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China and Dinnerware4014 of 4718Wedgwood 8" Terracotta jasperware bowlgreek c england
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Posted 6 years ago


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The first image is of a flow-blue pitcher with a very nice replaced tin handle. The second is a blue spongeware sugar bowl with a hand-made wood top with nice original black paint and patina. Third is a large pitcher from a wash-set in multi-colour transfer with a replaced tin handle.


  1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    I have seen stapled dishs but never came across a tin handle. I love the ingenuity.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Interesting posting!

    I'm like rocker, I too have seen the stapled dishes, but not anything like this.

  3. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 6 years ago
    good job grace have you thought about making trench art
  4. GraceTraffordAntiques GraceTraffordAntiques, 6 years ago
    I love make-do items – they have piles of character and workmanship but most of all they were valued so much by their owners. Instead of throwing it way they spent money on having the tinsmith fashion a new handle, lid or spout, or shipped it off to a china manufacturer to be pieced back together with “staples”! We can learn a lot from these pieces in today’s throwaway society! Thanks for your interest!
  5. GraceTraffordAntiques GraceTraffordAntiques, 6 years ago
    I'd love to say I was the one that created the handles and lid vanskyock24, but they were done over a hundred years ago. I have a couple plates that have been repaired with staples and they have a label from the firm who did the work but I've never been able to find reference at to how it was actually done. I've even seen a bonechina cup put back together with over 20 small brass staples and it was watertight and usable. And yes, I do collect Trench Art as well! (needs to be Canadian though). The biggest piece I have is a biplane made out of various brass shell pieces.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Grace-- if you like trench art take a look at my postings.

    I have several planes and numerous other items. No trench art from Canada, but I do have an ID bracelet from WW1.


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