Woods Ivory Ware cup & saucer set
made in England, 1930s
This delightful cup, saucer and cake plate set is Woods Ivory Ware; distinguished by the black and white ‘checkered’ rim. The checked rim, and the abstract flower motif on the pieces are all hand-painted, which means each piece is slightly different.
Woods Ivory Ware [the ‘Ivory’ referring to the pure white of the fine bone china] was made in Burslem in England- where many potteries hail from. The pieces are hand-signed ‘36’ on the back; presumably this was the painter’s number; and the plate is impressed W83 and the cup 126. All pieces are stamped Woods Ivory Ware, England.
The set is in fine vintage condition; ready for tea and cake! It is for sale: $AU55
Even in the 70s we were outsourcing our souvenirware to England. This souvenir plate featuring the Sydney Opera House was made by the well known Wood & Sons in Burslem, England.
A crude sketch of the Opera House is surrounded by – the NSW Coat of Arms at the top, and a repeated flora motif around the edge. And that motif is surrounded by a ubiquitous 70s graphic. Everything is mission brown – so 70s! – and very busy. In the 70s you got a lot of bang for your buck.
The back of the plate is no different. A huge scroll of text describes the Opera House—size, position, etc, etc – and then this extraordinary [and completely ridiculous] statement:
“New South Wales proudly claims that this magnificent structure is among the greatest ever created in the history of mankind.”
The 70s! gotta love it! It was the greatest decade ever created.