Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vintage Black Transferware Platters and Plates

 I scored some vintage black transferware dishes today at an outdoor antique show.


Our 14 year old son is my garage sale buddy and really looks forward to our early Saturday mornings this time of year. He is difficult to get out of bed on school days but on Saturdays he is up at the crack of dawn with the garage sale listings he clipped from the newspaper on Friday. We found some great items this week, including an almost new Scrabble game for $1. I will share the other finds later. 

By 9:30 we were finished at yard sales so I dropped him off at home. I then headed about 45 minutes west towards Guelph, Ontario to the Aberfoyle Antique Market for their Saturday Spring Special Antique Show (it is usually just on Sundays.) There is so much to see, some good deals and lots of expensive items. 


Today I noticed a black transferware platter with a farm scene that I really liked. When I asked the vendor the price, he said he was only selling all of the pieces in a lot and for $20. I have seen lots of platters for that price so it was a good deal for the lot. The china came with a large platter, a medium platter, 4 side plates and 6 dinner plates (but I only saved these three because the others were badly chipped and cracked), a newer plate and a bowl. The side plates have lambs laying in a field and the dinner plate has cows and a barn (or maybe it is a home.)


The medium platter is 11.5" x 15" and has a scene of men and women loading a hay wagon. The condition is great.


This is the largest platter, 13.5" x 17", and it shows some discolouring and age. Love the cows and mill with a water wheel scene though. These dishes will be just for display as I don't like serving food on pieces with age or crazing.


This newer plate has a Spode Copeland stamp, as does the bowl. The platters and plates do not have a stamp but have a Copeland impression. I'm not sure how old they are but I love that the transferware pattern has agricultural scenes.


For now I am displaying them in the white pine jam cupboard in our dining room. Normally the door is closed and the view is through the wire on the door.


I'll try to get some full photos of the cabinet once I finish arranging things and in better lighting. And I need to take tons more photos of the other things I found today. Thanks so much for all the kind comments on my blog being featured in the Site Seeing section of Romantic Homes Magazine (that post here.) Hoping you have a great weekend and I would love to hear if you found any great deals this weekend.

I'm sharing this at....
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond The Picket Fence
Country Whites Weekend at The Country Farm Home and Old Time Farmhouse

18 comments:

  1. These dishes are a wonderful find Elizabeth. I love the sweet rural patterns and the embossing on the outer rims. The Scrabble words are perfect for them too. They look sweet in this little cabinet. Have a great Mother's Day! Hugs, Pam

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  2. Sounds like you had a good day of thrify bargains. Those are gorgeous dishes and look wonderful against the blue of thejam cupboard.

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  3. No great deals for me but I love the dishes you found. The farm animals are so cute, especially the sheep. So sweet that your son goes with you!

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  4. I love those dishes! I think you got an awesome buy! How great to have that special time with your son!

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Judy

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  5. Love the new transferware. I don't think I have ever seen it in black and white. The farm scenes are perfect. Funny how kids can get up when it's something they want to do.

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  6. love the pattern and the colour! i used to live in guelph, i LOVE that town. your post made me a little home sick, but in the best possible way.
    keya

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  7. Beautifully arranged against the lovely blue painted shelves. What a buy! mary

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  8. LOVE these - what a great find!
    Happy Mother's day:)
    XOX

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  9. I have never seen that pattern before. Like those farm scenes. I went to an auction yesterday and scored a few goodies.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  10. It's been awhile since I was at a sale!! Must start back ....Love your transferware!!

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  11. Love your new black and white platters! I bet those are hard to find. I love how you used the scrabble letters to spell out words too. Very cute!

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  12. Great finds! You scored at Aberfoyle. I haven't been there in years. I'll have to add that to my list of summer "to-dos."

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  13. Those plates are wonderful, Elizabeth! What a great score. I've recently started being more consistent with hitting the garage sales. I'm hoping to find stuff for my booth, but it would be great to come across some pretty dishes for myself!

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  14. Love the farm scenes on the plates...and love the scrabble letters spelling out your farmhouse words too.
    ~Cindy

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  15. I want them! I've only seen one bowl around here with the black. I bought it, of course! lol Thanks so much for sharing at Country Whites Weekend! You helped make it a great party! Hope to see you again next month!
    Hugs from the Farmhouse,
    Dru

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  16. I'm back to thank you for sharing at Country Whites Weekend.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  17. Hi there!

    You found quite a bargain and a part of a very special set. You already know it's by Copeland (Spode) but might be interested to know more about the artist. His name was Edward Duncan. The Copeland family hired him to do the artwork and then hadan extensive dinnerware set produced from engravings of those scenes. The Copeland family retained a set of this in brwon (black is even harder to find!) as their personal dinner service. I have helped a little with providing information about the pattern to archeologists on a dig site where shards of this pattern were found on an historic estate in New York. The pieces with the impressed mark date to the 1860-80's range. Here is a link to one of the posts I wrote about this pattern in particular. I thought you might enjoy it. They are beautiful and collectively worth much, much more than $20. I love, love, love running across a steal like that though. It doesn't happen too often! I sell the sheep plate alone for $40-50 depending on the condition.

    http://nancysdailydish.blogspot.com/2010/12/spode-copeland-duncan-rural-scenes.html

    Your display is beautiful and I can't say enough about loving the pattern. I have several pieces in my own collection of transfer ware.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Nancy
    Nancy's Daily Dish

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