styles (Tea Leaf Club International, 1995) and also contributed to the databank of information within.
  • The 2003 American Tea Leaf Handbook writers and contributors:  Author, Julie Rich; contributors, Jim and Nancy Gaines, Nancy Upchurch, Dale Abrams, Chris Weinbrenner, and Richard Brackin.  Julie championed American made Tea Leaf and educated members on the various potters and body styles of those wares.
  • The 2015-2019 Education Committee members:  Chair, Michael Compton; members: Dale Abrams, Annalea Robeson Cable, John Chrisman, Sue Chrisman and Marie Compton who created the TLCI Online Identification Guide and compiled data for the Guide.  They also entered the data into the Guide with the assistance of Chris Schaefer and Gaylon Gwin. In 2018, Jean Van Tuyle joined the Committee to add her photographic expertise.  This Committee published the 2016 & 2019 Body Style and Potter Handbooks from the on-line Guide. This Team’s combined expertise, dedication and hard work is much appreciated.  
  • All Education Committee Chairs: Dale Abrams, Nancy Upchurch, Adele Armbruster and Michael Compton whose leadership in educating club members and the general public on Tea Leaf ironstone potters, body styles and marks have kept the club strong.

 

Thank you to all of club members who continue to bring new information on Tea Leaf family ironstone to our attention and for your continuous efforts towards making our club smarter and stronger. 

 

Preface

About the title:
The Tea Leaf family includes not only the traditional Tea Leaf “Lustre Band and Sprig” motif but also many variations on the basic theme.  There are precedents for grouping all such motifs under the Tea Leaf umbrella dating back to trade papers of the 1930s.  The most impressive however, is the reference book Grandma’s Tea Leaf Ironstone by Annise D. Heaivilin that is a comprehensive guide to the potters who utilized copper and gold lustre motifs to decorate their wares.

In her book, Annise listed many potters such as Anthony Shaw, Alfred Meakin and Enoch Wedgwood who used the Tea Leaf design, but she also gave equal billing to potters such as Joseph Clementson, Elsmore & Forster, and Edward Walley who used some very popular design variations. 

Additionally, the Tea Leaf design itself has been found in many variations ranging from the original Anthony Shaw design, the traditional Alfred Meakin design, the bud-less design of the Davenport Pottery to the triangular-leaved gold lustre version used by Powell & Bishop. 

With these justifications we reference “Tea Leaf” in this handbook’s title to encompass a variety of copper and gold luster decorated wares.

 

About the contents:
Ever mindful of the adage “If a person asks you the time, don’t  tell him how to make a watch,” this reference lists all the pertinent information necessary for accurate identification of Tea Leaf potters, body styles and motifs without obscuring the facts with superfluous rhetoric.  The reader will find the data presented in a concise tabular format augmented by illustrations and/or photographs of each entry.

 

 

The Tea Leaf Story: A Brief History

Copper lustre decorated ceramic ware has been known for over a thousand years.  In the 7th century, Arabic potters decorated wares with pigments derived from metallic oxides.  Twelve centuries later, many different forms of metallic decorated ceramics were in vogue, primarily all-over treatments of copper, silver, or pink lustre.  By the 1840s, all-over lustre patterns had given way to a more restricted use where white ware was decorated with lustre bands and/or simple motifs.  Thus was born, Tea Lea Ironstone.

The name “Tea Leaf” is actually a 20th century invention.  Original names for this ware included “Lustre Band and Sprig,” “Edge Line and Sprig,” and “Lustre Spray.”  W.P. Jervis, in his Dictionary of Pottery Terms published in 1917, lists the name “Lustre Band and Sprig” and describes it as a “pattern with a band of lustre at edge and a flower spray in center.”  When, where, or why the nickname “Tea Leaf” came about is not known.  However, there is evidence that it has been in use since the 1920s, so it is well documented as the popular 20th century name for this collectible 19th century ware.


White ironstone bodies with lustre band decoration first made their appearance on the ceramic scene in the 1840s and 1850s.  These were products of the neo-classic revival and were featured on body styles such as Gothic and Grape Octagon.  Potters then began experimenting with designs to complement or augment the basic copper banding.  One of the most notable was Edward Walley whose early wares are found with copper lustre decorations featuring banding, spokes, scallops, and the winding vine motif we call “Pre-Tea Leaf.”  Another early motif is the very delicate Teaberry design found on wares potted by Jacob Furnival and Joseph Clementson.  Other popular designs included various styles of Pomegranates, a copper lustred Pinwheel, and several Botanical motifs.


Anthony Shaw gets the credit for designing the original Tea Leaf motif.  His Niagara Fan and Chinese Shape design body styles registered in 1856 are considered to be the first in a long line of traditional Tea Leaf ware.  There are examples bearing the Shaw Tunstall mark (1851-1856) that are decorated with stylized versions of what eventually evolved into the Shaw Tea Leaf; thus the controversy surrounding the actual date that the traditional Tea Leaf first appeared.  Shaw’s simple motif must have been an instant success for in the 1850s, he followed with a plethora of body styles all decorated with his distinctive Tea Leaf.


Meanwhile, other potteries were busy producing wares in competition with Shaw’s output.  Rather than adopt the Shaw motif, these potters preferred variations of the basic copper lustre design.  Jacob Furnival and Joseph Clementson used motifs featuring Teaberry, Cinquefoil or Coral designs.  Elsmore and Forster experimented with several variations, decorating their popular Portland Shape with a copper lustre Morning Glory motif and also with a berry motif called Reverse Teaberry which utilized green as well as copper lustre.  Other variations from this factory are the foliated Pepperleaf and Tobacco Leaf motifs.


By the 1870s, the Staffordshire district of England was awash in potteries producing white ware decorated with copper or gold lustre.  More than 25 English firms were turning out tons of dinner and toilet wares.  Such venerable names as John Edwards, Thomas Furnival, Alfred Meakin and Enoch Wedgwood were in full production putting out a variety of body styles decorated with the traditional “Lustre Band and Sprig” motif.  Their names and the names of their contemporaries are found in the list of Potters given with each body style entry.

Who were the buyers of these durable wares?  Not the good folk of the English croft or village; they preferred gaudily decorated polychrome lines.  The Tea Leaf produced in the heart of England was packed in barrels and loaded in the holds of the great sailing ships where it served as ballast for the journey across the “pond.”  Its destinations were the coastal towns of Nova Scotia and Maine and the great ports of the Eastern Seaboard.  From there it found its way to eager housewives in Eastern river towns and bustling farmwives in New England, Ohio, Ontario, and points west.  Many a dewy-eyed Missouri bride set up housekeeping with this practical but beautiful dishware, the pride and joy of her kitchen.


In the latter part of the 19th century, body styles were changing.  The Neo-Classic gave way to the Victorian.  Simple unadorned round or square styles were mass produced for use as hotel ware.  In contrast, the household trade was presented choices ranging from fanciful animal touches to elegantly embossed floral or embellished fluted designs, sure to bring out the romantic in even the most harried of housewives.


The traditional “Lustre Band and Sprig”, the Tea Leaf, was at the height of its popularity.  American potteries challenged the monopoly of the British imports by offering a variety of body styles and motifs.  Many of these were copies of popular English favorites but there were innovative styles introduced as well.  The American companies used both gold and copper lustre decorations, often with very stylized motifs, some mimicking their English cousins, others strictly original.


By the turn of the century, the Victorian age was soon to be concluded.  The public taste, influenced by the dawning of a new century, turned to newer styles in the decorative arts.  The angular lines of the Arts and Crafts Movement replaced the soft roundness of the Victorian scene.  The Age of Tea Leaf had come to its end.  Perhaps it is fitting that the firm credited with producing the first ware decorated with the traditional copper “Lustre Band and Sprig” motif, Anthony Shaw and his successor, Shaw & Sons, closed its doors in 1899, signaling the end of an era.

 

Epilogue
Even though production of Tea Leaf ironstone had ceased by 1910, many sets graced the tables of city and country folks alike for years to come.  By the 1920s and 30s, Grandma’s Tea Leaf dishes were cherished by new generations.  Tea Leaf became an avidly sought-after collectible.  By the mid 20th century, a Tea Leaf revival was in full swing.  The Adams Pottery of England and the American Red Cliff Pottery were the principal players in the production of the modern version of this old favorite.

Popularity of the century old Tea Leaf continued unabated.  The back-to-country movement in home decoration highlighted the simplicity of this beautiful white ware with a splash of lustre.  With renewed interest in Tea Leaf, two outcomes were inevitable.  First, that a book would be published; second that a collectors club would be formed.  The book Grandma’s Tea Leaf Ironstone by Annise Heaivilin was published by Wallace-Homestead in 1981.  And in 1980 an enthusiastic group of collectors formed what we know today as Tea Leaf Club International (TLCI).

 

Body Style: Acanthus

Biography

Johnson Brothers' elaborate Acanthus features embossed elongated leaves. Even flatware pieces such as ordinary plates and bowls are decorated with triangular shaped leaves on the rim border. Holloware pieces such as the ewer and the sugar bowl have deeply ruffled melon ribs. This body style is sometimes confused with Chelsea.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Potters:
Johnson Bros.
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Johnson Brothers - Acanthus - TL - Ewer and Basin

Description:

A beautiful ewer and wash bowl in the Ancanthus body style.
Johnson Brothers - Acanthus - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Johnson Bros.
Location: Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: American Coronet

Biography

The body style is identified by the fancy crown-like finial. The medallion in the middle of the finial also appears in the middle of the handles. Holloware pieces have large bracket handles.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Mayer
Motifs:
Moss Rose

J & E Mayer - American Coronet - MR - Waste Jar Master

Description:

A master waste jar is a prized part of any bath set.  Notice the high domed lid on this piece.
J & E Mayer - American Coronet - MR - Waste Jar Master
Item(s): Waste Jar (Master w/lid)
Potter: Mayer
Location: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Arch - Horizontal Flattened
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose

Body Style: American Delphi

Biography

This body style is very akin to the Delphi pattern produced by Thomas Elsmore. It bears a plain, smooth body with elaborate steeple handles and finials.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Potters:
McNicol
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Burton McNicol - American Delphi - TL - Vegetable Tureen

Description:

A vegetable tureen named recently by the club as American Delphi.
Burton McNicol - American Delphi - TL - Vegetable Tureen
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Potter: McNicol
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Arch - Horizontal Flattened
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: American Favorite

Biography

American Favorite has a domed lid, stepped finial and oval shaped base with uplift handles. The stepped finial and lug uplifted handles have an impressed flower shape embossed on them.  

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval

The Potters Cooperative - American Favorite - No Available Photo

Item(s): N/A
Potter: The Potters Cooperative
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: N/A
Type of Mark:

Body Style: Arabesque

Biography

Pieces feature delicately embossed designs reflecting the influence of mid-eastern cultures. It was potted during the period of the British rule in Northern Africa, perhaps to celebrate the expansion of the British Empire.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs:
Lustre Band

Livesley and Davis - Arabesque - LB - Bowl (Waste)

Description:

The beautiful embossed designs on this body style reflect the influence of mid-eastern cultures.
Livesley and Davis  - Arabesque - LB - Bowl (Waste)
Item(s): Bowl (waste)
Potter: Livesley and Davis
Location: Eastwood, Hanley
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Arched Forget-Me-Not

Biography

Embossed clusters of flowers and leaves hang from loops near the rims of hollowware pieces. This is a popular Elsmore & Forster body style and is found with many types of decoration including transfer designs and mulberry patterns.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

Elsmore and Forster - Arched Forget Me Not - LB - Sugar Bowl

Description:

Covered container usually 5 or 6 inches in height.  Used to store sugar.  Part of a Coffee or Tea Set.  Note Forget-Me-Not embossing.
Elsmore and Forster - Arched Forget Me Not - LB - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Elsmore and Forster
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Conical Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Arched Wheat

Biography

This is a beautiful pattern with thumbprint impressions surrounding the base of pieces and arched panels along the sides with embossed spriggs of wheat flaring upwards and out. Copper lustre or polychrome with copper lustre highlights the wheat shafts and other embossed elements on these pieces.

Naming Source: Unknown Naming Source
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Cochran
Motifs:
Lustre Band

Cochran - Arched Wheat - LB - Teapot

Description:

Pouring vessel for hot liquids such as coffee or tea.
Cochran - Arched Wheat - LB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Cochran
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Finials: Fig
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Other

Body Style: Argyle

Biography

A bulbous base with a belt and buckle wrapped around it. The finial looks a lot like cable or a piece of rope.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Edge Malkin
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Edge Malkin - Argyle - TL - Brush Vase

Description:

A hard-to-find piece by Edge Malkin.  Note the copper striping that accentuates the rope finial, and the belt design embossed around the waist of the piece.
Edge Malkin - Argyle - TL - Brush Vase
Item(s): Brush Vase/Toothbrush Vase
Potter: Edge Malkin
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Augusta Shape

Biography

Crescent arches embossed near the top rims of holloware and flatware pieces identify this body style. It is usually found with only banding but examples with teaberry motif are known. The impressed oval mark verifies that the potter's name for this body style is Augusta Shape. Many pieces are found simply marked "J. Clementson, Sheldon." 

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)

Clementson - Augusta Shape - LB - Sugar Bowl

Description:

Covered container approximately 5 to 6 inches in height for storing sugar.  Part of a coffee or tea set.
Clementson - Augusta Shape - LB - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Clementson
Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Fig
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Aurora

Biography

The Aurora body style by Wick China Company is often marked with a circular mark that says Aurora China and has a "T" a "W" and a "C" overlayed in the middle. This body style has an oval footprint and flares out slightly from the neck of serving pieces to a mid-level waist, then tapers down to the scalloped base. It has verticle lines that divide the front and back into three sections. Heavy embossed scrolls accent these indented lines as well as the rims.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Wick - Aurora - TL - Teapot

Description:

The lid is lost but the teapot lives on!  If it had a lid, it would sport a non-symetrical open loop finial.
Wick - Aurora - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Wick China Company
Location: Wickboror (Kittaning), Pennsylvania
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Loop (Open)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: Balanced Vine

Biography

The foliage embossed center front and center back of hollowware pieces covers a large portion of the surface. The clever decorators used this feature to advantage by painting not one but two Teaberry motifs on each side of the embossed design.

Registered in 1867.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

Clementson - Balanced Vine - TB - Bowl (Wash) - Reg 1867

Description:

A wash bowl or basin in the Balanced Vine body style.  This body style was registered in 1867.
Clementson - Balanced Vine - TB - Bowl (Wash) - Reg 1867
Item(s): Bowl (Wash)
Potter: Clementson
Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry

Homer Laughlin Kitchen Kraft - Balloon - TL - Casserole

Description:

A covered casserole dish.
Homer Laughlin Kitchen Kraft - Balloon - TL - Casserole
Item(s): Covered Casserole
Potter: Laughlin (Kitchen Kraft)
Location: Newell, West Virginia
Origins: American
Type of Company: Decorator
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Bamboo

Biography

A square style with handles and finials resembling bamboo stalks, this was one of the most widely produced body styles. Holloware pieces were available in straight-sided style as well as a slightly bulbous version. Bath set pieces such as ewers and master waste jars are often round and bulbous.

Registered in 1873.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Round

Alfred Meakin - Bamboo - TL - Ewer and Basin

Alfred Meakin - Bamboo - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Blakeney Pottery - Bamboo - TL - Sauce Tureen

Description:

Sauce tureen shown with matching undertray.
Blakeney Pottery - Bamboo - TL - Sauce Tureen
Item(s): Sauce Tureen
Potter: Blakeney Pottery Ltd
Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bamboo Arch
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Burgess - Bamboo - TL - Pitcher

Description:

A 7 inch vessel for holding liquids
Burgess - Bamboo - TL - Pitcher
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Potter: Burgess
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular, Square
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: Banded Round

Biography

The Davis' utilized Clementson's popular Teaberry as the motif on their wares. The name of this very plain round shape, typical of the 1870's, is derived from the bands of the C-shaped handle of the teapot and repeated on the upturned handles of the sugar bowl.

A vanity box with the same banding was marked Livesley and Davis , evidently a transition piece made at the time the pottery was changing ownership. 

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

J H and J Davis - Banded Round - TB - Teapot

Description:

Vessel uses for hot liquids such as coffee or tea.
J H and J Davis - Banded Round - TB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Davis
Location: Eastwood, Hanley
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Conical Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Livesley and Davis - Banded Round - LB - Soap Dish

Description:

Covered container for storing soap.  Part of a bath set.
Livesley and Davis - Banded Round - LB - Soap Dish
Item(s): Soap Dish
Potter: Livesley and Davis
Location: Eastwood, Hanley
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Circular
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Lustre Band

Livesley and Powell - Banded Round - No Available Photo

Item(s): N/A
Potter: Livesley and Powell
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: N/A
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: N/A
Type of Mark:

Body Style: Basketweave

Biography

This late square style has intricate basketweaving embossed in the lower third of holloware bodies. Basketweave has become one of the most collectible of the late Shaw products.

Registered in 1887.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Square

Knowles, Taylor Knowles - Basketweave - MR - Mug Shaving

Knowles, Taylor Knowles - Basketweave - MR - Mug Shaving
Item(s): Mug (Shaving - various sizes)
Potter: Knowles, Taylor, Knowles
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose

Body Style: Beaded Band

Biography

The simple lines of this bulbous round style are relieved by the bands of beads found at the handle arch and on the finial. Dressed up with a bold teaberry motif, it has a plain but pleasing look.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Clementson Bros.
Motifs:
Teaberry

Clementson - Beaded Band - TB - Sugar Bowl

Description:

Notice the bands of embossed beads placed on the handle arch and top of finial that give this body style its name.
Clementson - Beaded Band - TB - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Clementson Bros.
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Circular
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry

Body Style: Beaded Bow

Biography

The Thomas Hughes and Son, England, mark tells us that this late body style was potted between 1895 and 1910.

 

The square lines of the sugar bowl reflect the Eastlake style of architecture popular at the end of the 19th century. 

 

The most distinctive feature of Beaded Bow is the bow finial and the beading on both the finial and on the bracket style handles.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Rectangular
Potters:
Hughes
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Thomas Hughes - Beaded Bow - TL - Vegetable Tureen

Description:

This vegetable tureen is identified as Beaded Bow by the bow finial and beading at the finial and handles.
Thomas Hughes -  Beaded Bow - TL - Vegetable Tureen
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Potter: Hughes
Location: Burslem and Longport, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bow
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Beaded Tracery

Biography

Styled after the Johnson Brothers Tracery body style, these pieces feature beading near the base of the cups and a botanical vine design embosed on the saucers and plates.

Holloware pieces feature both the Tracery-style beading and the botanical design.

Usually found in white ironstone, these Tea Leaf decorated examples are rare indeed.

After 1897.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Meakin
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Alfred Meakin - Beaded Tracery - TL - Cup and Saucer

Description:

Cup and saucer
Alfred Meakin - Beaded Tracery - TL - Cup and Saucer
Item(s): Cup and Saucer (Handled)
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: Beehive

Biography

This predecessor of Tea Leaf ware is tastefully decorated with several pomegranite motifs interspersed with leaves and sprigs, all in lustrous copper. The classical form is typical of this period.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Unknown
Motifs:
Pomegranate

Unknown - Beehive - POM - Teapot

Description:

This piece is very rare.
Unknown - Beehive - POM - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Unknown
Location: N/A
Origins: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Beehive
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Pomegranate

Body Style: Bellflower

Biography

An embossed floral design characterizes this unusual square body style. Stamped Royal arms mark reads: "Ironstone china, W & E Corn, Burslem" indicating a pre-1891 mark.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular
Potters:
Corn
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Corn - Bellflower - TL - Gravy

Corn - Bellflower - TL - Gravy
Item(s): Gravy Boat
Potter: Corn
Location: Burslem and Longport, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Berry Cluster

Biography

The name for this oval body style is derived from the berry-like clusters on the finials of covered holloware pieces. Embossing on the body resembles tall stalks with leaves and berries at the upper end.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Furnival

Jacob Furnival - Berry Cluster - TB - Sugar Bowl

Description:

A sugar bowl decorated with the teaberry motif.  This piece is usually attributed to Jacob Furnival.  Notice the embossing on the base which resembles tall stalks with leaves and berries - just lovely.
Jacob Furnival - Berry Cluster - TB - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Furnival
Location: Colbridge, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry

Body Style: Blanket Stitch (Piecrust)

Biography

Embossed bands on holloware pieces resemble blanket hemstitching or piecrust rims, features sure to have appealed to the Victorian housewife.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Alcock
Bridgwood
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Henry Alcock - Blanket Stitch - TL - Pitcher - 8.5 tall

Description:

This Blanket Stitch (or Piecrust) pitcher stands 8.5 inches tall.
Henry Alcock - Blanket Stitch - TL - Pitcher - 8.5  tall
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Potter: Alcock
Location: Cobridge, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Bordered Fuchsia

Biography

This is the same blank as Hanging Leaves but with added embossing of fuchsia leaves which cover the entire body of the holloware pieces. This blank is so heavily embossed, the decorators had difficulty finding an appropriate place to paint the Tea Leaf. Even plate rims and cup sides are adorned with embossed leaf and flower sprigs.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Shaw
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Anthony Shaw - Bordered Fuchsia - TL - Sugar Bowl

Description:

Notice how low on the body the Tea Leaf motif is placed.  This body style is so highly embossed it was hard to find a perfect place for the motif.
Anthony Shaw - Bordered Fuchsia - TL - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Ring
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Bow Knot

Biography

A bulbous body style with embossed bowtie-like designs at the handle terminals. This style has only been found in chamber/bath sets. The ewer is unique in that it does not have a true pouring spout.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Wilkinson

Wilkinson - Bow Knot - TL - Chamber Pot

Description:

This piece is part of a bath set.
Wilkinson - Bow Knot - TL - Chamber Pot
Item(s): Chamber Pot
Potter: Wilkinson
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Rectangle/Bracket
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Bow Tie

Biography

The lids of holloware pieces feature fleur-de-lis streamers and wreaths culminating in the tied bow finial. This style is listed as Bow Knot in Dieringer's White Ironstone China Plate Identification Guide. Since the name "Bow Knot" has been used as the title for WIlkinson's bath set body style, we have modified it to "Bow Tie."

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Meakin
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

J and G Meakin - Bow Tie - TL - Soap

J and G Meakin - Bow Tie - TL - Soap
Item(s): Soap Dish
Potter: Meakin
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bow
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Brocade

Biography

Elegantly embossed near the base and surrounding the finial, this body style was the perfect complement to the table linen of the period.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Meakin
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Alfred Meakin - Brocade - TL - Creamer

Description:

A creamer decorated with copper lustre with brocade-like embossing.
Alfred Meakin - Brocade - TL - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Anthony Shaw - Bullet - TL - Chamber Pot

Description:

A chamber pot with lid in the Bullet body style which is easily identifiable by it's bullet-shaped finial.
Anthony Shaw - Bullet - TL - Chamber Pot
Item(s): Chamber Pot
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bullet
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Hexagon (6-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Buttercup

Biography

This handsome body style includes embosing of vines and buttercup looking flowers.  Pieces have a slightly flared spout that rises above the neck of pouring vessels.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s, 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs:
Spokes

Livesley and Powell - Buttercup - Spokes - Creamer - 4.75 talll

Description:

This particular pitcher stands 4-3/4 inches tall.  It is delightfully adorned with veritical copper striping and horizontal copper banding (Spokes) and blue lnes.
Livesley and Powell - Buttercup - Spokes - Creamer - 4.75 talll
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Livesley and Powell
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Spokes

Body Style: Cable Shape

Biography

One of the most popular and available bulbous body styles, it is said to have been potted to commemorate the laying of the Trans-Atlantic cable.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Other, Oval, Round

Anthony Shaw - Cable Shape - TL - Ewer and Basin

Anthony Shaw - Cable Shape - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Brockmann Pottery - Cable Shape - MR - Gravy Boat

Description:

A serving vessel for gravy and sauces.  This one is decorated in a pretty Moss Rose motif.
Brockmann Pottery - Cable Shape - MR - Gravy Boat
Item(s): Gravy Boat
Potter: Brockmann
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Moss Rose
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Burgess - Cable Shape - TL - Teapot

Description:

This is a Burgess Cable teapot.  Notice the elaborate decorations emanating from the inside of the handle.
Burgess - Cable Shape - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Burgess
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Cook and Mareck - Cable Shape - MR - Soap Dish

Description:

This shape was created by many different potters.  This soap dish would have also had a inside drainer.
Cook and Mareck - Cable Shape - MR - Soap Dish
Item(s): Soap Dish
Potter: Cook and Mareck
Location: N/A
Origins: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Moss Rose

D and D - Cable Shape - MR - Gravy Boat

Description:

The distinctive rope ring at the top of the handle identifies this as Cable Shape.
D and D - Cable Shape - MR - Gravy Boat
Item(s): Gravy Boat
Potter: D & D China
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Moss Rose

George Scott - Cable Shape - MR - Punch Bowl

Description:

A punch bowl decorated with the Moss Rose motif.
George Scott - Cable Shape - MR - Punch Bowl
Item(s): Bowl (Punch/Posset)
Potter: Scott
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Goodwin Brothers - Cable Shape - MR - Sugar Bowl

Description:

The distinctive finial assists in identifying this body style.
Goodwin Brothers - Cable Shape - MR - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Goodwin Bros. Pottery
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose

Knowles, Taylor Knowles - Cable Shape - MR - Teapot

Description:

A moss rose decorated teapot in the Cable body style.
Knowles, Taylor Knowles - Cable Shape - MR - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Knowles, Taylor, Knowles
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Thomas Furnival - Cable Shape - TL - Teapot

Description:

A teapot by Thomas Furnival in the popular Cable Shape.
Thomas Furnival - Cable Shape - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Furnival
Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Willets - Cable Shape - MR - Waste Jar Master

Description:

A master waste jar in the cable shape decorated with the Moss Rose motif.
Willets - Cable Shape -  MR - Waste Jar Master
Item(s): Waste Jar (Master w/lid)
Potter: Willets Manufacturing Co
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose

Body Style: Cameo Rose

Biography

The only body style produced by Bahl China, to date only small bowls have been found. 1940-41.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Novelty
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Bahl
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Bahl China - Cameo Rose - TL - Bowl 2

Description:

A closer look at the unique embossed banding that decorates this small bowl.  The pottery was only in business for one year and to-date small bowls are the only known pieces decorated with the tea leaf motif.
Bahl China - Cameo Rose - TL - Bowl 2
Item(s): Bowl (nested various sizes)
Potter: Bahl
Location: Carrolton, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: Camille

Biography

John Edwards' stylish Camille is indentified by the distinctive "Porcelaine de Terre" mark. Every 4 inches along the base of an ewer there are two pairs of soft fluting that rise four inches. The soft fluting is repeated at the top extending down 1.5 inches. A scrolled 'c' design decorates the handle with a leaf impression at the top handle terminal. There is scalloped embossing almost like lace edging at the throat.

Truly a lovely example of the potter's art.

 

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Edwards
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

John Edwards - Camille - TL - Ewer

Description:

A lovely ewer with soft fluting that rises up from the base and cascades down from the rim.
John Edwards - Camille - TL - Ewer
Item(s): Ewer
Potter: Edwards
Location: Fenton, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Cattail

Biography

To date, only bath pieces have been found in Cattail. It features an oblong body style adorned with cattail like lines eminating from the handle terminals. 

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Round
Potters:
Shaw
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Anthony Shaw - Cattail - TL - Ewer and Basin

Anthony Shaw - Cattail - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Ceres Shape

Biography

Elsmore & Forster's very popular wheat style was widely copied by other potters, both British and Amrican. It is an extremely well potted line which is found in many elegant decorations. In addition to the copper lustre enhanced version, there are examples with cobalt, a lighter blue, green and gold lustre, a mustard yellow and even in a Rockingham glaze. 

Registered in 1859.

 

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre, Green and Gold, Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

Elsmore and Forster - Ceres Shape - LB - Coffee Pot

Elsmore and Forster - Ceres Shape - LB - Coffee Pot
Item(s): Coffeepot
Potter: Elsmore and Forster
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Ring
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Elsmore and Forster - Ceres Shape - LB - Sugar Bowl

Elsmore and Forster - Ceres Shape - LB - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Elsmore and Forster
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Ring
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Wilkinson - Ceres - LB - Creamer

Description:

There is lots of copper lustre on this Ceres shaped creamer.
Wilkinson - Ceres - LB - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Wilkinson
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Chain Link

Biography

Chain Link is named for the unusual handle of the ewer that has been found. It is completed by the trefoil embossing at the upper handle terminal. The rim is gracefully sculptured lending a refined quality to the overall body style.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Meakin
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Alfred Meakin - Chain Link - TL - Ewer

Alfred Meakin - Chain Link - TL - Ewer
Item(s): Ewer
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Chantilly

Biography

This body style is identified by lacy embossing and lustre decoration.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Meakin
Motifs:
Lustre Band

Alfred Meakin - Chantilly - LB - Ewer

Description:

The ewer has delicate embossing and decoration that is reminiscent of Chantilly lace.
Alfred Meakin - Chantilly - LB - Ewer
Item(s): Ewer
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Chelsea

Biography

Fluted corners on an otherwise plain surface characterize this beautiful body style. Fancy finials and handles provide added embellishment to an otherwise simple form. When comparing the different manufacturers you will notice the following:

 

Alfred Meakin - Has a skewered finial and oval, round or oblong footprints. Butter pats do not have any noticeable ridging but are scalloped and can be confused with Simple Pear although the latter is always marked Alfred Meakin LTD.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Oval, Round

Alfred Meakin - Chelsea - TL - Soap Dish

Description:

Covered soap dish with drain insert

ALFRED MEAKIN - CHELSEA - TL - SOAP DISH
Item(s): Drainer - soap
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Loop (Open)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Bishop and Stonier - Chelsea - TL - Ewer and Basin

Description:

Wash bowl and Ewer
Bishop and Stonier - Chelsea - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Bishop & Stonier
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Dresden - Chelsea - MR - Sugar Bowl

Description:

This sugar bowl has a large Moss Rose motif and gold lustre accents.
Dresden - Chelsea - MR - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Dresden Pottery Works
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Arch - Elliptical
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Moss Rose
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Johnson Brothers - Chelsea - TL - Creamer

Description:

Creamer
Johnson Brothers - Chelsea - TL - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Johnson Bros.
Location: Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Wedgwood - Chelsea - TL - Sugar Bowl

Description:

The fluted corners of this piece identify it as the Chelsea shape and the rectangular finial is indicative of Wedgwood as the potter.
Wedgwood - Chelsea - TL - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Wedgwood
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Horizontal Flattened
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Chinese Shape

Biography

An elegantly paneled style with leaf embossing at the handle terminals and surrounding the rosebud finial. Chinese Shape is found decorated with Tea Leaf or Teaberry motifs; even with gold lustre motifs on lighter weight bodies. Some examples by Anthony Shaw actually are in lustre band only and may be either panelled or smooth.  Red Cliff copied the lines and the distinctive Shaw tea leaf in their mid-20th century reproduction line.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided), Oval

Anthony Shaw - Chinese Shape - TL - Punch Bowl

Description:

A rare find.
Anthony Shaw - Chinese Shape - TL - Punch Bowl
Item(s): Bowl (Punch/Posset)
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bud
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Anthony Shaw - Chinese Shape - TL - Sugar Bowl

Description:

This is a Chinese Shape sugar bowl with a rosebud finial.
Anthony Shaw - Chinese Shape - TL - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bud
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Red Cliff - Chinese Shape - TL - Teapot

Description:

A Chinese Shape teapot produced in the 20th century.
Red Cliff - Chinese Shape - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Red Cliff Ironstone (Hall China)
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bud
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Chrysanthemum

Biography

Chrysanthemum features lavish floral embossing on the upper body. This late Victorian bulbous style may be found in copper or gold lustre motifs.

Registered in 1886.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Burgess
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Burgess - Chrysanthemum - TL - Ewer and Basin

Burgess - Chrysanthemum - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Burgess
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Circle and Dot

Biography

This body style features twisted rope handles, a hexagonal spheroid shape with a recessed base, and the lids are plateau with horizontal flattened arch finials. 

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Rectangular
Potters:
Scott
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

George Scott - Circle and Dot - No Available Photo

Item(s): N/A
Potter: Scott
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Citron Shape

Biography

The Citron plate is very plain; however, holloware pieces have a trefoil leaf with twigs and branch design.

 While we only are aware of luster band treatment in this shape, it is entirely possible that it could be found with teaberry motif as Clementson was in his heydey at the time this pattern was registered.

About 1863.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Clementson
Motifs:
Lustre Band

Clementson - Citron Shape - No Available Photo

Item(s): N/A
Potter: Clementson
Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Classic Gothic

Biography

One of the earliest body styles to be decorated with copper lustre motifs, Classic Gothic is characterized by its octagonal shape. Pitchers and teapots have bracket handles, while sugar and vegetable dishes have spiraled ear handles.

Classic Gothic can be distinguidhed from its cousin, Full Panelled Gothic, by the eight panels which extend downward to a deep indentation just above the base.

 

 

 

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)

Broughham & Mayer - Classic Gothic - Unknown - No Available Photo

Item(s): N/A
Potter: Broughham and Mayer
Location: Sandyford, Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1850s, 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A
Type of Mark:

Livesley and Powell - Classic Gothic - TB - Basin and Ewer

Description:

This set is dated to the 1850's.
Livesley and Powell - Classic Gothic - TB - Basin and Ewer
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Potter: Livesley and Powell
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Teaberry

Red Cliff - Classic Gothic - LB - Pitcher

Description:

Classic Gothic is characterized by its octagonal shape and bracket handles on pitchers and teapots.  This pitcher is a later rendition of an early body style.
Red Cliff - Classic Gothic - LB - Pitcher
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Potter: Red Cliff Ironstone (Hall China)
Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Lustre Band

Unknown - Classic Gothic - LB - Teapot

Description:

The body style of this teapot is identified by its octagonal shape and bracket handle.
Unknown - Classic Gothic - LB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Unknown
Location: N/A
Origins: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Mushroom
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Lustre Band

Walley - Classic Gothic - PAL - Teapot

Description:

A highly decorated teapot in the Classic Gothic shape.
Walley - Classic Gothic - PAL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Walley
Location: Cobridge, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Finials: Acorn
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Palissy
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Body Style: Classic Shape

Biography

The T & R Boote pottery is primarily known for its early Sydenham Shape lines. The Classic Shape is a rare example of this famous pottery's later work.

About 1868.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Boote
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Boote - Classic Shape - TL - Bone Dish

Boote - Classic Shape - TL - Bone Dish
Item(s): Bone dish
Potter: Boote
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Crescent
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Cockscomb Handle

Biography

The fancy cockscomb handle and high pedestal base make this an outstanding example of the body style sometimes called "Lantern." Usually found in mulberry or flow blue, they also made lines with Teaberry or copper lustre bands. It is attributed to Jacob Furnival.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Hexagon (6-Sided)
Potters:
Furnival

Jacob Furnival - Cockscomb Handle - TB - Creamer

Description:

This early body style is often attributed to Jacob Furnival althugh pieces are typically unmarked.  The teaberry motif and intricate handle make this a favorite among collectors.
Jacob Furnival - Cockscomb Handle - TB - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Furnival
Location: Colbridge, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Hexagon (6-Sided)
Motifs: Teaberry

Body Style: Columbia Shape

Biography

This Sydenham-related body style was potted by several makers, each adding their own individual touch by varying the finials. Livesley and Powell used a cone-shaped knob; Elsmore & Foster used an acorn on top of the child's pieces, and a nut finial on their adult pieces. Children's sets by Elsmore & Foster sport Morning Glory or Tpbacco Leaf motifs. Registered in 1855.

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

Elsmore and Forster - Columbia Shape - TOB - Child's Teapot

Description:

Child's pieces are a favorite among collectors.
Elsmore and Forster - Columbia Shape - TOB - Child's Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Elsmore and Forster
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Mushroom
Adults/Child's Pieces: Child's
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tobacco Leaf

Body Style: Corinthian

Biography

Corinthian columns with intricate capitals graced the architecture of ancient Greece. The stately columns dividing this elegant pitcher into quarters are the inspiration for the adaptation of the Corinthian name. A crimped and scalloped rim tops the colonaded body.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Potters:
Challinor
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Challinor - Corinthian - TL - Pitcher

Description:

This beautiful pitcher with large tea leaf comes in at least two sizes.
Challinor - Corinthian - TL - Pitcher
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Potter: Challinor
Location: Lane Delph, Fenton
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Coronet

Biography

Coornet is a plain round style characterized by a crown-like finial on covered holloware pieces. Note that some pieces like gravy boats and covered vegetables feature an unusual scalloped footprint. 

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Corn
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Corn - Coronet - TL - Vegetable Tureen

Description:

This lovely vegetable tureen is topped off with a crown-like finial.
Corn - Coronet - TL - Vegetable Tureen
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Potter: Corn
Location: Burslem and Longport, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Crown
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Crewel

Biography

Embossed designs on the lower section of holloware pieces resemble fine crewel embroidery. The oval bodies are divided into four somewhat bulbous sections. Handles are attached at the widest portion of the body and appear to be out of proportion with the overall size, a trademark of the late Victorian period.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Potters:
Meakin
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Alfred Meakin - Crewel - TL - Creamer

Description:

The beautifully embossed designs on the bottom of this creamer resemble fine crewel embroidery.
Alfred Meakin - Crewel - TL - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Meakin
Location: Tunstall, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Crystal Shape

Biography

Crystal is a very plain bulbous style potted by two famous producers of Tea Leaf ironstone. The only difference in the teapots is the rim style. Clementson used a flanged simple rim while Elsmore & Forster scalloped their flanged rim. Elsmore & Forster uses a heavily lustred knob finial.

 

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

Clementson - Crystal Shape - TB - Teapot

Description:

This Cystal Shape teapot is elegant in its simplicity.
Clementson - Crystal Shape - TB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Clementson Bros.
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Conical Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry

Clementson - Crystal Shape - TL - Covered Vegetable

Description:

A plain but pleasant body style with uplift handles.
Clementson - Crystal Shape - TL -  Covered Vegetable
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Potter: Clementson Bros.
Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Elsmore and Forster - Crystal Shape - PEP - Teapot

Description:

A teapot in the Crystal shape by Elsmore & Forster.
Elsmore and Forster - Crystal Shape - PEP - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Elsmore and Forster
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Conical Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Pepperleaf

Body Style: Daisy

Biography

A square style from the same blank as Bullet, Daisy features a square faceted knob finial and daisy rosettes at handle corners. It has a very pronounced flared shape which indents sharply to the bracket foot base.

Registered in 1884.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Square
Potters:
Clarke
Shaw
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Anthony Shaw - Daisy - TL - Vegetable Tureen

Description:

This covered vegetable tureen has daisy rosettes impressed on the handles.
Anthony Shaw - Daisy - TL - Vegetable Tureen
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Potter: Shaw
Location: Tunstall and Burslem, England
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Pyramidal Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Daisy 'n' Chain

Biography

Daisy 'n' Chain is a slighly bulbous square style featuring rosettes at the handle corners and in the arch finial. The chain decorations are found at the handle terminals and under the finial arch.

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oblong, Square

Wilkinson - Daisy 'n' Chain - TL - Chamber Pot

Wilkinson - Daisy 'n' Chain - TL - Chamber Pot
Item(s): Chamber Pot
Potter: Wilkinson
Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Horizontal Flattened
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Body Style: Daisy & Tulip

Biography

Almost a Wdgwood trademark, the Daisy & Tulip rosette is prominent on the steeple finial and the arch of the handles. In this round body style, Wedgwood flanked the rosette with stylized tulips.

Registered in 1877

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Potters:
Wedgwood
Motifs:
Tea Leaf

Wedgwood - Daisy & Tulip - TL - Teapot

Description:

Daisy rosettes are flanked with stylized tulips on the steeple finial.
Wedgwood - Daisy & Tulip - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Potter: Wedgwood
Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Steeple
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Clementson - Dallas Shape - LB - Creamer

Description:

This creamer is 5 inches tall.  It was registered in 1855.  The embossing on this particular piece is stunning.
Clementson - Dallas Shape - LB - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Potter: Clementson
Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Body Style: Dangling Tulips

Biography

Dangling Tulips is the nickname of a body style registered by Edward Pearson. A firm named Pearson, Farrall & Meakin operated a pottery in Shelton in 1854. The firm did not last very long for there is no record of a notice of dissolution for the partnership. Mr. Pearson and Mr Farrall evidently went their separate ways, both potting the same shape under their individual names. (The Meakin in this partnership was James Meakin, not one of the Tea Leaf Meakins.)

Naming Source: Club Named
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round

Farrall - Dangling Tulips - LB - Vegetable Tureen

Description:

  A beautifully embossed and decorated vegetable tureen.
Farrall - Dangling Tulips - LB - Vegetable Tureen
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Potter: Farrall
Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Type of Company: Potter
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bud
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Lustre Band