Baby's Plate designed by Hilda Cowham

Baby's Plate designed by Hilda Cowham
Stock No. 474
A "BABY'S PLATE" designed by Hilda Cowham for Shelley from her 2nd series and introduced in 1927. Examples from this second series with the very art deco period stylized images of children playing are particularly scarce because this series coincided with the issuing of Mabel Lucie Attwell's children's china from 1926 onwards also by Shelley, which captured the imagination of the British public at that time. So despite the excellence of Hilda Cowham's designs in their own right, the sudden demand for Mabel Lucie Attwell's children's china, determined Shelley's production and consequently minimised output of Hilda Cowham's chidren's china, and which was soon dropped. This "BABY'S PLATE" is decorated with three little boys marching along, with drum, pipe and tray, (the last also pulling a small wooden horse on wheels), and with the printed rhyme "BILLY WITH THE DRUM SANDY WITH THE PIPE TOMMY WITH THE TRAY WE GO OUT EVERY DAY" Marked also with the printed signature of Hilda Cowham (bottom right), and the words "BABY'S PLATE" printed on the bottom edge. Condition fortunately is largely good, but with moderate wear commensurate with some use. Marked in green to the base with " Shelley " within a shield, below which "ENGLAND", and in black with the Regd. No.731979 Diameter of bottom rim : 8 inches Diameter of top rim 7.5 inches

Paragon Peek-a-Boo Series Tea Plate designed by Chloe Preston

Paragon Peek-a-Boo Series Tea Plate designed by Chloe Preston
Stock No. 473
A Paragon baby's plate designed by Chloe Preston from her Peek-a-Boo Series in 1918 and produced in 1919, illustrated with little boys (in imitation of their fathers) coming out of an army recruiting office which has a placard outside reading "CALL TO ARMS YOUR KING & COUNTRY NEED YOU" The illustration also bears the printed signature of " CHLOE PRESTON ". This series was designed towards the end of the first World War, when young boys would typically play at being soldiers and little girls as nurses - emulating the majority of their elders who had largely been involved in the First World War for the preceding four years. Marked to the base with the Star mark and PARAGON CHINA ENGLAND Peek-a-Boo Series . The design's outline was transfer printed and then hand painted in enamels as are all the other Paragon children's china pieces from this period -(the technique is known as "print and tint"). Condition is very good with only slight wear. Pieces from this particular Chloe Preston series are now extremely scarce, and difficult to find now 100 years after their original production. Dimensions : Diameter : 6.25 inches

Carlton Ware Walking Ware "Happy Birthday" Present Jug

Carlton Ware Walking Ware "Happy Birthday" Present Jug
Stock No. 472
A scarce Carlton Ware / Lustre Pottery Walking Ware "Happy Birthday" Present Jug.Designed by Roger Michell for Carltonware around 1980. The jug is decorated as a gift with diagonal blue, green and white striped wrapping paper with the words " Happy Birthday " written in the white stripes. The stamp is franked with a circular mark reading "Carltonware Lustre Pottery" in a circle around "England 1980" These jugs are unusual in their rhomboid cross-section and are one of the more scarce and very difficult to find Walking Ware items produced by Carlton Ware. Condition is perfect, with no damages, wear or restorations. Bears the combined semi-circular mark for Carlton Ware and Lustre Pottery for 1980 on the sole of one foot. Dimensions : height : 5 inches ( cf. Walking Ware A Collector's Guide by Julia Michell pp.8 & 39 )

Paragon Mother Goose Series Tea Plate by Chloe Preston

Paragon Mother Goose Series Tea Plate by Chloe Preston
Stock No. 471
A scarce Paragon tea plate from the Mother Goose Series circa 1918 designed by Chloe Preston , hand coloured in enamels with an illustration of a child shepherdess with shepherd's crook, dog and a black sheep to accompany the nursery rhyme also printed on the teaplate as follows Baa Baa black sheep, Have you any wool? Yes marry have I, Three bags full. One for my master, And one for my dame, But none for the little boy, Who cries in the lane. Marked with the Paragon star mark, below which PARAGON CHINA ENGLAND Mother Goose Series . Condition is very good with little or no wear to the face of the plate, just 1 professionally and invisibly restored hairline to the rim of the plate. Dimensions : Diameter : 6.1 inches (Cf. Gifts for Good Children The History of Children's China Vol.2 by Maureen Batkin. Listed p.119-120 and design illus. p.119)