Friday, May 25, 2012

Advertising on Transferware ~ Millennium Mills Flour

Transfer printed containers were made in England and sold to many countries where they would be locally filled and distributed.  These containers were custom made for small chemists (pharmacies) in England to large, international corporations.


One of my favorite pieces in my collection of transfer printed advertising wares is this Millennium Flour container.  It was produced by Crown Ducal for millers W. Vernon and Sons who named their mill after their most successful product: Millennium Flour, a flour product which won "The Miller Challenge Cup" in 1899 at the International Bakers Exhibition. 






  Millennium Mills is nestled along the Thames river at The Royal Victoria Docks, the docklands,  and was designed and built by William Vernon and Sons in 1905. 


 Millennium Mills was partially destroyed in 1917 by the Silvertown explosion at Bruner Mond's munitions factory that was manufacturing explosives for Britain's World War I effort.  In 1920 they were taken over by Spillers Limited.  The factory was rebuilt in 1933 on a massive scale in an art deco style and remained in operation until 1953.  


The Royal Victoria docks were closed in 1981 and the the other mills were demolished.  Millennium Mills, today, is one of the most famous abandoned buildings in the world and is referred to as 'London's Greatest Derelict Landmark" .  

Search Millennium Mills under Google Images and you can see loads of interior photos.  
The mill is a high risk destination for Urban Explorers and is under constant security patrol.  It has been a filming spot for many forms of media,  including tv shows, series and movies as well as several music videos by bands like Snow Patrol and Cold Play who filmed their video to 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" there.
It was also filmed in the movie Green Zone as the setting for Saddam Hussain's maze of underground tunnels and bunkers. 

Okie dokie, back to the transferware.  


 Transfer printing was first applied to containers which held such common items as toothpaste, foods (meats), shaving cream, soaps, and medical ointments between 1820-30 and to container lids in the 1840's.  This was about 60 or so years after John Sadler and Guy Green perfected the transfer printing process.  It was a common practice to market these products in transfer printed pottery containers until World War I when less expensive packaging was implemented.

I store lots of my flatware in these advertising crocks.





I love to read some of the advertisements on these pieces. 


These Dundee marmalade jars are fairly easy to find, though not always the really old ones (100 + years).  There are some repros of these available as well...maybe why we see them all over blogland so often.


This mould is printed with the recipe for Brown & Polson's Corn Flour Blanc-Mange



These vessels are great to use as small planters to.
I recently planted some English ivy in a Grimwades quick cooker.




Other posts on advertising transferware HERE and HERE

Wishing you all a safe, long and happy Memorial Day weekend!





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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Poetry Game of 1898 & Red Transferware Vignette



"A room without books is like a body without a soul"
The first time I read that Cicero quote I thought of how true it was.  I think I have books in every room of my house.  Some of my books serve dual purposes since I not only love to read them, but love to decorate with them to. 



This vignette is in my office.  An antique transferware chamber pot serves as a book holder for a small collection of Shakespeare books.
This chamber pot is from the Aesthetic Movement. 


 

What I want to show though isn't actually a book, but  it's just as good as one!  It is an antique playing card set that dates to 1898.  It covers one of my favorite subjects; poetry. 


It is complete with the instructions still intact, inside the cover of the box.  


Each card front depicts the home of Longfellow.

There are 52 playing cards, 13 cards from four different countries; America, Ireland, England and Scotland.  Each country is represented by several famous poets, and each card has a few verses from the poem it represents as well as a scene to go along with the poem.



When I first came across the cards I bought just a few of them from an Etsy seller who broke the set up and was selling them in lots of 3.


   Then the search began for the entire set and a few months later I found it online and fully complete in its original box. 


 It's one of my favorite little things.







To add a library to house is to give that house a soul
~another great Cicero quote~

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