Childs 40 Piece Ironstone Dolls Dinner Service
BLUE HEARTS VINE
W T Copeland Staffordshire, England c 1890
This is a wonderful miniature child's dinner set, circa 1860. It is decorated in along the rims in a country blue trailing vine of trillium or heart shaped three lobed flowers. In Doris Lechler's book `English Toy Dishes', the pattern is referred to as COPELAND HEARTS.
The pieces are perfect miniature replicas of an adult-sized tea service made in similar transferware patterns. The oval serving pieces have moulded handles and finials. The set includes:
SOUP TUREEN with lid and under plate, 4" high and 6" long (couple of small chips under the lid)
2 SAUCER TUREENS 3" high and 5" long, with lids, under plates and original LADLES.
2 VEGETABLE DISHES with lids, 2 1/2" high and 5" long (one top finial was reglued)
2 OVAL SERVING DISHES, 5" long ( kiln kiss on bottom of one)
2 SAUCE BOATS or Gravy Boats, 1 3/4" tall and 4" long
1 round SALT DISH 1 1/4" tall and 3" across (chip under the rim and a chip on the pedestal base)
5 PLATTERS in graduated Sizes: 2 @ 5, 5 1/4, 5 3/4 & 6 1/4"
6 Dinner PLATES 4" across (1 shallow rim chip)
6 Shallow SOUP PLATES 4" across
6 CHEESE PLATES 3 1/2" across
The set was made by W.T. Copeland (late Spode), a pottery manufactory in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid-to-late19th century which was (and still is) well known for its fine transfer printed ceramics. The set has the `feel' of an especially fine soft paste earthenware.
The set is in great condition especially considering it has been well played with by generations of children. Other than the minor condition issues listed above, there is rubbing on the rims of one or two pieces, stilt marks and other typical making flaws original ot the making, adding to the authenticity and the naive charm.
Copeland's miniature tea sets and early toy table wares are hard to find, especially with original LADLES and other coveted serving pieces. This set will make a stunning addition to any collection of children's dishes, and would also make a fantastic and unique doll house accessory. The pattern makes splendid gift for the child botanist in your life! We have also listed other early toy table and tea wares. Mix and match for a lovely display!