Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guest Post ~ and Transferware Book GIVEAWAY!!!

(the letter A on a child's plate, from Judies book, Dishy Animals)

Today, I have a guest post from Judie Siddall.  Judie is a long time collector and dealer of transferware and has written a charming little book about childrens transferware of the 19th century,  Dishy Animals, which she specializes in.    I have one of the books in my collection and Judie has generously offered to give a copy to one of my readers.  It is so charming and if you have young children or grandchildren you will want this's a fun way for little ones to learn their ABC's! 

(front cover of Dishy Animals)

Here, Judy shares some of her collection with us and talks a little about herself and how she became a transferware enthusiast.

About Judie Siddall:

 I was introduced to blue and white transferware pottery by my mother and grandmother. We ate off of my grandmother’s blue Willow plates, which were made in occupied Japan, for years. My sister still has them. I remember going to antique stores with my mother from the time I was five. My mother (now 91 and still a blue lover), liked all kinds of china, but especially flow blue and old blue transferware. I liked old blue too. I bought my first piece of blue when I was a teenager. An addiction was born! In 1990, I was told by my husband that I must either become a transferware dealer or stop collecting. What a no-brainer! This was when Merlin Antiques was born, named after my favorite black and white cat. I would have liked a blue and white cat. Merlin brought me treasures; nothing dead. Shoes, shirts, hats; anything left outside by my neighbors. Unfortunately, no jewelry.
(some of Judie's blue and white pieces)

 I always enjoyed studying transferware and sharing that knowledge with others , so in 1998 I founded the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC), along with Norman Wolf and Dave Arman.

(click logo above to visit TCC or join...please tell Judie I sent you!)

 I have served as the TCC vice president and president and am currently the membership secretary (please join!). I also am the editor of the animals category of the TCC pattern database (nearly 7900 patterns so far) and the co-editor of the children’s subjects category. I am a bit obsessed with entering patterns. I have entered nearly 1500 of them.

 I created “Dishy Animals ABC” for my granddaughter, Maya, when she was 14 months old. I dedicated the book to her and my four grandsons. Maya loves the book, and carries it around the house and says “my book”; she is now 21 months old, but the boys just roll their eyes. Of course, Forrest is 17 and the triplets, Alex, Ben and Mo, are 10. Their fathers, my sons, also roll their eyes. Having a bit of girl in the family hopefully will ameliorate all of the eye rolling!

(Maya carrying her copy of Dishy Animals)

 “Dishy Animals ABC” combines my love of children and china. I taught in the Palo Alto, California, Parent Education Program, PreSchool Family, for 25 years, and have operated Merlin Antiques, specializing in 19th century British transfer printed pottery, for 21 years. I particularly like pottery made for children.
Above, and below are some of Judie's favorites from her collection
including these rare yellow glazed children's mugs and pitchers.

Above, Judie's granddaughter Maya learns her ABC's...the transferware way!

 Who has ever heard of a Cameleopard before?  Not until I got my copy of Dishy Animals had I heard of one!  This is one of Judie's favorite pieces she shares in her book for the letter X to stand for eXotic...and that it is!  

If you'd like to enter for a chance to win a copy of 'Dishy Animals ABC'  all you need do is leave a comment here and tell me why you'd like to win it!

One winner will be chosen via in one week.  I will announce the winner on December 15th.  Please be sure you leave an email address so that I can contact you!


  1. Hi there, I am not seeing any images after the first anyone else having this problem?

  2. I would love to win--I collect Children's Books for our Grandchildren to have when they visit...

  3. I would love to have a copy because my Grandmother and I share a love for transferware and I would give the book to her for Christmas.

  4. Its all fixed now Nancy! I just bought a pair of childrens ironstone mugs by Royal Crownford on Ebay for my twin nieces. One is in red and white transferware with images of a little girl, and the other is brown and white with images of a girl and boy..they are so cute and seem quite sturdy.

  5. Hi Nancy, this is David, Maya's grandfather and Judie's husband. That's me pictured above with Maya. I continue to be amazed as to her still loving this book months after she first saw it, and we regularly receive comments from others that their one to two year olds do, as well (shameless advertisement for the book). Your blog is great, and we appreciate your featuring Judie's book, Merlin Antiques, and the Transferware Collectors Club.

  6. Hi Nancy! Oh, these little dishes are so sweet. I would love the chance to win that little book as my only little grand daughter is just now learning to talk!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. i would totally love to have this for my granbabay And'rea. she would love it. shes had a hard time and @ 3 is learning to talk, and come out of her shell. shes a sweety. Grama would love to enjoy this book with her baby. plus grama would love it too...

  8. Hello, Nancy.......thanks for sharing your love and introducing us to your especially talented and industrious friend! We have three granddaughters and I would love to win this book and share with them. I know our grandsons would love it too. Reading books together is such a special memory and learning more about something we love at the same time is a wonderful bonus!

  9. What a sweet book. I don't have any little ones, but I love it none the less! This transfer ware is so sweet!!

  10. Enjoyed my visit and seeing all your goodies. However, my favorite part if the sweet little child.

  11. I am a memeber of Transferware and know Judy's work so I would LOVE to have the book!

  12. I would love this book just to peruse more photos of beautiful transferware!

  13. Hi Nancy; So nice to visit your blog again, I've been away for a while. Thanks so much for not deleting me from your sidebar when I fall off the radar once in a while! Hope all is well. Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  14. What a fun article! The more I see Transferware, the more I love it! Having Judy's book would be a real treat!

  15. I like this book because it seems to combine beautiful things with the process of learning. A great Christmas gift for someone!

  16. I am thrilled to see this sweet book and would love to throw my name in the hat for the giveaway. Until then, I remain Breathless in Seattle, Sheila G.

  17. What a fun post, so many unusual transferware patterns that most of us have never seen. The book is a great idea!

  18. Well that is a wonderful book! Very neat. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  19. I would love to win this book. I'm a "dish nut" too!

  20. I just found your site through Colorado Lady and am going to add you to my blogger list.

    I too collect transferware but the pink and white or red and white as some people call it. I have not seen many of the dog items but maybe have not looked for them. will add them to my look for items at the flea markets, etc.




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