The willow pattern has been made by hundreds of companies in dozens of countries, and in colors from the most-seen blue, to red, green, gold, yellow, purple, black, brown, multicolored and the list goes on with combinations.
Did you know the willow pattern has earned a rather unique distinction?
Because it has been in existence for more than 200 years, it is the china pattern with the longest continual production in history. It finds its roots in China, where throughout the 15th through 18th centuries, the Chinese potters were exporting their porcelain wares decorated with hand-painted cobalt designs under glaze.
In the 18th century, companies like the East India Company imported the blue and white Chinese porcelains into England.
The £185,000 investment includes a fully automated punching unit, Quick Size Adjustment to cope with different paper sizes and KAS calendar hanger system which takes straight wire, forms and adds a standard or euro profile hanger.
Mukadam says: “The calendar season is getting later which results in a bigger workload spike.
One of the jobs of the Club is to help you identify and date unusual items and find out other relevant information by referring to the Royal Doulton archives.
The gallery is named after Sir Henry Doulton, son of the founder of the company, who was the first potter ever to be knighted for services to ceramic art.Although it is not definite why this occurred, it is likely that this product was made during the First World War when materials were difficult to acquire and inferior materials were used. Introduced in 1926, possibly to mark the Wembley Exhibition of that year. Interestingly this registry mark dates from 1884 but was only used from 1926! Around scroll with Celtic decoration and the words "deanta in eireann" (made in Ireland) added.On Earthenware the stamp Belleek changed to "Melvin Ware" in 1936 probably to distinguish it from the more prestigious Parian China. The Pottery resumed full production in 1946 In tests carried out on backstamps, green was felt to be less obtrusive than black at showing through the translucent China and thus it was decided to change the colour from black to green.Members are kept up to date on collecting matters by mailings.Four times a year you will receive the well illustrated Club magazine, full of articles and news concerning Royal Doulton wares past and present.