Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pick 'n' Mix

Nearly all of the "Traditional" Poole Pottery in my collection is made from the red clay that was in use at Poole from the mid-1920's up until 1934.  The pots from this period have a particular feel that is hard to describe.  There's a softness to the decoration, that seems to be bonded deeper into the body of the vase.  So this vase is just a couple of years too late for me, but I wanted it for it's unusual, strangely random pattern.  It is shape number 112, GD pattern painted by Hilda Trim between 1934 and 1937.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Scotland Envy

The increased media focus this week, on the Scotland's independence vote, has prompted me again to make an inappropriate mix of pot and politics.  I think more than anything, with the opinion polls narrowing, it's the sense of the British state mustering all of it's resources to defend the union, that makes me want to (quite ineffectually) react against it.  I'm not Scottish, and I've only been to Scotland once.  I don't have a romantic view of Scotland, and I've never seen "Braveheart", but if the Scots vote yes, I think moving north of the boarder would be a very attractive option.
I'll be taking my pots with me of course, including this sweet EQ pattern egg cup Dorothy James in the early 1930's.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Wash and Brush-Up

When it was advertised on eBay this OR pattern spill vase was in looking pretty grubby.  Which is something that often draws me in to make a bid.  In part because I know just how well they can clean up but perhaps also because I want to make sure that the pot has a chance to shine again. The shape number is 262 and it was painted by Anne Hatchard between 1922 and '24.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


 Here's a fairly early "sprig" (FE) pattern vase made between 1922 and 1924, shape number 586 painted by Vera Bridle.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For

A couple of posts ago (leaky), I was bemoaning the crack on the side of the EE pattern soup cup I'd bought from eBay and wishing that another would turn up.  And then behold, they appear, in the least expected place, and with matching saucers too!
I  was in the Yorkshire Dales with my partner last weekend, and late on Sunday afternoon, walked through a village at the bottom of Wensleydale called West Burton.  West Burton only has one pub and one shop, and while we made good use of the pub,  it was in the antiques shop that I found these soup cups.
They were painted  in TK pattern during the early 1930's by Marjorie Cryer, and there are seven in total. The six above are made from red clay and one of those has a broken handle, glued back on.  The seventh is made from white clay with a pink coloured base, which dates it to a couple of years later (it's still painted by Marjorie Cryer), and it has slightly different decoration on the handles.  So I imagine the original owner of the set must have purchased this seventh cup as a replacement at a time when they were still quite new.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

How Could I?

How could I have forgotten to post a picture of this little jug.  My pottery buying has slowed down a bit this past month of so, but luckily I've found this photos to post and there are quite a few similarly forgotten photos in waiting.  This one is XK pattern, shape 324, painted in the late 1920's or early 30's by someone using a share as their mark, who's contribution to Poole, perhaps like the jug, has also been overlooked.

Monday, 11 August 2014


Unfortunately this very sweet  EE patern soup cup painted by Ruth Pavely has a couple of deep hairline cracks.  It was only ever big enough to hold a ladle full of soup and now it cant even do that.  Shape number 859, I'd love to find another one.

Friday, 8 August 2014

middle sized

This vase was in the same lot as the honey pot posted a couple of weeks ago.  It's painted in Sweet Pea (TY) patter by Hilda Trimm and can be dated by it's pink base to somewhere between 1934 and 37.  A lot of the sweet pea pattern pots I've seen come from this period.  The two simlar shaped vases in this pattern I already own are both made from red clay and date to a year or so earlier. TY   In terms of size this vase fits nicely in the middle of them.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Wobbly Return

Summer holiday over and first day back at work I don't feel overly inspired to blog, but wanted to share this lovely CY pattern vase.  Painted by Gertie Warren and made between 1922 and 1924, it's a shape I've not found before (no 383).  It's very wobbly and only two and a half inches tall.
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