In 1955 Spode produced and elegant modern design by Harold Holdway called Olympus with pattern number S2933. As well as being very modern for Spode this design was also produced on the newly invented Murray Curvex machine which was researched, invented and developed at Spode with Guy Murray. The work on this new type of printing was so secret it had a code name... yes really. It was Harps.
|Engraved copper plate, chromed, for Olympus|
|Olympus plate at the V & A|
I believe the copper plate shown here can be seen with engraving tools from the Spode Museum in Room 143: Making Ceramics at the V & A in London.
|Statue of Jupiter Olympus plate, Gadroon shape c1950s|
The 7 centres were recorded by Spode as The Great Temple of Diana; The Statue of Jupiter Olympus; The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus; The Colossus of Rhodes; The Pyramids of Egypt; The Walls and Hanging Gardens of Babylon; and Thee Pharos of Alexandria (spelling as in the Spode Archive).
|1962 Perth backstamps|
|Commonwealth Games, Perth Tankard, 1962|
This specially commissioned commemorative item was also designed by Harold Holdway. I love it!