Willow Pattern Printing Plates

Printing plates have always been one of my favorite things to collect because it takes you back to the beginning. These amazing plates were individually created by an artist whom worked for each respective pottery company. Each one is different than any other.

The printing plate was typically heated up then the color was added. Once the excess color was removed, a thin paper was placed to transfer the color from the copper plate onto the respective piece of pottery. It is an amazing process. Watch below:

I recently purchased two printing plate I knew were willow and one that was simply an oriental pattern I had not seen before. I thought, well, lets just sell the oriental one and maybe I can end up paying very little for the two I really wanted, the willow pattern ones.

The printing plates came in the mail while I was at work this week, but the hubby told me of their safe arrival. When I unpacked them, I was stunned. Not only was the packing awful…only those foam peanuts, no bubble wrap or anything to separate them. The other shocker was they were ALL willow pattern. I ended up with one large plate with two willow pattern plates on it and two separate ones, all have other patterns on the back.

I will share more pictures once I have an opportunity to research the manufacturer. Below is a picture of one of the individual printing plate. Oh how I am in love! I have often times struggled to figure out where they come from, age, etc.

This printing plate has a couple of marks on both the back and the front, but the research still wasn’t easy!

I have to admit the patterns on the back are just as stunning as the willow pattern, however they are not in the greatest of shape! The first picture has been the most helpful in identifying this specific pottery company. The key below told me The Windsor Pattern on the back was patent August 27th 1849!

This helped me determine the actual manufacturer! I was so excited. The research keeps coming!!!

I found the actual mark. Turns out I believe the pattern on the back of the printing plate intentionally had the bottom section of the mark destroyed using acid or something hot. Now, I can give a couple of guesses as to why! Child labor?

The Pottery website I use has info on this manufacturer. (thepotteries.org)

Well, that didn’t last long! 1834-1851. At least I can date my printing plate! And I know a little bit about the manufacturer.

I simply love the style on these birds. Now I need to do my best to find an actual willow plate!

How about Spode Works has recently posted pictures on their Instagram making willow pattern plates using the same exact process over a 150 years later.

I simply love so much that they are still using the same process and how much effort and love goes into each and every plate. Oh….can someone buy me that printing plate?!!

I will be researching the others and posting on each of them once I find some information!

Keep watching for these beauties!


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