Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Edward Challinor Turquoise and Red Transferware Tablescape

I was recently asked to sell a set of antique transferware for a customer and am in the process of listing it all to my shop now.  When the dishes first arrived I was planning out a Mothers Day dinner for our Moms and thought it would be fun to pull out the red shades in them.  I paired them with my Masons Vista dinner plates, some vintage red glassware and flowers.  The set is by Edward Challinor and dates to the mid 1800's.  It is a gorgeous color of turquoise with vividly painted flowers.

The smaller salad plates were layered over the red dinner plates and cream colored chargers. 

The vintage tablecloth has the same turquoise shade as do the dishes.  I have had this for years and never used it! 

I found the cranberry and gold glasses for next to nothing at an estate sale a year or two ago and the goblets came from Tuesday Morning. 

  It's very difficult to find an antique set like this with so many pieces intact and still with the set.  I used the teapot, creamer, sugar and a large ewer at the center of the table, each filled with colorful roses and other flowers.

About Edward Challinor: 
Edward was born to William Challinor, an attorney of Pickwood, Leek and Mary nee Bagnall on July 18, 1792.  He was apprenticed at an early age to J. and R. Riley of Burslem, whose factory was located at the site which later became Hill Top Pottery.
He purchased The Over House Works in 1819 which had previously been owned and operated by the Wedgwood family for the past 200 years. There he began business on his own account.  In 1828 he began leasing the works out to other potters and he joined John Wood making pottery at Brownhills, Tunstall.
(photo credit: Staffordshire Past Track)
In 1869, the old works were entirely taken down and a new and extensive manufactory was erected with all the latest improvements of machinery and appliances. The jiggers all being driven by steam-power and the drying stoves heated by exhaust steam. 
The rebuilding, after half a century of active occupation by one person, was thus commemorated with a sign in ornamental scroll stonework and carved brickwork surrounded by Minton tiles with the inscription: 
‘Edward Challinor commenced business here A.D. 1819, and rebuilt the premises A.D. 1869.’  

The new manufactory was opened in 1870 by Ralph Hammersley, who moved here from the Church Bank Pottery at Tunstall and who had previously been involved in business with Mr. Challinor for twenty years.  Edward Challinor never married and died on April 16, 1879. 

Today the Over House Manufactory houses Royal Stafford (formed in 1992 Royal Stafford & Barratts of Staffordshire), one of the few remaining factories producing traditional high fired English earthenware, drawing its warmth and charm from the natural clays which are still mined in the South of England.  There is also a Factory Shop and Ceramics Cafe' on the premises where you can paint your own piece of pottery.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Playing with Purple Transferware while they were at the Prom & SALE

Kids grow up so fast.  Last Saturday night my two babies attended their Jr. and Sr. prom.  I snapped a few photos before they left the house for their big night out with friends and dates and to catch them both looking snazzy~

 Ashton, my high school junior and her date, Jake
Trevor, my high school senior, attempting to look so cool…

I had as much fun staying at home as they did going to the Prom.  I played with dishes and if you ask me, I got the better deal!   I turned on some music and spent the better part of the evening pulling out some of my purple transferware collection and displaying it in our Master Bath over the tub. 
I like to layer varying shapes and sizes…larger pieces in the back and smaller ones towards the front…plus I can cram more in that way.

 The house has lots of beautiful woodwork and several of the walls in the bath area have this wonderfully deep molding, just perfect to double as a shelf.

Directly over the tub is another wall arrangement with some of the purple plates and one of my favorite green transferware platters.

Trevor brought me home a pink carnation  that evening and I put it in a miniature vase by the bathtub.

And lastly, a reminder that there is still time to take advantage of my online sale.  There are two days left to save 15% off everything when you use the code Bunny at checkout.  (Jewelry is 1/2 off with the code Jewelry).  

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Monday, April 6, 2015

It's National Tartan Day!

Today, April 6th is National Tartan Day, a day for Scottish Americans to celebrate their history and contributions to the USA. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was modeled after the Declaration of Arbroath?  The Declaration of Arbroath, the declaration of Scottish independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 after Scottish barons and earls sent a letter to Pope John XXII to assert Scotland's status as an independent state.  According to Scotland's National Records, the letter, or declaration, also asked the pontiff to recognize Robert the Bruce as the country's lawful king.

In 1998 the US Senate passed a resolution declaring today National Tartan Day, "whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this nation, such as the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, the governors in nine of the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped shape this country in its formative years and guide this nation through its most troubled times."

From my personal transferware collection, I thought I'd share a few images of my Tartan transferware plates and favorite interiors decked out in Tartan or plaid.  The plate in the two photos below is entitled "Caledonian": the Latin name given by the Romans to land in Scotland.  Today the name is mostly used as an historical description of Northern Britain or a poetic or romantic name for Scotland.  It was made circa 1836-42 by Ridgway, Morley, Wear & Co.  The green is enameled over the brown transfer printed plaid pattern.  I have them in purple as well and they're some of my favorite pieces as they have a little sentimental meaning to me as well because I've got both Scottish and English heritage.  

   This one is on the office mantle (notice the plaid wallpaper and puppy painting with the bagpipes and Tartan shawl, and a few books from my collection of Clan history books).

The same patterned plate, along with some other transferware pieces, is in the family room.  

Each Scottish Clan has their own Tartan.

My family (Robinson) are part of the Gunn Clann

Shawn also has Scottish heritage and his family (Clements) are part of the Lamont Clann, so our kiddos have Scottish on both sides.

Tartan is actually a pattern of interlocking stripes running both horizontal and vertical and is mistakenly known as plaid.   Plaid, according to the Scottish Tartans Museum,  comes from the Gaelic word for blanket and is specifically used in the context of Highland dress to refer to a long length of material.  Originally the kilt was known as the belted plaid which consisted of basically a large blanket that was gathered and belted at the waist.  Plaids were most often made from a tartan cloth, so the confusion between the two is understandable.  In fact, I'm sometimes still a little confused.  haha

Tartan designs originally had no symbolic meaning and cloths made of the patterns can be dated to about 3000 BC.    Where there was woven cloth, Tartan patterns were created and yet it is only Scotland that cultural significance is associated with them.  Tartan became so extremely popular in Scottish Highland culture that by the 17th century it was characteristic of Highland dress.  It was so identifiable with the Highland Gael that in 1746 the British government forbade the wearing of Tartan in the Highlands; an attempt to suppress the rebellious Scottish culture.

Have a piece of cake,

pull up a seat 

and enjoy all of these wonderful Tartan and Plaid interior images from my Pinterest board Insanely Mad About Plaid.

Am I driving you plaid yet?

Happy National Tartan Day!

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