Transfer printing was first applied to product containers sometime between the 1820s -1830s, and to the lids of these containers in the 1840s, about 60-80 years after the process was perfected by John Sadler and Guy Green. You can read my post about the invention and development of the transferware printing process HERE, if you'd like.
Packaging for dental products, food, hair products, shaving cream, soaps and medicinal ointments were commonly marketed in a pottery pot with a transfer printed lid until World War I, when means of producing less expensive containers were implemented.
The transfer printing process was employed on numerous shapes beside small containers such as those used for toothpaste. It could be found on plates, mugs, medical items, kitchen wares and other household items, commonly known as advertising wares, such as this 'quick cooker' by Grimwades.
It's got transfer printing inside, outside and on both sides of the lid giving instructions on how to cook with it.
Transfer printed advertising wares are some of the most collectible, and sometimes can be the most expensive, but if you are patient and look around the internet, you can find some pieces that are wonderful display objects at very reasonable prices.
My green transferware Quick Cooker was an inexpensive find (less than $30). It is displayed without the lid and rests on top of an ironstone ham stand by Masons. They fit together perfectly. I have used it as a bowl to hold fresh fruit or flowers, alongside some other advertising pieces with transfer printing on them.
The Fortnum and Mason Pickle pot is one that's pretty easy to find online, and usually reasonably priced (under $20 with shipping).
I'm still kind of playing around with displaying some of the transfer printed advertising pieces I have. The James Carberry marmalade crock is so cute. I love the font...just looks old to me! I just found another one with a blue transfer print a few days ago at an online auction site. It was only $10! Can't wait for it to arrive! Of course, I LOVE my Cheese dairy slab... a shop display which would have held a big chunk of cheese.
The tea container pictured above and below is another piece of transferware I have that sort of falls into the advertising category because of the printed word tea, though it does not promote any particular brand.
These containers were made in England and some printed for international markets. French Mustard Pots are really cute! (I'll have to show that one later)
If you'd like to read more about advertising wares with transfer printing see these previous posts, Teeth Care Meets Transfer Ware, where I specifically discussed and showed pot lids to containers that at one time held various tooth pastes or dentifrices, and I Found A Transfer Printed Cheese Shop Display, where I talk about the dairy slabs which are so popular right now, and being reproduced for home use. You can find the reproductions online to...try to go for the ones on Ebay, they are usually quite a bit less than Joanne Hudson, even when buying overseas. Be sure to search with the terms 'show all items including international sellers' found at the bottom of the search page or else it won't pull up pieces located in other countries.
I'll be doing a few more posts on this particular type of transferware because there are just too many fun pieces to collect, make use of and decorate with.
I bid on this piece today, a Blanc Mange Jelly Mould, also by Grimwades, but lost out because the price went high for me ;-( Bummerooni!
I love the ornate detail of this medallion print on either side. Dang, I wish I could've afforded this!
Cute, isn't it?
Until next time....