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Advertising on Transferware ~ Grimwades Quick Cooker

  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....


  1. Such neat pieces -- I'm looking at a Ham Stand but everytime I start to order, I think about other things I want . . . but it is such a neat piece!

  2. Such unique pieces. They are beautiful in their own way.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  3. Great pieces, Nancy! They make for such a nice display all together, too.

  4. Hi Nancy! You have the most wonderful pieces! I've not seen these before and I think they're great. You've put together a lovely vignette!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Such a great it. I've never seen transferware with advertising, but that's pretty cool...and amazing detailed!

  6. Love these - thanks for sharing them! Might have to be the beginning of a new collection for me!

  7. Very informative post! I learned a lot and my interest has been piqued!

  8. How fun and interesting! I love transferware and I never knew what it was called. Your vignettes are lovely too. Thanks for all the info.

    Dropping by from Under The Table!

  9. Hi Nancy - I've found three of these over the years, only one with its lid. I love the green on white.

  10. I've seen them here in the UK, but as yet I've not found one that I can afford!
    Thank you for all the info search continues :o)

  11. These are so interesting. I've never noticed these before. Surely, I've seen some. My favorite of your's is the Marmalade one. Very nice. Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

  12. Thank you so much for all this info Nancy. I have never seen these before. Your blog is such a great place to learn!

  13. Hi, Nancy! I'm leaving a message here as well as replying via my own blog. I'm not sure why some folks are having trouble tracing back to me. I am on WordPress rather than blogger, but I always leave my URL under "Select profile" for those whose blogs allow it. I'm going to leave the URL now that will take you to the home page just to see if it shows up on your end. Please let me know if you get a chance. Thanks for taking the time to track me down!

  14. Fabulous pieces. Another great informative post..
    Have a great week,
    xo Marlis

  15. What a great piece. I've seen some of these , but not a quick cooker. Thanks for the lesson. I will know more now when I see that type of transferware. They are usually over my budget, but always fun to have something to hunt for.

  16. Nancy, this collection is to die for!! I love every piece. I have seen a few of the big cheese displays around blogland and I have always loved them.Your displays are looking great. I don't think you could possibly do 'ugly' with these beauties!!!!
    You know that Pamela @ From My Front Porch to Yours is hosting Treasure Hunt Thursday now. She would love to have you link up if you haven't. The button on my side bar will take you there.
    And, I think I have all of my links straight now - if you have any please correct them for me.

  17. Your transfer-ware is beautiful! And interesting to read.
    Have a lovely day.

  18. you learn something everyday! I love the green transfer ware pieces, how unusual, can't believe I have never seen any. Thanks!

  19. How neat and unique, Nancy!..Christine

  20. I like all those pieces of this unique transfer ware! Thanks Nancy for all this info, I really enjoyed finding this out. Love the bowl too. Hugs,

  21. What charming pieces! I love the way your posts are always so informative, it's great to learn something new!

  22. Oh my word, what fabulous pieces. I've never seen any like them before. You are always so well versed on all the pieces and the history is so fascinating. I love it all. Your vignette is fabulous. I also love the cheese platter. It is stunning. I hadn't seen a square one of them before, just the round. I am on the look out for the square Pure Lard if you ever see one at a half way reasonable price. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. Nancy, do you have the lid for the Grimwades Quick cooker as well??? The last 3 I sold with the lid as well as the base went for over $300. There is a tremendous market of rabid world wide collectors for Grimwades household pottery items. The holy grail at the moment is the Bleriot Pie Divider/Pie Funnel. If you see one...grab it!!! The last one I sold (one of the few items I have ever sold on ebay) went to Australia for $1200+.

  24. These are such neat peices.Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. So sorry it's taken me so long to visit.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. I have a Grimwades 'quick cooker' pretty much the same as your one except some of the pictures on the inside lid are slightly different....a pie funnel, yes, but a slightly different one to the one on your inside lid pic...
    ...I found mine for a few pounds in a charity shop in Wales.......I use it constantly for steamed sponges and steamed suet puddings but do not know if it is a real one or a 'vintage reproduction'.......the inside lid advertises their other products as an 'oval shape' pie funnel 'bevel edge openings at side prevent juice boiling over' a patent pie dish grooved at bottom with vents for air passage to prevent burning at bottom (I could do with one of these)...... a patent safety milk bowl (9 sizes) for keeping out flies........and the Grimwade Hygenic jug......non splash top, unchippable edge, perfect pourer, no sharp angles inside to hold dirt (11 sizes) half pint to 9 pints.
    I would love to have more of this kind of kitchenalia to use today, instead of plastic stuff.....I have a small collection of 1950s small kitchen 'machines' such as a milk frother, old icing set which I would not use as the chrome plating is not good .... and other things.......also old cookery books.....the collecting 'bug' is irresistable isn't it....
    Jenny in the UK


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