Staffordshire Green Transfer Printed Ironstone Childs Toy Doll Dinner Set
MAIDEN HAIR FERN
Ridgways Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire, England c. 1885
This is a scarce miniature toy dinner service circa 1885. The color is a rich earthy forest green. The ironstone set is abundantly decorated with beautiful Maiden Hair Fern, a fine example of the Victorian love of nature. It was made by Ridgway, a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent in the Staffordshire region of England. The registration mark dates the pattern to 1885.
The set includes:
-- Soup tureen with lid and undertray 6” long (reglued handle)
-- Small tureen with lid and ladle 4 1/2" long
-- 2 covered vegetable tureens 5” long (nibble on inside of lid)
-- 4 graduated platters 6” – 7” long (hairline on large platter)
-- 13 dinner plates 4” diameter
-- 4 side plates 3 1/2"diameter, and
-- 2 soup plates 4” diameter
The set is in great condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs except as the minor issues mentioned above. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not aligned neatly, there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm just right for children and dolls play. Richly detailed, with clear and crisp transfers, it is just amazing that this little dinner service belonged to a child well over 100 years ago!
Miniature toy printed ironstone of this quality is quite a find and highly sought after. The rich forest green transfer is earthy and striking, making a stunning complement to any collection of aesthetic transferware or any early children’s wares, and the pattern makes splendid gift for the botanist in your life or use it for dollhouse play! A very sturdy, large set ready to entertain future generations of children and their dolls.
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