Monthly Archives: April 2014

Transferware Design Variations: Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway’s “Yeddo”

Just as there were often variations of a particular design on sterling and silverplate flatware in America during the 19th Century, in England during that same time period there were also variations of certain transferware patterns on pottery.  Some of these … Continue reading

Posted in Dudson Ebony Jetware, English transferware, R.S.R., Ridgway Sparks & Ridgway, Staffordshire, Transfer print, Yeddo | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Sunkist and the Orange Blossom Special

Just from looking at the designs on the handles of these three fruit spoons, you would think they were all manufactured by the same company: The pattern in the center appears to feature all oranges while the other two incorporate … Continue reading

Posted in California Fruit Growers Exchange, fruit spoon, Gustave Strohhaker, O. C., Oneida Community, Orange Blossom design, orange spoon, silverplate, Sunkist, William Rogers & Son, Wm. Rogers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Variations on a Theme

There are several mid 19th century flatware designs that are somewhat similar.  For ease of comparison, I’ve put four of these designs next to each other as shown below: The first design on the left is the 1846 pattern of Michael Gibney, Patent No. … Continue reading

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Reed & Barton Advertisements 1875-1900

Trying to find information on certain patterns, I ended up with a collection of interesting Reed & Barton ads from a variety of publications.  The periodicals themselves were very interesting as well…like the 1882 Phrenological Journal … you know what phrenology … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, phrenology, Reed & Barton, silverplate, silverplate manufacturers, Taunton Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments