|J. & G. Meakin (1851-2004) 7.38 inch child's plate "A Dead Bee Maketh No Honey"|
Did you know that the Eurasian beaver is making a comeback? Did you even know that it was hunted to the brink of extinction? Read about it in my post Beavers On Transferware.
|Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) wash bowl with the Sporting Series Beaver pattern, ca. 1825|
Another endangered animal is the pangolin; the world's only scaly mammal. I learned about the pangolin and its plight when I was given a pattern to add to the Transferware Collectors Club Pattern And Source Print Database (I'm one of the editors). The pangolin is a great delicacy with imagined magical powers, so it has been hunted to near extinction. You can read about this in my post titled Pangolin.
|Saucer, 4.25 inches, printed in black with a pangolin, ca. 1820|
The native red squirrel is endangered in Britain by the American (aka Eastern) grey squirrel. An unusual looking squirrel on a "Flora Pattern" plate alerted me to yet another threatened animal. You can read the story in Flora Pattern And Squirrels.
|"Flora Pattern" 10 inch plate with squirrel, ca. 1820|
My last animal is a bit of a reach. I have convinced myself that the animal in the "Visit to the Zebra" pattern seen below is really a quagga. I mainly wanted to share with you the story of this extinct animal and its remarkable quasi comeback. Read Visit To The Quagga to learn more.
|Child's plate, "Visit To The Zebra" ca. 1840|
|Photo of a quagga in the London Zoo, ca. 1870|
I realize this blog is merely a bagatelle. Transferware and endangered animals? Decide for yourself.