Much of Thomas Till & Sons earthenware that we see is related to the dining room or kitchen but Till produced a significant amount of sets suitable for the bedroom and bathroom.
We have collected a number of single pots, candle sticks, jugs, bowls as it is not often a complete set is found, sadly. Indeed, many sellers of Staffordshire pottery often break up complete sets of dinner and tea services into 'trios' or sell platters as sets of two or three. This is a shame as once a set has been broken it is difficult to make one up again.
Fortunately we have managed to collect a number of pieces over the years and make our own sets up. Sometime we have acquired full sets but there has been damage so we have searched until better pieces can replace the damaged ones. Our favourite dressing table and bedroom sets are probably the completely handpainted sets often signed by F.Bourne (one of Till & Son's best painters and possibly Thomas Till's relative Frances Bourne), We also particularly like 'Pekin' which is based on a luxurious transfer pattern with a background of white, light blue or a striking red.
At some point we know we have to sell some of our collection - we cannot justify keeping so many beautiful items in storage and our house is far too full! We plan to document all of our collection and then we will will make some tough decisions.
For those of you lucky enough to live in Canada there is the wonderful preservation of Mackin House Museum, (operated by Coquitlam Heritage Society). There is an example of a T.Till & Sons "Windsor" washbowl and jug in brown transferware on display in one of the bedrooms.
Mackin House Museum is located in Coquitlam, BC, Canada.The house was built in 1909, as a home for Henry J. Mackin, Sales Manager of Fraser Lumber Mills. Visitors can journey back in time and experience history by exploring various artifacts and photo displays.
Mackin House Museum, 1116 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam BC V3K 1G3
You can see more photographs in the photo gallery under Mackin House Museum.