|Plate, earthenware, 'Christmas Tree', crimson band, (detail), date unknown|
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The Spode company produced other Christmassy designs before Holdway's Christmas Tree pattern, from the early 1800s onwards. Find out about these by clicking Spode Christmas Designs and a Bit of Christmas History.
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This large bowl is decorated with pattern number 8275 using a traditional holly border lined in green and gold. It has a spray of mistletoe in the centre of the bowl. This design was first recorded in about 1849. So in the 19th century you could enjoy your punch or, for a cold winter's day, a hot mulled wine in this footed, punch bowl. At least it looks like a punch bowl but it has a printed registration mark for a design described as 'ewer and basin, embossed holly'. This would suggest a different use as toilet ware. It's a bit of a puzzle and, also, in this case, the design is not embossed (moulded or raised decoration) but a flat pattern. I still think it is a punch bowl!
|Punch Bowl, pattern 8275 c1849|
|Punch bowl backstamps: printed Copeland mark, painted pattern number & decorator's cipher, printed registration mark, & unidentified impressed mark|
Here is another take on the holly border design on a Gadroon shape dessert plate, this time with a solidly gilded border and, if you look carefully, extra berries dotted around the edge. This pattern is not recorded in the pattern books and may have been a special commission.
|Plate, bone china, a holly pattern, unrecorded, Gadroon shape with gilded edge c1890|
|Backstamp to holly plate in a style used from about 1890-1920|