These are very nice and very old fireplace tiles! The three dimensional design created different shades of browns as the glaze pocketed in the deep creases. There are a couple flakes on the tile so please see the pictures for condition.
In February 1883 the International Tile Company was organized in New York State, and by late 1883 was producing English-type transfer tiles and molded relief and encaustic tiles at 92 Third Street, Brooklyn--near the Gowanus Canal, where raw materials could easily be off-loaded and tiles could be shipped. According to decorative arts historian Susan Padwee, “...the International Tile Company...was an anomaly. I.T.C. was the only company organized and financed in England." I.T.C. was organized by sons of the Irish and English nobility, and was the first U.S. company to produce English-style transfer tiles for U.S. consumption. "According to Fred H. Wilde, an English ceramist who worked for I.T.C. for about a year, ‘all presses, dies, and special machinery were brought from England. Many of the workers (all department heads) were brought over, including a printer and engraver’ [needed for transfer tile production]." (Susan Ingham Padwee, “The International Tile Company” in Glazed Expressions, No. 38, Spring 1999, p.
BACKSTAMP: BIW in Staffordshire knot ITC BNY
Measures: 6” x 6” x 5/8”
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