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 variations most likely were as a result of the whim of the person applying the transfer print sections on a vessel.  Like “I think this palm would look nice here, and this egret would look good here and this cartouche would work well over here” type thing. But there are other patterns that appear to have completely different design variations for each type of piece.  Take for example Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway’s “Yeddo” pattern.  This pattern dates to April 17, 1878, Registration No. 320568-9.  The “diamond mark” for this pattern is shown below.  The diamond shaped mark was used in England from 1842 to 1883; then in 1884 a number system was used.  These marks were registered in the British Patent office.  The different letters and numbers within the mark were codes for the month, year, date and material type.

R.S.R. Yeddo Diamond Shaped Registration Mark

R.S.R. Yeddo Diamond Shaped Registration Mark

Shown below are seven different types of pieces in this Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway “Yeddo” pattern.  They all have similar banding and borders as well as Oriental themes.  But each piece has a different primary design.

Grouping of Seven Different R.S.R. Yeddo Pattern Pieces

Grouping of Seven Different R.S.R. Yeddo Pattern Pieces

The large pitcher has two men and a bird set amongst gardens and temples.

Design on Large Pitcher

Design on Large Pitcher

The plate has a young boy playing with two birds near a pagoda type structure.

Design on Small Plate

Design on Small Plate

The sugar bowl has a young man catching a fish.

Design on Sugar Bowl

Design on Sugar Bowl

The creamer has two men with a bow and arrows.

Design on Creamer

Design on Creamer

The shallow bowl appears to show two youths flying kites.  A bird shaped kite is in the air and a fish shaped kite is laying on the ground.

Design on Small Shallow Bowl

Design on Small Shallow Bowl

The saucer shows two children with a duck.

Design on Saucer

Design on Saucer

And the cup depicts two men harvesting mushrooms.

Design on Cup

Design on Cup

I don’t know how many individual shapes were made in this “Yeddo” pattern.  Based on the representative sampling shown here, I’m thinking that it is most likely that each different shape had its own unique design.  Quite an industrious undertaking by Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway! The artist (or artists) who created these designs is unknown to me.  I have not been successful (so far) in locating a source to find this information within British databases.  If anyone reading this has any helpful information they’d like to share, please feel free to comment!

UPDATE:  A reader provided me with the following images:

Dudson RSR Teapot

He said:  “Please find attached photos of Dudson/RSR teapot. Note the typical Dudson franctional number on the base.  I also attach a photo of an eight inch Dudson cache pot with what I think is another “Yeddo” pattern; the cartouche shape is identical to several Yeddo patterns I have seen.  This one for some reason is marked Denmark.”

Ridgway Sparks Ridgway Mark

Ridgway Sparks & Ridgway and Dudson Marks

Until I received this information, I had not realized that Dudson “Ebony” Jetware was made in the Yeddo pattern.

Cache Pot

Cache Pot

Beautiful…

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

  1. KerryCan says:

    No helpful info from me but I love looking at these! So did the company have a different design for every dish in a place setting and every serving piece? Wow! Knowing your research skills, I’ll expect to hear more about these at some point! 😉

  2. Tony Curnock says:

    The “Yeddo” pattern appears in polychrome,on jetware teapots made by Dudson for Ridgway Sparks and Ridgway. I will be happy to send you photographs if you are interested and let me have your email address.
    Regards
    Tony Curnock

  3. queenofsienna says:

    Reblogged this on Transferware.

  4. patsy brachais says:

    I received a bowl when my mother-in-law passed away. I had never seen the mark or the pattern before. The mark on the bottom, both of the lid (with handles) and bowl is the same diamond pattern I see on this site with the same number except the bowl has two marks on the bottom. The second and smaller diamond mark has an 11 on the left instead of a 14 and the letter P instead of like the other mark which has a D on the right side. Also the second mark has a R instead of a H at the very bottom diamond. Confusing? I’m sorry but you have a novice here. There is also a hand written number, 7530 with a small 4 above and between the 7 and 5.
    There is some crazing throughout with discoloration inside the bowl though not as much as I usually see in a bowl that has been used. There is a small chip on the top of the lid leading to a crack that is on top of lid and inside but not broken through .There are several flea bites on the piece. This is the pattern of the fishing man, inside the bowl, but around the bowl and lid are a man pulling an Ox, baskets and leaves. Pattern repeated around both pieces.There are three pontil marks on the inside of the bowl.
    Now, can you tell me anymore than I’ve already read on this site? Maybe ballpark age, rarity and value? I would really appreciate the information, though not generally a collector this piece has caught my attention. Thank you very much,
    plbrachais@aol.com

    • queenofsienna says:

      Hi, maybe you could send me some photos (marks and overall) at queenofsienna@gmail.com? As I said in my post, this pattern dates to April 17, 1878. That secondary mark could be for the vessel shape. Thanks!

      • Tony Curnock says:

        Hi As you know the earlier kite mark is 17 April 1878 (parcel 14) , RSR registering “Printed designs” presumably YEDDO. The kite mark on Patsy Brachais’s bowl is for the 17 August 1877 (parcel 11) and refers to the registration by RSR of Dinner Ware Shapes. The fractional number 4/7530 suggests a Dudson Ltd origin for the bowl. It is thought that Dudson Ltd made items for RSR at this time. I too would love to see photos of this bowl. I have not yet seen a Dudson item with this particular number on it. The one Dudson handled bowl that I have has the wildflower pattern on it and a fractional number 4/4354. No one has yet deciphered what these numbers mean,although most but not all are the same on each pattern regardless of shape. Different numbers do however turn up on items bearing the same pattern! Regards Tony CURNOCK

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