|Canada Geese and Goslings|
Despite their messiness, I've always liked Canada geese I saw some recently during a walk in Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA. They made me wonder how many transferware patterns feature geese. There are quite a few, but none that look like Canada geese!
Many of the patterns were made for children.
|"Goose" pattern cup, 2 inches high by 2.75 inches in diameter. The text says "Goose," but the bird is probably a duck! I thought I'd include it because it looks a bit like a Canada Goose.|
|Known as Geese Attack, this 5.5 inch plate shows a family attacked by geese. I was bitten by a goose when I was a child. They look adorable, but can be quite mean.|
|Children's patterns were often teaching tools. This 2.75 inch mug is an alphabet mug: "Gg/G for Goose and Gardener too."|
|Alphabet 6.25 inch plate with a molded alphabet border: "Goose, Gate & Gun."|
|Alphabet 2.5 inch mug: "G stands for Gander, for Goose, and for Gift."|
Some patterns illustrate Nursery rhymes and fables.
|"Nursery Rhymes" 7.5 inch plate "Goosey Goosey Gander." The plate has a printed alphabet border.|
|Maw & Co. (1852-1979) 6 inch tile printed with an illustration of the unfortunate end of the fable "The Goose Which Laid Golden Eggs."|
Hunting patterns often include geese.
|Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) 10 inch plate from the series known as "The Sporting Series," ca. 1825.|
Hunters are not always human.
|J.F. Wileman (1869-1892) "Sporting Scenes" 8.25 inch plate featuring a fox and its kill. Would you want to eat from this plate?|
|Thomas Elsmore & Son (1872-1887) child's 7.5 inch plate with a molded alphabet border. It is titled "Fox And Goose."|
One more photo of the Canada geese. The child is rather close to the geese. I hope they don't bite!
Below is a large bronze sculpture of geese near the entrance to the Children's Zoo at the San Francisco Zoo. Maya looks concerned, but these geese don't bite!
|Bronze Goose sculpture at the San Francisco Zoo|