Thomas Till & Son/s

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A few of my favourite things!

Posted by thomastillandsons on March 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

It is always exciting to discover a new piece of Till & Son/s and we are always delighted when somebody tells us about their own items and shares their story with us. I must admit I do have a few favourite pieces.

My all time favourite has to be our handpainted tea services. There is just something so wonderful about holding a completely handpainted Till item, especally when it is one of the signed pieces F.H.Bourne. (There was a Francis Bourne living at the residence of Thomas Till and we have wondered if she was the artist concerned but we are not sure that the timeline would be right. We will of course carry on checking this out. ) We have a few items in the handpainted wares including odd items from dressing table sets and other decorative items. Sadly we missed out on a complete handpainted dressing table set in 2006. We also have a significant amount of handpainted transferware which are a black background with various coloured roses and leaves linked by gold piping. This is nearly as nice for me but I must admit I would rescue the completely handpainted items from a house fire.

Handpainted Till and Sons

There is something very special about 'Shanghae' for me. It often crops up for sale so isn't that scarce and I put this down to the fact it is quite a solid and robust earthenware. We probably have about three complete dinner and tea services by now! It seems to have spanned most of Till and Sons production and we have pieces impressed with just TILL, Till and Son and Till and Sons. It is often referred to as 'India tree' - possibly because it resembles  patterns of this name by other companies. We used our very large two handled 'loving cup' tankard which we used in our wedding ceremony to have a first drink as a married couple in a Craich ceremony. We tried a small liquour at first but it disappeared on the bottom of the tankard so a 'sip' from that during the wedding would not have been elegant!! Instead we opted for a Scottish real ale :D 

'Shanghae' doubled handled tankard

I particularly like dressing table sets and wash sets as they have a real use and can be on display. There are some very pretty sets but I have a particular soft spot for 'Pekin' which is a delicate polychrome oriental pattern with lots of gilding. We have pieces with a white, pale blue and red background. The red is very different but doesn't crop up too often, sadly. However we have lots of white and blue background versions which we can mix and match a bit.


I do like our collection of jugs and teapots which are growing quickly and we still discover different styles and forms. We still have quite a few to add on to this website  - yes I know... I keep saying we will do this! Some are much nicer than others. I am not overly keen on the 'Irene' 'Ena' and 'Empire' patterns which appear to be a variation of the each other. I like the more typical Victorian excessive styles such as 'Poppy', 'Parisien', 'Alba', 'Lahore' and 'Venus'. The list isn't exhaustive because there are many patterns I really love.


Finally, one single person coffee set is my last special item. It is in a delightfully diminuative coffee can and saucer, sugar bowl and creamer and lidded coffee pot in a rich coloured paisley pattern. Sadly there is no pattern name and we have never seen another one like it - fingers crossed that we will :)  I will try to add a photograph of the coffee set soon.

Christina x

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