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Henrywood's Highlights
Transferware from a British Perspective

Number Twenty-one of an Ongoing Series by Dick Henrywood

With the coming-of-age of this column (“never been twenty-one before”), I thought I would go for something a bit different again. As children we were probably all told stories about the famous outlaw Robin Hood and the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, or even watched a series on television. Now, as adults, we might like to know that a few of his escapades have been immortalised on transferware.

“Robin Hood” series

A small series of scenes in the life of Robin Hood originally issued by Bailey & Ball of Longton. The printed mark is usually in the form of a circular belt inscribed with the series title “ROBIN HOOD” and enclosing the maker’s initials B&B in script, with an unexplained number “150” on the looped tail-end of the belt. Others are marked with a registration diamond for 15 November 1845, parcel 2, which relates to a distinctive hexagonal shape used for jugs, jars and vases, rather than the printed pattern. Later examples have the B&B initials replaced by H&B, presumably for Hampson & Broadhurst of Longton, or by the full name and address “J. BROADHURST / & SONS / LONGTON” (with the “150” removed from the end of the belt). The series has been noted on jugs (of various shapes), mugs and jars, printed in blue, red, brown or black, sometimes crudely highlighted with enamel colours.

Recorded scenes are:

“Robin Hood and the Butcher”
Bulbous jug 4.5in
Waisted jug 4.75in
Mug 3.25in
Illustrations: Riley 373 (blue mug 3.25in)

“Robin Hood and the Sheriff”
Bulbous jug 4.5in
Waisted jug 4.75in
Mug 3.25in

“Robin Hood Killing Deer”
Dutch shape jug 4.5in/4.75in
Dumpy jug 6in
Hexagonal jug 8in
Hexagonal jug 7in
Hexagonal jar 6.875in
Illustrations: Neale 2/34 (blue octagonal storage jar)

“Robin Hood’s Men Prepareing Dinner” [sic]
Hexagonal jar 5.25in
Mug 4in
Mug 3.25in

“Robin Hood’s Well”
Dutch shape jug 4.75in
Dumpy jug 6in
Hexagonal jug 8in
Hexagonal jug 7in
Hexagonal jar 6.875in
Mug 4in
Illustrations: Neale 2/34 (blue octagonal storage jar)

“Sherwood Forest”
Hexagonal jar 5.25in

Three of these patterns are recorded in the TCC database (and the other three are also covered) but the only printed images I can find are of a storage jar in Gillian Neale’s Encyclopedia of British Transfer-Printed Pottery Patterns and a mug in Noel Riley’s Gifts for Good Children. Can anyone out there add any information or good images? Responses should be sent to henrywoodshighlights@transcollectorsclub.org.

(Click on images for a larger view.)

Robin Hood Killing Deer jug
“Robin Hood Killing Deer” on a hexagonal jug

Robin Hood's Well jug

“Robin Hood’s Well” on a brown and coloured dumpy jug

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