Many coffee cans are marked with Cook & Serve, a brand which was introduced in 1963 when a heat resistant clay body was first developed. The first Cook & Serve coffee cans were Blue Tango, Allegro, Image, and Mogambo - used in a Gregg's Instant Coffee advertisement. At first they were hand painted; later transfers were used.
I remember the Gregg's coffee advertisement, it seemed so very sophisticated and romantic when I was a young(ish!) girl.
Below is Blue Tango, an entry by Emilie Beuth in the Crown Lynn design competition. The pattern was later used on all the Government-owned Tourist Hotel Corporation china. It first appeared in the Chateau Tongariro in mid-1966. Blue was used in the North Island, burgundy in the South Island.
Unusual coffee can patterns include Allegro - also hand painted,
Mexico - hand painted
This is Napoli, a very close imitation of a Swedish Norstrand pattern - of which more next time.
Alongside the Cook & Serve coffee cans, Crown Lynn made stylish coffee pots, also branded Cook & Serve. This example is Blue Tango.
And lastly, here is a very oddly decorated coffee pot - goodness knows whose experiment it was... it would look so very much better in plain white.
I guess experiments weren't always successful - and anyway it's all a matter of personal taste, isn't it?
NOTE - since I wrote this, Ev from NZ Pottery has pointed out that this pattern does have a name - Sunburst. So I herewith wash my mouth out with soap.... don't be so disparaging Valerie!
Next time I will talk about the crossover between Crown Lynn patterns and those from overseas manufacturers... there is a Cook & Serve pattern which is a direct replica of the Swedish Nortstrand product. And another in the popular Fleurette, a copy of Belle Fiore.
Take care till then... and remember it's only a boat race!