Sunday, April 3, 2016


April 2 is National Ferret Day.  I thought it might be a challenge to find ferrets on transferware, but I  found two patterns plus their source prints.

Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) 11 inch ewer from the Sporting Series, where nearly each size and shape depicts a hunting or hunted animal.   The ferret is used by the rat catcher to catch rats.  The man's sash displays rats along with a crown.  He may be a royal rat catcher!  Remember to click on the photo to make it bigger.

"Ferret" from "A Cabinet of Quadrupeds" by John Church, 1805.  It was engraved by James Tookey after the work of the artist Julius Ibbetson. 

Toy teapot, 3.5 inches high, by an unknown maker. 

"The Ferret" from "The General History of Quadrupeds" by Thomas Bewick, 1790.  Bewick also created the wood block prints.
I am still amazed at the huge amount of transferware patterns.  The Transferware Collectors Club Pattern And Source Print Database has recorded more than 13, 000 so far.  However, I have yet to see a yak!


  1. Cannot believe you found ferrets on pottery but if there is really a National Ferret day - I guess anything is possible.

  2. There really is a National Ferret Day. There is a special day for almost anything. I own the little teapot. There is a red squirrel on the other side.