Tuesday, 4 September 2012
A Little of What You Fancy Does You Good
Here are our recent indulgences. This is quite an early piece of Torquay pottery with a raised hand-painted decoration of Cockington Forge (writing is on the reverse). No back stamp to say which pottery produced it, and I have yet to track it down as for date etc on the Internet. Probably first decade of 1900s. This cost me £4.
A photo showing my entire collection on the shelf above the sink. I haven't specialized yet - just collecting various pieces and I will decide on which to keep long term at a later date as I learn more about them.
My husband and I also like Doulton's huntsman design stoneware pieces because they don't pretend to be anything other than utalitarian pieces for country kitchens. The mug has a large crack behind out of sight (£2) and the teapot has a broken spout (£4). We can live with them until we can afford undamaged pieces.
Most of our collection lives in the kitchen. There are a couple of pieces too large to fit on the shelf so they live elsewhere.
The "copper pointy thing" we bought recently, which is in fact a late Georgian/early Victorian copper and brass ale/cider warmer. It would have been put into the fire, pointy side down, to provide a warm drink for chilled travellers.
I have been thinking, now it has been packed away for the past three years, perhaps I could live without the Portmeirion pieces we had as wedding presents. I far prefer the wide selection of Torquay pieces, which tie me to my Devon roots. . .