Monday, June 10, 2019


Don Pottery (1801-1831) Milkmaid pattern 10 inch plate. Notice that there is no border.

One of my favorite transferware patterns is "The Milkmaid." To me it embodies 19th century rural England. Probably more myth than reality. The pattern was popular, and it was made by many factories.  For example, the Transferware Collectors Club database shows 15 milkmaid patterns made by different manufacturers.  In no particular order, I'll show you a few. All have a milkmaid, a cow, and usually some other animals nearby. And, some of the patterns are more realistic than others.

Davenport (1794-1887) 5.12 inch saucer. Notice the black and white sheep on the right.

Spode ( 1770-1833) Milkmaid pattern 4.5 inch high teapot.

Thomas Rathbone & Co. (1810-1845) Milkmaid pattern saucer. There are no additional animals in this pattern.

BelleVue Pottery (1826-1841) Milkmaid pattern.

Sewell & Donkin (1821-1852) Milkmaid plate. Notice that the milkmaid is much larger than the woman on her right!
Sewell (1804-1820) 6.75 inch Milkmaid plate. Notice the waterwheel and cottage.

Davenport (1794-1887) Milkmaid plate. The pattern is from Davenport's Rustic Scenes series.

Scott (1800-1897) Milkmaid saucer. The black sheep looks like a shadow.

Some unattributed milkmaid patterns.

This pattern is so busy, it is hard to find the milkmaid!

This milkmaid looks as if she is milking a bull or an ox!

A milkmaid 4.25 inch mug. Does this pattern seem simpler than the others?

Milkmaid 10.25 inch coffee pot. I thought you might like the lovely shape of the coffee pot.

Milkmaid coffee pot.  Notice the interesting repairs to the spout and handle.

Milkmaid with other people!

It's a bit of a stretch, but the above teapot could be added to my post "Recognition of the Familiar and Transferware Cows."

It would be interesting to chart the similarities and differences between all of the patterns. Perhaps someone will offer to do it!  One more thing.  Let me know if you have a milkmaid pattern that I haven't included in this post. 

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