Prattware Pottery

F.& R. Pratt - masters of multi coloured transfer printing on pottery from 1847

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Neil butler commented on Paste Jar
How much would this ceramic pot cost, if you could find one
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Pratt4ever
-Marnie the photo of the jug that you has was produced by the pottery firm of Mayers and the shell design is what is known as the 52b shell decoration. Mayers produced many items with this decoration and their items come under the Prattware umbrella as under glaze multi coloured wares. If you wish to view not only jugs in the search box Putin shells and that will take you to numerous shell wares, the shell jugs that they produced were produced in many differing colour combinations and the jugs decoration with much gold highlights are the more sought after in the jugs. Hope this is of help to your enquires regards David
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Pratt4ever
marnie if you send me a photo of your jug I more than likely will be able to identify it there were many different potters that produced items with shell decorations. Send your photo to my email address , [email protected] Thanks David Henderson
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marnie
Hi, I have a jug with seashell pattern very similar to ones on this sight but there is no makers mark just a painted number 161 and an impressed mark 72 with an unreadable number above. The jugs like it here have different makers, how can I tell who made mine? Thank you
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Pratt4ever commented on Twin Handle Comport
Barry I don’t completely know this handle could you send me a photo of this comport to :- [email protected] as I should be able to assist yo after seeing your photo.
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Barry Helps commented on Twin Handle Comport
I have a twin handled comport is known as " The Blind Fiddler " as shown however the handles are truncated. Is there some way of ascertaining its value?
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Pratt4ever
Teang Could you send me photos of your pieces to my email address :- [email protected] This would give me an idea of the pieces you are inquiring about..Regards David
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Teang
I found some Prattware on a pretty I bought. Took a long search to figure it out that it was from Fenton and Pratt. It's the old Greek design. Could you tell me the collections worth and if it's worth selling. Thanks
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Pratt4ever
Susan please send me some photos of your two items to my Email address and I maybe able to give you further information about them. [email protected]
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Susan
Hi. I have a pratt ware Old Greek coffee pot with lid and stand, with 2 scenes of Ulysses on the pot and Andromache fainting on the stand. It's not a big one, the pot is about 7 inches high and the stand about 6 inches diameter. They have the discobolus mark but no name. I can send photos. They have been used and the interior is stained. They belonged to my grandmother. I assume they date from the very early C20th. Are they worth trying to sell?
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Pratt4ever
Rohan if you contact me on my email address I have some photos I can also send to you whilst answering your questions sorry for the later delay in contacting you back .Regards David [email protected]
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Rohan
Hi David. Just wanting to know about the old Greek revival series what year did they come out ? Also were they bigger pieces in the range. Like bigger urns , vases , bowls ? Also you mentioned they made vast amounts of them. But you don't see many of the bigger urns. Bowls jardenies available. On the market Also. There's not many items with the triangle markings on them. Why is that as I think it finishes them off better ? Lastly is there any books about with the full range of pieces they made in old greek . Regards Rohan
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Pratt4ever
Sandra yes this one has the mark written, there are a few different marks on the Old Greek some have no mark some have the discus thrower and there is also a Punic soldier and also there is some pieces that have the retailers mark ( name usually ) and in respect to value it is more depending on condition but even in excellent condition they do not attract a high value as there was a enormous amount of this Pratt’s Old Greek over many years. If you send a photo of your item to my email address being :- [email protected] I may be able to help further. Regards David
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Sandra commented on Jug
Is there an identifying mark on bottom What is the estimated value
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Pratt4ever
Yes please send me some photo that you have and about the finding, send to my email address :[email protected]
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m.pye
Hi David, I have some pottery sherds of what looks like Prattware winged griffin design terracotta,possibly the water monkey. The design is crudely handpainted and is not a transfer. Can I send you some photos? Many thanks Marilyn.
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Pratt4ever commented on Vase
Hi Kheemonahs I have only just found your message to me sorry about that if you wis you can send photos of your items to my email address and I will try to give you a value of there worth. My address is [email protected]
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Pratt4ever
Hi Liz the two jars you mention are “ The Dragoon Charge “ and I suspect the other will be “ Meet of the Foxhounds “ . As with all these Pratt items condition is the most important thing and the colours in the pictures have to look clear and crisp. If you would like to send me photos of each I can more than likely give you an indication of there worth. My email address is [email protected] Thanks David Henderson
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Liz
Hi I have two Prattware paste pots. One is the Dragoon Charge at Balaklava the other looks like a hunt meet. Would be interested to know their age & value. Liz
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Kheemonahs commented on Vase
Hi, I have just joined thecollectingbug.com because I want to sell some Prattware/Terracotta Ware that I have accumulated over the years without really taking into account it's value at the time. I have the exact piece listed here and would like to know it's value and if anyone would like to purchase it. Please excuse me if I have got the wrong place to ask these questions. Tony.
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Pratt4ever
Jack Thanks for your message, that shape I have displayed a few times such as the Winged Griffin, Turkish Smokers, smiling faces, flower, Mixed & Chain Link. If you send me a photo of your jug I am sure I will be able to identify it , there were other potters that copied some of the Pratt shapes , but I can identify these, send a photo to my email address at [email protected] Regards David
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Jack commented on Jug
Hallo. I have what I think is a Prattware Terracotta Jug which in shape and edge decoration exactly matches Object ID: YER.cl.021. It has a small single mark on the base which looks like a 'T'. However, it does not have the 'Chain Link' decoration. How can I verify this is indeed a Prattware Jug? Thank you.
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Pratt4ever
If you can send me a photo of the front and the back with the signature to my email at [email protected] I maybe able to help you and if not I can direct you to another collector expert. David Henderson
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Tim Battle
I have a prattware pot lid of preparing for the ride which appears to have a signature on the underside. Where can I get advice about this please?
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Pratt4ever commented on Lidded Jug
Yes Mick this is the same design and seems to be the most common sea shell picture that was used.
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Mick commented on Lidded Jug
Dear David, This is the identical to the jug that I have purchased, sans lid, which you identified for me. Regards, Mick.
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Pratt4ever
Rohan you are correct in regards to the Royal Warrant from 1851 ( granted by Prince Albert after the Great Exhibition 1851 ) the Warrant could not be used after the death of the Prince December 1862. No marking used until some time in the 1870s plus? Then there were a mix of marking and I believe it went in this sort of order OLD GREEK, later on Pratts Old Greek, ? After 1892 ( Macinlay Tarrif Act USA ) all imported goods had to have marking of origin, most potters used the town of production instead of country the Pratts used , PRATT FENTON OLD GREEK ,some of their other marking were only OLD GREEK FENTON, also during this time there were the RITCHIE& CO PRATT FENTON some only the Ritchie logo. Sometime later the discus thrower trade mark appeared ( Maws pharmaceutical company) . This mark was done as a deal for Maws to have the rights to distribute to many countries through chemist shops. Later on a few items also had OLD GREEK FENTON WARE and in a triangle S MAW& SONS Ltd LONDON ENGLAND . The Pratt factory also introduced the Punic soldier picture and PRATTS GREEK ENGLAND. That is an overview of the Pratt factory Greek items but further to this the old Greek designs were also used on terracotta body and also on white body green and dark red, most of the green and red items have been found in the USA & Canada. If you need further info contact me on my email address as I have more information that I can give .
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Ross commented on Tobacco Jar
Hi there , I just received one of these tobacco jars which has been passed down through the family . Would you know the approximate value of this item? Thank you Regards Ross
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robandalf
congratulations on producing a wonderful site .. interesting, informative and easy to use. what more is there to say except wish there were more like it
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Rohan
Hey I am collecting old greek pieces and I wonder if you can clarify to me the years of different markings on the bases as I am trying to work out which pieces are older than others, so I think the royal warrant stamp in the 1850s are the oldest then I think theres a period where there was no marks on them was up to 1870s then I get confused with what follows ,is it oldgreek pratt fenton 1880s, then pratt fenton old greek 1880s then discus thrower up to 1916? ,Then fenton old greek England then another man marking on it ,then theres Riches and co and SMaws and sons? I wonder if you can explain that more . thanks
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Pratt4ever
Dee sorry for the late reply, there are two different Winged Griffin decorations one being a sitting version and the other one being a standing version with long front legs. The candle stick with the a gold band on the top and base are also displayed on my site if you go to search TER.wg.077 and also LIT.002 there are some examples shown at these items. The French base mark was used on some Terracotta wares that were produced for the French market and were distributed through this firm, you can find information on this firm also on my site so if you also search the name of the distributor you can view the info of this mark. Hope this is of help to you and if you want further information you can contact me on my email address. [email protected] Thanks.
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Dee
I have a pair of what I think are Winged Griffin 7" candlesticks. They have been in the family for generations! The design on them is slightly different to the ones shown as mine have gold on the outside of the top and bottom edges. They only have English Terra Cotta Depot 17 Rue Drout and then what looks like a monogram of a backwards capitol E joined and a capitol B . We are downsizing and need to get rid of 'Stuff' ! There are 3 small chips on the underneath of 1 of the candlesticks, which you can not see from the outside ,but otherwise they are in very good condition. Do you know if a collector would be interested or are they quite common? Please can you help me to find out more about them ?
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Pratt4ever
Kerry if you could send me a photograph of your lamp to my email address [email protected] I will attempt to identify it for you. David
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Kerry
I have a lamp base that I think could be from this manufacturer, it is a bright floral design with a matt black background. It is perfectly wired and has in the past been carefully restored by a pottery specialist, does anyone feel able to verify it for me? Many thanks
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Pratt4ever
Yes much of the Pratt items did come into Australia some by people bringing their possessions from England but also the Pratt’s used the firm of Maws pharmaceutical suppliers to distribute wares through chemist stores throughout Australia. If you wish to contact me on my email address at [email protected] I can send you some photos to you as the registration date you have given me was not for the Winged Griffin decoration but a similar “offerings “ two examples can be seen on my site in Terracotta and then Offerings I also have the registration certificate by the Pratt company which I can email you a copy of. Regards David Henderson
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Denis
Hi, I'm an Australian archaeologist. I've been shown a piece of Winged Griffin pottery. Its from a globular form - possibly a water monkey. It was found near Cairns. I've asked many colleagues whether they've come across any other examples in their work and its unknown to them. I was hoping you could tell me whether the Winged Griffin design ever circulated in Australia - do you find examples here that were imported in the 19th or early 20th centuries? I've seen a picture of a piece with a registration diamond [Dec 1867] on the base. Do any of your Griffin pieces have similar [or different] dating? Any information would be greatly appreciated. regards, Denis
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Nicole Miles-Lewis
Hi! i have a huge collection of Prattware, pot lids and other pottery items available in my current auction which closes Monday 12pm AEST. www.brisbaneauctiongalleries.hibid.com
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Bill Hayward
I have a few pot lids left - please see my items listed under ebay no 252748674281
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Pratt4ever
Send the photos to my email address and I will view them for you. My email is [email protected]
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Rena Kassel
I have a collection of pot lids left by my father-in-law. I have them packed away safely (since 2001) and now it is time for me to try to sell them. Down-sizing to bare bones for the next phase of my life. As I know little to nothing about the market for pot lids or the pricing of each individual, I would ask, please, for your help/guidance. I can supply photos of each one. I will start taking pictures this weekend.
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Pratt4ever
If you send me a photo of the plates I can more than likely be able to help you, send them to my email address :- [email protected] Thanks David
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Kathleen Droemer
Hi I have some numbered plates which are Coalport plates gold and white rimmed with a bird on top and some wording below the bird as if it is some kind of family crest. I would love to send you a picture just so may be I could learn more about them and their value. Thank you for any help, Kathy
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Bill Hayward commented on Twin Handled Comport
I have a few plates left by my mother that no-one in the family wants so I need to sell them. They all look lovely but are they valuable? They all have a gold base colour and are - A twin handled comport The Truant, A low comport - Mountains and Stream, 3 plates -also in gold -Lend a Bite, Landscape & Stream and The Anglers. All are very good/mint condition. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Pratt4ever commented on Cup & Saucer
The cup & saucer is not for sale, thanks for your inquiry.
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Kathleen Hickey commented on Cup & Saucer
Please tell me the cost of this cup and saucer
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Pratt4ever commented on Cup & Saucer
This was bought together after 140 + years the mixing could be possible, I feel the saucer is at least the correct large enough to suit the size of the fairly large saucer. I have not seen any 123 border without the white dots. Could you send me an example so I can display it.
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Pratt4ever
My email address is :- [email protected] so if you send photos to me I will then contact you. David
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Pratt4ever
Paul you need to send me a photo of the plates front as I have seen at least 5 different colour combinations all the same print but all look different.
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Paul D Parker
I have just found a f&r Pratt plate with HRH prince Albert on the back and plate number 68 dont no what to do with it
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Pratt4ever commented on Jug
Paul I would love to see a photo of the jug you have mentioned, I have in my collection a paper copy of the patent that was taken out by the Pratt factory on the 06 September 1866 and the patent only displays the actual shape of the jug with the cartouche shown and with no decoration displayed, no doubt this was done so the Pratt's could place different decorations upon these shaped jugs.
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Paul Rosenberg, Moorabool Antiques commented on Jug
Hi - Paul from Geelong - I have aother of these at the moment, a different print - another depiction of a Victorian marble, could be the same sculptor, similar subject. Very happy to provide pics... best wishes, Paul Rosenberg
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Pratt4ever
Evie I do not think I have not seen the large centrepiece dish you have mentioned, I would be very interested in seeing a photo of it , I am away on holidays at the moment but if you send info to my email address I check it daily when I am in service . My email address is :- [email protected]
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Evie commented on Dessert Plate
I have 4 perfect dark blue gilded plates ,two serving dishes and the large centrepiece dish all PERFECT with gastineau scenes of Llangollen
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Pratt4ever commented on Wall Plaque
The Pratt's were producing plaques in the plain terracotta with the Royal Warrant on them, when Prince Albert Died in 1861 the plaques that were in stock were then revamped and had gilding and a black background added. these were then sold as morning plaques.
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sowerby commented on Wall Plaque
Dear Carol I have no idea what the value of the Prat Queen Victoria plaque would be at to-days value but a bit less than it would have been say 10 years ago' I have been collecting Victoria commemoratives for about 25 years+, if I sold them all off to-day I would be lucky to get a 10th of what I paid for them just look at the results on eBay. But things do come back into fashion after a while. I think the terracotta Jubilee Plaque looks better without any decoration, but that is my personal opinion. With Regards. John Morris ago'
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Carol Pell commented on Wall Plaque
I have one of these plaques. It is exactly the same, looks like there has been gold Gilding at some point around the edge. How can I find out how much it's worth ? Any ideas
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boboze
Hello. I have two plates similar to the ones you have in your banner. No marks on back, but I had an appraiser date them from 1850-1860. Here's what she said: " These are by F. & R. Pratt & Co., Fenton Potteries, Staffordshire, one entailed "City Scene, Waterfall, Women" on their standard "123" pattern border with a scarlet red rim. It dates from the mid to late 19th century. It features a city scene, with neoclassical buildings, with a waterfall. " I don't see the plates in your collection of photos, so I'd be happy to share by way of email. I am [email protected] Best.
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tish69 commented on Cup & Saucer
How do I find prices for this item
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Monique
I am an archaeologist and we have excavated a few prattware artefacts from The Rocks. We wish to use on jar in an exhibition on Colonial Military in The Rocks. This jar has the 'Charge of the Scotts Greys' printed on it. I'm trying to find out as much as I can about this jar in particular and more generally, how many Crimean War pratt jars were made and when? I've noticed at date of 1854 on an ebay sale, but I don't trust that as a reliable source of information! Please email me if you have any information or can point me in the right direction [email protected] Thanks
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Pratt4ever
John I would love to see a photo of your plaque as there are a couple of slightly different plaques the one I have here is believed to of had the gilding placed due the death of her husband and some did not have the serrated edge on , my email address is [email protected]
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John Morris commented on Wall Plaque
I have a copy of this plaque. my copy is not Colored or Gilded but plain terracotta. I had no idea that it was a rare item.
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Pratt4ever commented on Plate
Thank you Len Kling for the assistance to indentiify the producer of this plate.
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Len Kling commented on Plate
Well done yourself, David! You found that border when I couldn't. I don't believe we've seen that combination of Wood's multi color transfers with the Belzoni border before. A great find.
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Pratt4ever
Sorry the TCC number should read ( 1292 ) Regards David
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Pratt4ever
Len Well done good on you gave me enough info to find the border in TCC ( ID 71292 ) there is 9 examples of the exact border so you have solved the mystery of the producer Enoch Wood & Son. So I will now update my plate (PLA127).
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Len Kling commented on Plate
Hi again, David. I haven't been able to locate an example of this border but the central scene is shown in the TCC database in Butterfly Border #05 (ID# 7244). A couple of articles in the TCC bulletin you may find interesting: No. 2 from 2015, Pat Halfpenny's "Multi color printing on ceramics - it's earlier than you think" shows several examples of Enoch Wood's multi color transfers, including this scene on an Acanthus Scrolls Border plate. Margie Williams' "E. Wood & son's Interchanging Border Phenomenon" from the Spring 2008 issue looks at the Wood factory's practice of using the same central scene with several different borders. You have a fabulous website, David! I've so enjoyed looking at all you have to offer, and I'm not done yet. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.
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Pratt4ever commented on Plate
Thank you for identifying the maker for me Len.
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Pratt4ever
Len Kling Thank you for the information on my PL.112 I check on TCC site ( ID#8425 and it came straight so I can now up date it. Have you seen my PLA.127 it is another plate that I have not been able to identify I tried TCC but being only new to the site I found my self some what floundering, so if you can give guidance on that one also it would be great.
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Len Kling commented on Plate
William Smith & Co. of Yorkshire did produce a number of multi colored transfers but this plate was made by Enoch Wood & Sons. Look in the TCC database under Acanthus Scrolls Border #04 (ID# 8425) for a similar plate. Wood also used the transfer in their Butterfly Border Series (ID# 4207).
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Pratt4ever
Both potters did a great job with the 1851 Exhibition lids but I believe that when you put each other together the colours in the Pratt lids I feel are more visually pleasing. EG. Interior view of Crystal Palace. Both companies produced simular pictures but the Pratts used more colours in their picture.
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Pratt4ever
Pat, sorry re read your message and you said a jug not teapot, what size is your jug?
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Pratt4ever
Pat is your tea pot the same size as they produced them in differing sizes my email address is :- [email protected]
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Pat commented on Tea Pot
I have just acquired small matching jug, same scene and same stamp. Upon researching came across your site.
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Pratt4ever commented on Fish paste Jar
Thank you Andy after further research the Pratt's did produce this jar
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Pratt4ever
Simon The Pratt's did buy in blanks from time to time especially if they had a large order to supply and when the potteries were involved with the large strikes with the workers demanding higher wages and conditions the potters joined forces and helped each other out so they could hold out to union demands. If you look at the terracotta Turkish Smokers jugs 005 & 006 you will see I have mentioned Davenport & Banks but I have not any info on Davenport & Beck suppling blanks to the Pratt factory. I would be interested in seeing photos of the back stamp so I can put this info into my records. My email address is :- [email protected]
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Simon
Hi David, not sure if you remember but I sold a Prodigal Son jug on eBay back in January and we communicated about the correct name and source print. Anyway, I've now found a terracotta Prattware type jug with a typical classical griffin type frieze over a turquoise ground. What could be of interest is the fact that it's stamped with the mark of Davenport, Beck & Co. which Godden (p.191) describes and dates to 1873-1880; I don't think that you've recorded them as Prattware style producers on this site. It has a chunk out of the rim so there's little point listing it for sale but I'm happy to send photos if that's any help. If so, please let me know of an email address to which I can send them. Regards, Simon
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Pratt4ever commented on Side Plate
Hi Larry thanks for your comment, the plate you have is called ALIKE, strange as the dogs look nothing alike, the border is called a 123 border which is common on Pratt plates. The plate was produced with many different base colour. Hope this helps. Any further comments feel free to contact me at [email protected] Cheers David
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Larry Lastra commented on Side Plate
I have a plate exactly like this except it is with 2 dogs on it ..when looking at it the dog to the left looks like a pitull ( bulldog) and the dog to the right a brownish whippet ( smaller greyhound) doing a play posture towards the pitbull....can info on this plate -Thank You Larry
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Simon Hardey
Thank you so much David for your invaluable help. The collection on here is Splendid. Simon
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Pratt4ever
Jim Cragg The lid you refer to was produced by the Pratt factory and it was produced for the American market ,unfortunately they are not rare as they produced many of these lids and most collectors insist on very complete and clean examples of these cheaper pot lids.
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colwobs
very interesting pieces and a large collection without a doubt. I would collect everything post 1850ish if I had the room at home, but I don't, so have had to concentrate on the pot lids. https://plus.google.com/111107774411225231295/posts This url has pics of some of my collection although I haven't updated in over a year due in part to ill health and an attempt at a facebook page about prattware. I will put some new pics up on the Google+ page very soon and will also put the link to Dave's site here.
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Martin Noble commented on Dessert Plate
I have a number of dressing table items which Inwould like to value and then sell. They are the Chinese.cherry blossom design. Please advise.

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The process of underglaze colour printing on pottery was a remarkable one and required great skill. The pioneers of this method were Felix Ewards Pratt along with their engraver Jesse Austin from Fenton in Staffordshire.
I am listing my collection here and hopefully it can be used as a reference point as there has not been previously any works solely dedicated to the vast and varied wares that Felix Edwards Pratt & Jesse Austin produced all those years ago. Please enjoy my collection of their work.

I am always looking for more items to add to the collection so please contact me if you have something that may be of interest not only to me but to other collectors that I have contact with.

I belong to the Pratt collecting club in the UK called The Pot Lid Circle and I suggest that if you are interested in collecting Pratt Items this club is well worth joining as it keeps you abreast of new finds, sales, unrecorded items and contact with like personal who also are collectors.

Unfortunately the Pot Lid Circle no longer exists as it was disbanded a few years ago but I am in contact with many of the Pratt collectors around the world and if I can not help you with any inquires I can steer you in the right direction with your queries.
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F.& R. Pratt - masters of multi coloured transfer printing on pottery from 1847
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