Thursday, May 6, 2010

Delinquent Blogger!!! and # 6!

     So, I got a bit overwhelmed and backed off the blogging...I have been subbing a lot and since there is no routine or pre-arrangement, very often I am not prepared to be running out to sub. Then it's Kindergarten or 6th or Music or Library and I am a little over-extended! Today was a half day, so I was able to recharge a bit...yes, I finally got to go to TJ Maxx for a few minutes! I applaud all of you who work full or part time and have the kids and school and meetings, etc. I think that is what did may PTA and other school meetings and bake for this and that  and run and get the shirt for the concert...and the fact that none of my clothes feel right...ugh.
          I also am in the middle of my beautiful blogger and feel as if I have an unfinished homework assignment...So, here I go again!!!!  Grab a cup of tea for this one!

6. I LOVE transferware. I started when I found my first plate at a cute shop. It was brown and I fell in love.
                               It just says English Ironstone England on the back.

            Then I discovered Spode and Old English Castles by Johnson Brothers. First I will tell you a bit about Transferware......                                                    

 Transferware is the term given to pottery that has had a pattern applied by transferring the print from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and finally to the pottery body. While produced mostly on earthenware, transfer prints are also found on ironstone, porcelain and bone china. Most transferware, around 90%, was made in the Staffordshire county of England, but it was also made in other areas of Great Britain such as Leeds, Liverpool, Swansea and Scotland.

At first the patterns were copied in style and detail from the Chinese. As transferware became more popular it was anglicized and many patterns were copied directly from prints and etchings that were popular in the early nineteenth century.

Transferware first started appearing on the market in the late 18th century, and exploded in popularity in the 1820s and 1830s. Although the styles of the transfers changed over the years, it has been made continuously since then. It is only since the 1990s that the pottery industry has moved its production off shore and out of Great Britain.

Although more blue was produced than other colors, colored transferware became popular in America in the 1830s and was exported in red, pink, purple, cranberry, brown, black, green, yellow, gray and various combinations of these colors.

Here are a few pieces from my collection!

Old English Castle and my lilacs....ahhhh

Old British Castles and Spode

Asiatic platter  and Old British Castles plates and teacups
Old British Castles bread and butter or I use it for coins and shells and candles...
The green is Ridgway by Staffordshire. I love the OB Castles, because each one depicts a different castle in England...for example-Blannary, Dudley...

The Christmas plates are Queens (inexpensive) and the white with blue-bottom left- is
Royal Doulton (Classic Rose-LOVE) and probably not transferware-but pretty! The upper left is made by Unicorn (from TJ  Maxx <3) in Stafforshire England, and inexpensive.

You can find transferware in antique shops, flea markets, garage sales, Marshalls and TJ Maxx, on line sites, ebay, etc. Pick up a few and you may become addicted!

Next time 7! I'll try not to take so long to post again!



  1. I LOVE your posts- take all the time you want!!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. Sometimes life just has to be paid attention!
    I enjoyed the transfer ware post. It's hard to find up here, but I am always on the lookout for the odd piece of red transfer ware - the hunt is half the fun!

  3. SO beautiful! I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at these plates or painting them!They are each so beautiful and unique!

  4. I've just begun collecting transferware. For now I have a few pieces in red. I'd love to have a tablefull for Thanksgiving ... one day.


  5. Nancy what a great post. Glad you did this because I love the transferware but only have a few pieces.
    Wanted to thank you for the get well wishes. I am taking it one day at a time and slower than normal but I was lucky to not have broken my silly neck.
    Take care honey and thanks for stopping by
    and wishing me well

  6. Your collection is fabulous Nancy! I've just started collecting white ironstone but have my eye out for some brown transferware.
    Have a great weekend.

  7. I was looking for information on transferware and found this! Thank you so much for all the information :) Do you know much about brown transferware? I am trying to collect it and it is really hard to find.

    Thanks for the inspiration today :)



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