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.