In the late 1700s Worcester were among the first to use the Bute shape for teabowls, tea cups and coffee cups.The presence of the crescent mark dates these items to the Dr Wall period and they are all very similar in shape, size and decoration to those made in the same period by Caughley.The estimated freight and insurance will be determined and presented before you make any payments.
Here are some examples: 335 - March 1935 1127 - November 1927 9.16 - September 1916 Unfortunately, many dealers still insist on the dates given by Godden, even when items are clearly impressed with contradictory date stamps.
This confusion is also widespread amongst other Booths patterns with the Silicon China "Crown" mark, such as Parrot, Netherlands, Pagoda, etc, which were all produced much later than the supposed 1912 cut-off point, as is evident from impressed dates.
The Carlton Ware embossed pattern Foxglove in the yellow colour-way was my first love.
It is the classic collecting story; my dear old Mum had some yellow Foxglove, I saw a couple of pieces in an antique shop and it reminded me of her and away it went.
The first of the embossed patterns to make an appearance was an early version of the crab and lobster salad range.
I once found a piece of this pattern at an auction here in Melbourne, interestingly it had a W&R makers mark which means it had to have been produced in 1927 or before.
From 1867 until 1877 the code would either be the printed last two numbers of the year or a capital letter under the circle reprrsenting the date.
From 1877 the year number was dropped in favour of the letter system which carried on the same sequence.
Research undertaken by Conrad Biernacki published in the April 1984 issue of Willow Transfer Quarterly backs up the above chronology.