Tea Plum

Body Style: Maidenhair Fern

Biography

Holloware pieces in Maidenhair Fern feature embossed fern designs at the handle terminals. The same embossing is found at the strap finials. Although basically a rectangular shape, it is softly rounded. Tea service pieces and pitchers have scalloped rims above a very pronounced neck. They are very high waisted, then taper to a scallopd base. Note that some bath pieces have a roiund footprint.

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

Body Style: Phoenix

Biography

The body is smooth and free of embossing.  The base is very round.  The neck is ruffled.

 

Naming Source: Factory Named
Manufacturing Era: 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Potters:
Unknown
Motifs:
Tea Plum

Body Style: Simple Square - Pagoda

Biography

This simple square body style flares gently outward to the low waist, then is abruptly indented to the recessed base. It is named for the oriental flavor of the arch finials and handles. The Steubenville Pottery version is often decorated with a Tea Plum also called the Tea Leaf lollypop.

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

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

Potter: The Potters Cooperative

Biography

The Potters Cooperative (aka TPC) was started by a group of disgruntled potters who had been locked out of their potteries after trying to form a Pottery Workers Union.  The facility operated from 1882 to 1925.  The facility used was at the Dresden Works which accounts for the number of pieces marked with Dresden's backstamp.  H. A. McNicol (see McNicol, Burton and D. E. McNicol) became President when the other potters returned to their original works.  

Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
American Favorite
Unknown
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Tea Plum