Friday, March 28, 2014

SHELL EDGE OR FEATHER EDGE?

Shell Edge Plates
 Don Carpentier wrote an excellent article titled Do You Know What the Real Name for this Plate Edge Is?  It turns out that what I have been calling feather edge is actually shell edge!  I even own books about feather edge ceramics that are actually shell edge! 

A feather edge plate has a border that resembles a feather.  

Feather

Feather Edge Plate

Close-up of a feather edge

A shell edge plate has a border that resembles the ridges on a shell.
 
Shells

Shell Edge plate

Close-up of shell edge

Shell Edge plate

Close-up of shell edge

Shell Edge plate

Close-up of shell edge

The next time you find a shell edge called a feather edge, please say something!

3 comments:

  1. Oh dear - we got this wrong too. Thank you for putting us right!

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  2. Don Carpentier, Rob Hunter, and George Miller have been telling us the difference for years, but even some of the recent books have it wrong! The editors of the Transferware Collectors Club Pattern and Source Print Database (of which I am one) just made lots of corrections.

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