Pattern numbers prefixed with X are for Sample Patterns. Patterns would be designed and samples made as speculative product. These would be offered to Spode's retailers as samples to see how they would sell ie to test the market. If successful and put into production then the pattern would be allocated its unique pattern number within the appropriate series of the main pattern books. The X numbers date from the late 1800s into the 1960s and are recorded in books now in the Spode archive. The entries are mainly written records with no illustration. The pattern number is usually seen on a paper label on the back of the piece.
|Sample of a variation of the pattern 'Potters Poppies', bone china and its X label c1924|
Yellow Rose pattern is mentioned at the end of the Billingsley Rose entry on my B page.
|Dish, Zoological pattern, Wood & Brownfield c1840|
|The Tiger Cages, 2002|
Wood & Brownfield's Zoological series used different centres on each piece which included Antelope, Camel, Lion Cages, Tiger Cages, Zebra Pen, Rhinoceros Pen, Ostrich Pen, Kangaroos and a variety of birds. When this design was first produced in the 19th century many of the exotic animals were regarded as curiosities and were not widely known.
The scenes feature the animals in landscaped gardens being admired by the visiting public. Sometimes the flimsy low fences, just up to the animal's knees in some cases, don't seem to afford much protection from these wild creatures for the strolling ladies and their companions!
|The Tiger Cages, backstamp, 2002|
In 2000 the plates in the Zoological Gardens pattern formed part of Spode's Blue Room Collection dresser plates. The images show the Spode version of the Tiger Cages for a 10" plate and its backstamp, which includes a datemark for 2002.
Also see Spode and Rhinoceroses. And on another blog, Dishy News, you can find out about Ridgway's Giraffe pattern.
There are pattern books in the Spode archive from Brownfield which may have come via another company Jackson & Gosling purchased by Spode in 1932. It is not entirely clear. The pattern books include two names for the firm: James Brownfield on one book and William Brownfield and Sons on another. So without further research it is not possible to know if the pattern books and the copper plates were bought disparately by 2 different firms perhaps at different times.