Meakin Tintern English Transferware Dinner Set

We love the scenic transferware made popular by 20th century English potters.  Among our favorites: the Friendly Village pattern by Johnson Bros which is still produced today, and Heritage pattern by Ridgway potteries.  The most popular transfer colors seem to be brown, green, pink and blue. Often hand painted colors were added over the transfer before the pieces were glazed.

Meakin Tintern Dinner Plate

Meakin Tintern Dinner Plate

“Tintern” by Alfred Meakin is a lesser known pattern which features a scene of the village of Tintern, Monmouthshire Wales. In the foreground, a shepherd tends his flock on the bank of the River Wye.  In the background is a historic landmark, the Tintern Abbey ruins. The Abbey was founded in 1131 and was surrendered to King Henry VIII in 1536. If you are interested in a wonderfully detailed history of the Tintern Abbey complete with numerous beautiful photos please visit this website .

Meakin Tintern backstamp

Meakin Tintern backstamp


Royal Albert Winsome China

royal albert winsome china

Royal Albert Winsome China Dinner Set

Just added to our online shop is a fabulous assortment of Royal Albert’s Winsome pattern. Produced in England from 1966 to 2001, this sweet bone china pattern features the Winsome rose, a mauve-pink miniature rose and is  also embellished with sprays of cheerful blue forget me nots.

royal albert winsome demitasse cup & saucer

Royal Albert Winsome demitasse cup & saucer

The set is Royal Albert’s classic montrose shape, which features fluted edges and gold trim.

royal albert winsome backstamp

Royal Albert Winsome backstamp

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Coalport Indian Tree China

There is a long list of companies that produced Indian Tree patterned wares over the years but the original manufacturer was Coalport who debuted the pattern in 1802 in their Shropshire England factory.

Coalport Indian Tree Fluted Plates

Coalport Indian Tree Fluted Plates

The pattern was immensely popular and large section of the factory was devoted to the production of it. Fledgling china painters apprenticed at the factory, learning to decorate the Indian Tree wares. The colours were hand painted over a black transfer outline. The exact origin of the design is undetermined though there are tales of fabric swatches and paper brought back from the Far East.

Our first encounter with Indian Tree patterned china was at an antique show.  We were immediately captivated by the exquisite design. This was well before the launch of our vintage china venture and we knew nothing about the age or history of the pattern. What we did notice was that it was made by several manufacturers and bits of it were sprinkled all over the show.

The Coalport version Indian Tree bone china is the nicest by far, in our opinion, with hand applied colours and a unique fluted shape. It was manufactured in three styles, scalloped, semi scalloped and smooth edges.

We’ve also come across many pieces by other English companies such as Johnson Brothers and Midwinter, made of earthenware and not quite as bright. Minton and Aynsley also have a lovely bone china version, with colors just as vibrant as the Coalport, but only have the smooth non fluted edge.

Over the years we have managed to put together a Coalport Indian Tree dinner set with a few serving pieces for our virtual museum. The serving pieces are harder to come by as they are quite collectible. There were a seemingly endless number of different items made for this set from toy tea sets to soup tureens and ladles. There are many different shapes of individual pieces, such as teacups and teapots. All of our set is bone china and has back stamps that date the set to the twentieth century so we suppose you could call it a newer set. We also have a nineteenth century set of Indian Tree from an undetermined manufacturer but that is a tale for another time!

Antique Indian Tree Tureen circa 1860 maker unknown

Antique Indian Tree Tureen circa 1860 maker unknown

Vintage Wood’s Seaforth Dinner Set


Woods Seaforth Dinner Plate

Woods Seaforth Dinner Plate

Just added this week to our ebay store is Seaforth pattern in the pink aka red version. These charming earthenware dishes were produced by Wood’s Pottery of Burslem England.

woods seaforth pink dinner set

Woods Seaforth Pink Dinner Set

The transferware pattern was inspired by Asian art, in the popular design style known as Chinoiserie.  The pieces are finished with delicate gadrooned edges.

Woods Seaforth Back Stamp

Woods Seaforth Back Stamp

Although this set was produced in the 1930’s, the backstamp gives a nod to ancestors of the Wood family of potters, Enoch who was born in 1784 and Ralph born 1750.

Paragon Princess Margaret Rose

Paragon Princess Margaret Rose

Paragon Princess Margaret Rose

Soon to be added to our ebay store is this pretty vintage Paragon tea ware.  It was produced as a souvenir for the 1930 birth of Princess Margaret Rose.

Paragon Princess Margaret Rose teacup

The flowers featured are Marguerites and Roses,  as well as an adorable pair of  budgerigars that embody  the “Two for Joy” theme.  The budgerigar is also known as a parakeet  and  nicknamed the budgie.  “Two for joy” was the inscription on Princess  Elizabeth’s commemorative 1926 china pattern which featured a pair of magpies. Two magpies were observed at the church during the baptism of Elizabeth thus inspiring the quote.

paragon princess margaret rose plate

Paragon Princess Margaret Rose plate

paragon princess margaret rose backstamp

Paragon Princess Margaret Rose backstamp

Royal Albert Sweet Violets

Royal Albert Sweet Violets

Royal Albert Sweet Violets Pattern dinner set

Just added to our ebay store , vintage Sweet Violets pattern by Royal Albert.   This  pattern was produced in England between 1966 to 2001.

Royal Albert Celebration

Royal Albert Celebration Bone China Dinner Set

Royal Albert Celebration Bone China Dinner Set

Celebrate with Royal Albert’s fabulous Celebration pattern! This lovely pattern was produced in England from 1969-2001. We have just added more to our ebay store.