|Milk jug, bone china, New Oval shape, pattern 967, c1807|
I was reminded of this pattern on a visit to the lovely Eyam Hall last week. This is the first property ever to be leased by the National Trust from its owners, the Wright family. As the home of the Wright family for eleven generations, visitors can enjoy family portraits, furniture, objets d'art and personal belongings from each generation.
|Eyam Hall, Derbyshire, built 1671|
|Cabinet at Eyam Hall with Spode tea service in pattern 976|
|Sugar box & lid, bone china, New Oval shape, pattern 967, c1807|
|Teapot & lid, bone china, New Oval shape, pattern 967, c1807|
|Museum case in 2005. Items decorated in pattern 967 & other Imari designs|
|Spode backstamp c1807|
There is another pattern which is so similar to pattern 967 that the two are often confused. This other design has pattern number 1645 and was first introduced in about 1811.
|Postcard showing pattern 1645, c1811|
The similarity is striking though. So much so that when the Spode company produced a postcard in about the 1980s it illustrated pattern 1645, but labelled it as pattern 967! In the postcard image you can see pattern 1645 on a suite of teawares, in the same shape as mentioned above, except for the teacup which is London shape. Note the pattern is mainly on the inside of this teacup leaving the beautiful white of Spode bone china on the outside with a simple gold line.