Puzzles, Copies, Replacements

Sadly, pieces of services do get broken. Usually it is simple just to go back to the maker and get a replacement. Once upon a time one could go to any factory that made pieces of the right shape and get them to copy the original. Usually these replacements were not numbered, and show slight differences due to the details of the mould being different between the two factories. This can cause problems of incorrect attribution.


Pattern 405

Originally I bought a 'Grecian' saucer dish, and a 'Bute' tea cup and saucer together. About a year later I bought a 'Bute' coffee can and saucer. I wasn't until I went to photograph the pieces that I realised the the saucer with the can was a replacement from a different factory. Since only the saucer dish was numbered I had not spotted the variation. The petals and centre of the flowers are treated differently, the foot rim of the replacement has a smaller diameter and is deeper than the original. The original is on the left, the replacement on the right. Both original and replacement saucers are 143mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 405 original saucer front Pattern 405 replacement saucer front

Pattern 405 original saucer side Pattern 405 replacement saucer side

Pattern 405 original saucer back Pattern 405 replacement saucer back

Photos © Angela Grant 2018


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Pattern 2/1063

Once I bought three trios and a slop bowl of this pattern as a job lot. It was only when I came to photograph them that I realised only the slop bowl and one saucer was original. The other two saucers and all the cups were replacements by an unknown factory. The saucers are not far out but are slightly larger than the original (148mm rather than 143mm) and have a distinctly different style of gilding and painting. The cups significantly lack the Ridgway pad at the top of the handle, in fact they have hardly any pads at all, and what is there tapers off. The gilder has tried to imitate the Ridgway pad but has got the shape wrong. The original is on the left, the replacement on the right. Bone china.

Pattern 2/1063 original saucer front Pattern 2/1063 replacement saucer front

Pattern 2/1063 original saucer side Pattern 2/1063 replacement saucer side

Pattern 2/1063 original saucer back Pattern 2/1063 replacement saucer front

There were no original 2/1063 cups, so I used a 2/1043 cup to show the difference in the pads.

Pattern 2/1043 original coffee cup with 2/1063 replacent cup

Photos © Angela Grant 2019


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