Body Style

Cable Shape

Naming Source

Factory Named

Manufacturing Era

1870s
1880s
1890s
20th Century

Treatment(s)

Copper Lustre
Gold Lustre

Footprints/Shapes

Oblong
Other
Oval
Round

Type(s) of Ware

Bath
Dinnerware

Motif(s)

Cloverleaf
Morning Glory
Moss Rose
Pomegranate
Tea Leaf
Tea Plum

Description

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.  

Note the differences in the lustre decorations of various makers.  Burgess can be distinguished by the elaborate beading while Shaw's version has a V-shaped line and a solid lustre on the ring.  Furnival has lustre decoration that is almost a carbon copy of Shaw's - it can be identified by the very distinctive Furnival tea leaf motif that has the extra buds off of the tea leaf stem.

This style is sometimes referred to as "Cable and Ring."  Note that there are examples of pieces marked "Cable Shape" so this is a potter named body style.  Some Shaw plates are marked "cable."

Fell and Thropp used an unuusal Tea Leaf variant that was a bit larger with the leaves all pointing a bit downward.  McNicol, Burton and Company used a gold Tea Leaf that has two open leaves and one closed plus a bud.

The Steubenville Pottery version may be found with the Tea Pum motif.