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
“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
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
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
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 backstamp
Johnson Bros Wild Turkey Plates and Platter
Just added to our virtual museum is Wild Turkeys, a vintage earthenware pattern, which was produced for the North American market, in England from 1952 – 1974 by Johnson Bros. This highly collectible set adorns many a vintage inspired holiday table. Happy collecting and eating!
Johnson Bros Wild Turkey pattern – back stamp
Ridgway’s “Heritage” pattern merged Canadian history and colorful dinnerware. Manufactured by Ridgway Pottery of Staffordshire England in the 1960’s, the earthenware pieces feature hand applied colors over a dark green transfer. “Heritage” pattern was adapted from a series of sketches and sepia watercolors composed by William Henry Bartlett, then a twenty-nine year old english artist. From June to November 1838 Bartlett traveled through eastern Canada creating the works. These were later engraved onto steel plates for mass printing. Images from Bartletts journey were published as “Canadian Scenery Illustrated”, an 1842 collection featuring over one hundred steel engravings.
From our virtual museum
Check out our Ridgway Heritage piece guide and our Ridgway Heritage photo gallery