Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ceramics, new and old

West Auckland Historical Society proudly have this in their collection -- a souvenir plate from the reopening of the New Lynn Train Station last year. (Does this really promise they'll have movies back at New Lynn some time? That would be good.)

Meantime, during work currently underway to enlarge the Society's display annexe,  local historian Ben Copedo spotted this shard in the clay, and fished it out. He'd love to know what it's from. The two photos are the same fragment, decorated on both sides.

If anyone can help, please let me know, and I'll forward the answer to Ben.


  1. Love the commemorative plate, very fun!

    The shard looks like a typical brown transfer pattern onto china from mid 1880s.
    The lower one seems typically English but the top one almost has an air of the Orient, a la Willow pattern influence, reflecting a tea cup or tea bowl, perhaps, for it to be decorated on both sides.
    If it's thick pottery it's usually called ironstone, the thinner type is china/porcelain.

  2. Jayne, you're a gem! Once again, I'm reminded of how many clued up folk inhabit the blogosphere. I'll tell Ben tonight.