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Post  Ev on Mon 20 Sep - 18:28

Fantastic thanks Jeremy Very Happy
I can tell the transfer from the handpainted mug ...
they did a great job those Crown Lynn handpainters!
They probably only had a sample to copy too.......?
My pottery background helps me out with these things Smile

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Post  Ev on Wed 22 Sep - 15:18

Bahahaaaa this is unbelievable but today I went opshopping looking for Cook & Serve....
I've only ever seen one Cook & Serve casserole without a lid in all of my travels!
Well I got quite a few new Crown Lynn patterns for the gallery .... and at the last stop ....
..............there was a Danzig cup and saucer .... $12 but I happily paid it cheers
Photo to come later Very Happy
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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Wed 22 Sep - 16:04

I don't suppose you want to sell it, or swap it.
(I have a fair few to choose from, but sorry no Mexico to spare.)
I'll be in Auckland next week.
Danzig is the only pattern I have seen that I do not possess.
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Re: Cook & Serve Coffee Cans: Tacoma Coffee Service

Post  Ev on Wed 22 Sep - 18:41

Danzig 935



Danzig saucer backstamp...


Danzig mug backstamp...


I'm sure we can come to some arrangement Jeremy Smile
I'm moving house and have far too many packed boxes marked Pottery already Wink
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Re: Cook & Serve Coffee Cans: Tacoma Coffee Service

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Fri 15 Oct - 16:12

Ev,
bit of a catch-up
While tidying I found I DO have a Danzig and one is enough.
Jeremy.
PS I also found a few of my Rorstrand cups and Rorstrand Tango coffee set.
Some pattern names: Fenix (h/p bird), Eden (h/p halved apple), King (h/p another bird), Curtis or Cedric or similar (I think, geometric), others buried around the place too.
Is there any interest in posting pics?
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Post  Ev on Fri 15 Oct - 18:30

That's great that you found your Danzig Jeremy Very Happy
I would like to see the Rorstrand Tango coffee set please .... Smile
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Re: Cook & Serve Coffee Cans: Tacoma Coffee Service

Post  Ev on Sun 17 Oct - 13:33

I was going through the database today and noticed that Danzig had the shape numbers 782/792 beside the name!!!!! Heather confirmed that 782 are cups on her notes from the Museum and the 792 can only be the saucer for that Danzig cup! So that gives us two new shapes for the Crown Lynn Shapes Gallery cheers
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finally found my own

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Mogambo cup with shading on the other side .....

Post  Ev on Sun 24 Mar - 12:09

Photo courtesy of Banker to show this Mogambo coffee can that has the shading in reverse .....?
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reversed patterns

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 13 Jul - 16:28

I don't think I have underglaze mogambo in reverse but I do have reverse in hand-painted mogambo!
Also various others with transfers upside down (I guess this is how they get reversed), notably saraband.

(Correction: I have been looking thru my collection and it appears my Mogambo reverse is u/g transfer, like banker's one.)


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Viking

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 13 Jul - 16:32

ev,
Amongst my may C&S saucers are some black ones with the name "Viking":
do you have any idea what this might refer to?
I just made a search and found no entries under this name.
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Display shelf

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 13 Jul - 16:53

Having just built corner cabinets for my late father's Victorian glass (well maybe half of his 300 pieces) I just had one piece of wall area remaining in the dining room.
I built an open cabinet of 3/8 (10mm) rimu just big enough to house six hand-painted cups and saucers on three shelves: this hangs by small brass chains from three rafters (two to brace and one to pull it against the wall) and is tied by a fourth to the chair rail.
If I could remember the upload process I'd show you.
Then I discovered where I could show one each of the remaining sixteen under-glaze and plain c&ss over two shelves which I have yet to hang.
That leaves the Rorstrand cans to display display somewhere!
I'd also like to show some sets, with coffee pots etc but have run out of room.

When my brother and his family visit from Sweden in the summer I plan to assemble a 6 set of hand-painted Blue Tango c&ss with a Blue Tango coffee pot to take back and confuse the Swedes, who might think it is Rorstrand until otherwise advised.
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Re: Cook & Serve Coffee Cans: Tacoma Coffee Service

Post  Ev on Sat 13 Jul - 21:00

It's so nice to see you back here Jeremy Smile
Please email photos to the site on newzealandpottery@gmail.com and I will post them for you, as I'm keen to see exactly what you've done with your coffee cans.
There are a few Viking patterns on the Patterns Database and I will check them out when I get a chance and let you know what I can find.
We have identified one of the patterns that you didn't have a name for .... the one with green and pink 'trees' http://www.newzealandpottery.net/gallery/Crown-Lynn-Tableware-Patterns/A-B-C-D/Conifer-PatNo917-pic_2693.htm
Here is the topic on how to post photos which might help you remember how to do it -
http://www.newzealandpottery.net/t225-this-is-how-it-s-done-good-luck-d















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viking, conifer & shelf

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 13 Jul - 21:34

thanks for all that ev,
I'll see if I can get a decent picture tomorrow. I'll just be lazy and email.
I'll try to get the other shelves up next week and get the full set on display on their saucers, even dig out Danzig!
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Post  Ev on Sun 14 Jul - 16:53

Just remembered another of your coffee can patterns that Marl gave us the name for -
http://www.newzealandpottery.net/gallery/Crown-Lynn-Tableware-Patterns/E-F-G-H/Form-d382-pic_2694.htm
Plus I want to add that this topic is the 3rd most viewed topic on the site Smile

One last thing - Viking Pat.No. 458 is on the Database, but I've only ever seen the black coffee can saucers listed, hopefully the cups will turn up sometime.
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Form completes my inventory of patterns: what about colours?

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sun 14 Jul - 21:50

Thanks Ev,
That gives a name to every pattern of C&S can I have now.

Do the colours have names? As they appear left to right on the posted photo of my collection they are: the standard blue of C&S saucers; a lime green which sits on Form pattern saucers; the insipid beige/yellow seen on much CL; and the standard yellow of C&S saucers.
Other colours of C&S saucer for which a name would be nice are the burgandy/red/pink of Mexico saucers and the brown of Napoli.
Somewhere I think I also have grubby olive green one, but I don't know what cup that might belong to.
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Rorstrand coffee set

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sun 14 Jul - 23:25

Ev wrote: I would like to see the Rorstrand Tango coffee set please .... Smile

I can't see any evidence of my having done this.
I will attempt to do so tomorrow.
My set is the later design that belongs with black ring saucers, not the red ones I have for my Tango cups.
I will email but am happy for you to post.
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Post  Ev on Mon 15 Jul - 7:54

Regarding the name of the colour glaze colours, you will find the ones we have identified in the Patterns Gallery under Colour Glaze.  There are so many colours yet to be identified and there is a list of these colours in this topic - http://www.newzealandpottery.net/t876-colour-glaze-by-crown-lynn which shows the names that Crown Lynn used, but we still have to match up the colour with those names!
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Saucers for Cook & Serve Coffee Cans

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Mon 15 Jul - 15:37

Hand Painted Cans
Five of the 6 hand-painted Cook & Serve coffee can patterns, with the green stamp underneath, had matched saucers in plain colours (black, maroon, yellow, blue) bearing the same gree name stamp; Fleurette patterned cans had Fleurette patterned saucers.

Cans with Underglaze Transfers
Generally (but not always) saucers for these cans are under-stamped in black with "Cook & Serve" and no pattern name. (Some cans and saucers bear different stamps which may be an indication of who they were produced for or time of production.)
A range of C&S coffee cans may have been sold (1) with or (2) without saucers, for use as either as cup and saucer (1) or mug (2). I say this because they are so often seen without. A set of cans is a set of cans with or without saucers!

Where u/g transfer patterns reproduce the hand-painted designs (Blue Tango, Image, Mogambo), I expect the saucer to follow the colour cues of the hand-painted duos.

In matching an unnamed C&S saucer colour to a patterned coffee can there may have been a degree of choice from the outset, thus I see Saraband on yellow OR black as indicated near the start of this thread. Those with multi-coloured geometric patterns, Tacoma, Bermuda, and Athens look good on saucers of any of the colours included in their patterns, perhaps less so black. The only one of these patterns I've seen with a named saucer is Athens, which is blue.

Some other patterns do appear to have had dedicated saucer colours, American Styled Blue Sapphire (a floral design) has named blue saucers. Ev has said that she remembers a set of Napoli on brown saucers. They certainly look good on the brown, but, curiously, (and I have no explanation for this) the only brown saucers I have have a GREEN c&S stamp.

C&S Duos with Matched Patterns
The only examples I have are (hand-painted) Fleurette (green stamp) and Form (no stamp on cup and black C&S stamp on saucer).

Sundry U/G Can Patterns
One would expect the saucer for Danzig to be blue but like u/g Blue Tango I think it a poor colour match. For Conifer I would like to see a pink saucer (I haven't ever seen one) as the maroon (of Mexico) is too dark, but as the design has black in it the black is a good look. I suspect that one day I will see a saucer in Conifer pattern. (My sole Conifer cup has no understamp.)

Plain Coloured C&S Cans
I have these in blue, yellow, oyster, and lime. None has an understamp. I can only guess the saucer match. I see a great opportunity for harlequin sets, mix and match cup and saucer colours, as the matched duos are so boring. The only one of these I have bought with saucers are the lime which were paired with Form saucers, and together look better than Form on Form.

Sundry Patterned Saucers
In looking through my collection I see I have a pair of sauces with an as yet unnamed pattern. The pattern of three outlined fern leaves in black blue black is repeated four times around the saucer bowl. Understamp is black C&S. Blue cups look OK there, but I look forward to seeing cans in the same pattern.

Sundry Plain Saucers
Somewhere around, I believe I have a grubby green Crown Lynn saucer that matches the C&S shape but I know of no cup, plain or patterned to match it.

Sundry Saucers, Other Brands
It is more usual to find cans without saucers than saucers without cans.
If you have a saucer that fits, why not use it! I have a green "Made In England" saucer that nearly matches the Crown Lynn specification. I keep it with my collection because it fits.
As Crown Lynn's Cook & Serve coffee can range was based on the (shape) specification for cans and saucers from Swedish maker Rorstrand they make a good match. As I write there is a set of six Rorstrand Tango pattern cans for sale on Crown Lynn saucers on trademe.

Whew!
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Cook & Serve Cans: Similar or subsequent lines from Crown Lynn

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Mon 15 Jul - 16:12

Besides the Cook & Serve line Crown Lynn produced at least two other lines of coffee can of approximately the same size and shape (wider than high).

The "530" range is approximately 4mm wider and 4mm higher than the C&S cans and slightly thicker material. The ring that sits in the saucer is set well in from the edge of the cup. The ceramic is white, but not vitrified china like C&S. The patterns appear to be a transfer over crisp white glaze. This range is not as sturdy as Cook & Serve. I wouldn't put them in a dishwasher. Patterns inlcude 530 "Purple Myrtle", 531 "Arthur & Martha" (not yet illustrated in the patterns tables), and d532 "Captain Sharples". These three patterns are all a bit psychedelic, a bit "Yellow Submarine".
My Purple Myrtles were issued on black colourglaze saucers in a box marked "Happenings".

Another cup I have just located is the same size as the "530"s but has the bottom ring at the edge of the cup. This example has a green transfer or print on or under yellowed white glaze (this pattern is not in the tables). It has a black Kelston Potteries understamp. I'm sure I have similar cups somewhere here.

Both these lines have reproduced the handle of the C&S can.

Any further information would be appreciated. (Maybe a new thread is required.)


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Viking is pattern 458, what might this mean?

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Tue 16 Jul - 12:26

The (green) backstamp on my two black Viking C&S saucers, in an upright sans serif font, reads:
VIKING/Pat No. 458/Permanent Underglaze Colours/OVEN PROOF/KELSTON POTTERIES/NEW ZEALAND

If numbers are an indication of production or design date this places Viking between Image (457) and Athens (465), which is the largest number in the 400s. Image was first issued as a hand-painted design with green backstamps and the later underglaze cups have black stamps; the only Athens cups I have are under-glaze transfer and stamped in BLACK (or unstamped), but I also have  both yellow saucers and blue saucers for Athens, GREEN stamped Kelston Potteries. (All read ATHENS/Pat No. 465/KELSTON POTTERIES/NEW ZEALAND.)

If we accept some consistency, which may not be the case for Crown Lynn, a possible conclusion would be that Viking and Athens were both produced originally as hand-painted designs and later reproduced as u/g transfer. Their issuing as Kelston Potteries rather than Crown Lynn Cook & Serve muddies the waters.
I hope one day to see some Viking cups, but do not expect them to be hand-painted.


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CROWN LYNN COOK & SERVE COFFEE CANS IN NUMERICAL ORDER

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Tue 16 Jul - 14:56

Those patterns marked below with one * were originally issued as hand-painted cup with green name stamp, on named plain colour saucers (except Fleurette which has a Fleurette patterned saucer).
Those with ** were also later issued as underglaze transfers, black name stamp, on saucers green-stamped OVEN PROOF COOK & SERVE by Crown Lynn.
No * indicates name in black under cup with green-stamp saucers as above.

Exceptions: Danzig has Crown Lynn but not Cook and Serve on its stamp. Napoli appears to be an overglaze transfer rather than underglaze, and its stamp has Cook & Serve but "W.B. & Coy. Product" in lieu of Crown Lynn. My Form cups and Conifer cups are unstamped, as are some of my Athens. Some Blue Sapphire cups are incorrectly marked Saraband.

Plain colour cups have (3 digit) impressions only, no black or green stamp. Patterned cups also appear to have an impressed alpha-numeric stamp but they are pretty unreadable.

Patterned Cups
300s:
Fleurette* (373)
Form (382)
400s:
Blue Tango** (423)
Mogambo** (428)
Mexico (429)
Allegro (456)
Image** (457)
Viking (458)
Athens (465)
800s:
Blue Sapphire (823)
Form (832)
Saraband (869)
Bermuda (870)
Tacoma (871)
Napoli (885)
900s:
Conifer (917)
Danzig (935)

Single-Colour Cups:
Tango Blue (FY2)
Lime (FY2)
Yellow (bright) (25E)
Yellow (c&s) (25E)
Yellow (oyster? (25E)

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My Inventory of C&S cans and saucers

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Tue 16 Jul - 14:59

I have just made an inventory of my Cook and Serve cans and Saucers.
The Tally is cans 201, saucers 154 (that I can currently locate).
I have all those items listed above, in varying numbers from 1 to 15, including six sets (with correctly named saucers) of all the hand-painted except Fleurette, for which I only have 4 cups and two saucers.
All but the unknown saucer pattern are illustrated above or elsewhere in the forum.
I have given to friends four sets each comprising 6 cups and saucers in underglaze Bermuda, Image, and Mogambo (2)


If you have any I don't please add pictures, names numbers etc.


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Post  Ev on Tue 16 Jul - 19:35

Jeremy Ashford wrote:I have just made an inventory of my Cook and Serve cans and Saucers.
The Tally is cans 201, saucers 154 (that I can currently locate).

That is a whole lot of coffee cans Jeremy and I'm just trying to visualise them all !!!!  
I'm very keen to see the pattern on the no name can that you have, so please send pics.
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