Monday, March 11, 2013

Another new backstamp!

Just after my book went to print I bought this interesting duo on TradeMe - with a Tudor British backstamp I had never seen before. In the intro of my book I said there were no doubt more backstamps than I had listed - just as well!
This is a1950s - early 1960s cup and saucer, with this backstamp, beautifully applied in gold.
On the other side of the cup and saucer there is this interesting image - victims of our huntsman. Poor little things. I think this is what they mean in those old historical novels when they talk about our hero coming back from his shoot with a brace of partridge.
The only other Tudor backstamp I have come across is on this 1950s desert plate which I bought at great expense from a dealer because it is not a common mark. The rose is a hand-applied transfer, the pink is sprayed-on glaze, and the gold rim is also applied by hand.
My other recent TradeMe extravagance was this Wildlife British plate. This too is a very unusual backstamp - I had to go to the museum to photograph one for my book. I have only ever seen this mark on cake plates decorated with this transfer of Canada geese - please can you let me know if you have seen it on anything else. 
 Once again I love this backstamp, just look at the two flying ducks above the word Wildlife.
On TradeMe this plate came with a mug, also decorated with the Canada Geese. It is unmarked, which is unusual for Crown Lynn mugs; they usually had 'Made in New Zealand' moulded into the base. It is a Crown Lynn shape, and it may be Crown Lynn, but then again it may have been  manufactured overseas, and decorated with the same transfer as the plate. The transfers were probably not exclusive to Crown Lynn.
Last, I have to share this little demitasse I found for $5 in our charity shop up the road. It's backstamp is Jubilee British.  These little cups and saucers are pretty much totally useless, so many of them have survived in the back of Nana's cupboard or the china cabinet.  This one is a particularly lovely shade of eggshell blue so into my china cabinet it goes!

I think that next week I will write about plastic kitchen storage jars... no they're not Crown Lynn, but they are New Zealand made. Watch this space! Meanwhile it's time to get back to bottling peaches; our trees have had a bumper crop this summer. YUM.
Take care


  1. I love your little blue Demitasse C&S. I picked up a stunning pair of these at a local Garage Sale for $1, boy was I happy with that!

  2. Well done Simon. It is great that you can still find the occasional treasure at a bargain price. I BROKE one of mine the other day - not this one. I can't believe I let it slip through my fingers!

  3. Hi Valerie, My mum and I are keen Crown Lynn collectors and have just stumbled upon a British Wildlife Jugg with the same geese as your plate and the same backstamp as the above. We found it at our local Op-shop in Greymouth and paid $5 for it. We would love to send you some pictures if you are interested?
    Kind regards

    1. Hi Bryony, this is a very unusual backstamp, but I have seen quite a bit of it through the years so no need to send me a pic thanks. Congratulations on noticing that the jug was CL, a lot of people don't realise. A while ago there was a whole dinner set of this pattern (minus one desert plate) in one of our Whangarei op shops. Someone swooped it up - I am downsizing my collection so I wasn't in the market!

  4. It was only because I have both of your fabulous books that we were able to reconise it. So thanks heaps for your dedication and love of Crown Lynn :)

  5. Thank you Bryony. I am always happy to 'meet' another enthusiastic Crown Lynn collector. It is such an important part of our history. xx