Hamilton pattern, with pattern number S3379, was first introduced in 1964. The pattern was produced on April shape which was developed from two other shapes: the two-tone Gerrard shape flatware and Tean shape hollow ware. The two-tone earthenware comprised English Lavender, a blue body, contrasted with an ivory body.
The pattern is printed in black and coloured underglaze in blue and purple.
Teasets in this pattern were promoted as premium gifts by the UK manufacturer of the washing-up liquid called Ola. The pattern has registered number 915427 which registered the design with the British Patent Office on 3rd March 1964. It is registered as a design for Colgate-Palmolive.
Pattern S3379 was discontinued in the early 1970s.
English Lavender has an entry on the E page.
It should be noted that there was another pattern called Hamilton in the 1920s which is a different pattern from this later version.
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The Hunt pattern was first introduced in about 1930. It was sometimes known as Herring Hunt. Produced as dinner services and tea services, it depicted different scenes on different items. Larger items of flatware had twelve different scenes while other items in a smaller size had six. The pattern was produced in several versions on both bone china and earthenware.
|10 inch plate, earthenware, depicting the scene 'Full Cry' 1949|
|The Hunt 'Full Cry' backstamp detail|
Many of the scenes were derived from drawings and paintings by J. F. Herring (1795-1865). He painted inn signs and coach panels and also undertook commissions to paint horses for titled owners. In about 1830 he was in debt and W. T. Copeland, working for and soon to become owner of the Spode company, took up the bills and offered the artist a house on his estate in Essex. A keen racing man Copeland commissioned Herring to paint his own racehorses, pictures of fox hunting and scenes of rural life incorporating horses. It is from these paintings that most of the scenes for The Hunt are derived; although some were derived from the work of other sporting artists.
|Catalogue page with a marketing version of the Herring-Copeland connection 1938|
There are several versions of The Hunt with different pattern numbers. The most usual numbers for The Hunt patterns on earthenware are 2/9265 (green band) and 2/9344 (crimson band). The decoration was transfer printed and then handcoloured. The design was intended to be reminiscent of handcoloured sporting prints. In 1947 the number of the varied centres for the design was reduced. The crimson band was discontinued between 1961 and 1973. The pattern was discontinued completely in the mid-1990s. A combination of technical issues in manufacture, particularly with the red, combined with anti-hunt politics in the UK perhaps led to this discontinuation. However in Spring 2005 the company launched a small range in the pattern including 6 scenes on 10 inch plates, a sandwich tray, a coaster, 2 sizes of Liverpool Jug, a small round lidded box and a square bowl.
Pattern number Y7607 was introduced in 1955 on bone china on Gadroon shape but using a flat rim 10 inch plate but other regular items in the shape range. Dinner, tea and coffee ware was produced and the design had gilded rim. Twelve different scenes were used for the 7, 8 and 9 inch plates, six scenes for the cups, saucers, smaller plates etc and one only per meat dish or platter.
The flat rim 10 inch plates were also offered with different coloured rims as place, or service, plates or as decorative plaques. These were as follows:
Pattern number Y1839 with powder blue rim of 1929
Pattern number Y2653 with powder crimson rim of 1931
Pattern number Y4631 with apple green rim of 1936
Also produced on bone china was pattern number Y8070 introduced in 1963 and one of the most popular versions of the pattern. This took over from the version on Gadroon shape when that shape was withdrawn from china production. In 1991 a set of china plates in the coupe shape was produced.
A special mark was used as a backstamp from 1931 to about 1970 which often incorporated the name of the hunting scene on the piece. other marks could be included too. For example on this second example an impressed datemark, an impressed company mark, a printed company mark and the tile of the scene depicted.
|Backstamps for a piece with the scene 'Off to the Draw' 1932|
Full details about this pattern can be found in Robert Copeland's 'Spode & Copeland Marks & Other Relevant Intelligence' - details on my booklist. This also details the scenes used on different shapes until 1981.
In 1938 the company produced a small book for marketing and sales purposes which tells the story of J. F. Herring and his connection with the Copeland family who owned Spode from 1833 to the mid-1960s.
|Book 'The Hunt' from Spode 1938|
Hürten, Charles Ferdinand
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Pair of monumental 'Forty Thieves' vases painted by Hürten in his spectacular style.
The foot of each vase and a deep band inside the rim are gilded.
|Detail from Hürten's 'Forty Thieves' vase and his signature|