Very Scarce Miniature Historical Child's
Miniature Toy 43pc Dinner Service
attributed to Hackwood Staffordshire England c.1838
This is an extremely rare dark blue historical toy pearlware dinner set in the highly sought after KITE FLYER pattern. The miniature dishes are printed with scene in a cemetery with a child flying a kite and another rolling a hoop, while an old gentleman stands beside a gravestone, zig-zag border detail. Taken from a woodcut engraving by Thomas Bewick, it has been said that the image may represent Ben Franklin. The pattern is known most commonly as "Kite Flyer", but it is also referred to as “Franklin’s Kite” "Crabbed Age and Youth," "Old Age and Careless Youth".
The set comprises:
1 soup tureen and cover, 4 1/2" long and high 2 small tureens, 3” long and high 1 square lidded vegetable dish and cover, 3 1/2" 5 graduated platters, 4-5 1/2" long 2 oval vege dishes, 4” (1 hairline) 1 square saladier bowl, 2 3/4" 9 plates, 3 1/2" 8 plates, 2 1/4" (2 broken/reglued) 5 shallow dishes, 3 1/4" (1 broken/reglued) 7 plates, 3” (1 broken/reglued)
The set is unmarked, and the maker is not known with certainty, though the pattern is attributed to Hackwood or Rogers (some attribute it to Sewell), all esteemed potteries in the Staffordshire and Tyneside regions of England in the early to mid 1800s. The quality of the form and detailing of the image is far superior to what would be expected on this diminutive sized piece.
It is in great condition, with no cracks, chips, or repairs apart from the few described above. It has minor kiln dust transfer skips and stilt marks on various pieces, original to the making. An outstanding example of a historical toy set, a spectacular work of art, with vivid colors and clear crisp image, the best in children's or dollhouse historical Staffordshire pearlware transferware.