Posted 3 years ago
If the images look a little weird, it's because I stitched them together the best I could from about 10 photos I took with my phone. I currently have 2 large cases and 2 small cases full of my personal collection. I have another case of duplicates or newer stuff not pictured.
My focus on Belleek is pre-1950s. For items from Ireland's Belleek that means periods 1-3 which would be roughly 1850s to 1940s. For American Belleek (Coxon, Gordon, Lenox, et al.) that would be roughly 1860s to 1940s. Many American Belleek companies were only in business less than 10 years, which makes finding their work particularly difficult (Perlee, I'm looking at you!). I also collect items outside those periods if they are limited edition or unique in some way.
I plan on photographing each piece individually, but it takes time since I think I'm at about 200 pieces, which is surprising since I've really only been collecting for maybe 2 years.
In the first picture (top left) there is some Cone tea ware (2nd period) with some Shell plates (3rd period) behind them. To the left (still on top) is Mask tea ware (2nd and 3rd period). Next shelf down on left is a bunch of Grass tea ware (1st period) with random Hexagon, Neptune, and Erne tea ware (1st - 3rd periods) to the right. Third shelf down to the left is Shamrock tea ware (2nd and 3rd periods) with Thorn and Echinus tea ware (1st and 2nd periods) to the right (they are all on a 1st period Neptune tray). On the bottom shelf is my darling Erin (Figure of Erin) near front center (1st period in pristine condition); to her right is a Bird Tree Stump Vase (1st period in pristine condition); between the two is a male and female Belgain Hawker (2nd period). Bottom right is some early Belleek earthenware - back is an 18" 1st period platter with a jelly mould front left and a hot water covered dish to the right.
In the second picture is some of my newer items that I haven't found from the first 3 periods, limited edition items, and other American belleek items. On the plate rails top and bottom shelves are Belleek Christmas plates - one is issued per year since 1970; I have up to 1989. Top shelf has 4th - 6th period items such as a Nile Vase, Dolphin Spill, and Limpet coffee pot. Second shelf has the Belleek Collector's Society version of the Chinese tea ware (one day I WILL find an earlier period version!). Bottom shelf has various baskets from Celtic Weave and the far left there is a Coxon Belleek plate (c1930s) with Columbian Art Pottery monk jug and mugs on the right (circa late 1800s).
The third picture has all my creamer, sugar, salts, various smaller plates and dishes, and most vases from 1st to 3rd periods. Also some plaques that are limited edition items and smaller baskets from the 1st and 2nd periods.