Inherited Items

Karapace

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I have a few items that have passed down my family over the years.
A family bible published in 1857 and containing records of our family going back to 1818 (Great great Grandfather)
My Great Grandfathers vases made by him in 1886 on completion of his apprenticeship (pictured) David Smith journeyman vases 1889b.jpg
Plates painted by my Grandmother (pictured) Elsie Smith cup and saucer 1916.jpg
and the oldest and simplest item, the family "lucky" penny dated 1806. Not quite sure of the story behind this but my Grandfather said it passed down from his Great Grandmother. Penny 1806 heads.jpegpenny 1806 tails.jpeg
 
Oh how lovely.
Was your grandmother a professional pottery painter?
My head instantly went to two rounds of pottery production and wondering if they were in the Staffordshire area (which is none of my business if you don't want to say.)

Also, what styles are the pottery? I don't recognise the style of the two vases in particular.

I too have a collection of inherited items, though it would probably take me months to get around to taking photos and posting them.

My collection includes a dinner service with a lot of memories of Christmas dinners and special occasions (which is actually still in a box and I am not quite sure where). Massive thing, I think 8 place settings, possibly more, with at least three sizes of plates per setting, gravy jugs, veg dishes with lids, gigantic meat plate. All in white with a whispy vaguely scrolls and plants brown pattern around the rim. I once talked with a china expert and learnt that it was made in Staffordshire for export only and every single item was a second. So our family grand dinner service, was very family typical - bought for a good price and not as good as it looked. I kind of treasure it for that really.
 
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Oh how lovely.
Was your grandmother a professional pottery painter?
My head instantly went to two rounds of pottery production and wondering if they were in the Staffordshire area (which is none of my business if you don't want to say.)

Also, what styles are the pottery? I don't recognise the style of the two vases in particular.
Yes. Many of my family were. They owned a Staffordshire potbank in 1773 and before that were brickmakers.

Not sure on the vases, late Victorian decorative terracotta. The cup and saucer were painted in 1916 but seem to be based on an Art Nouveau style.

It's nice to hav things that link one to the past :)
 

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