I must confess that since Thanksgiving 2013, I have added a little collection of eight turkey dinner plates to my Thanksgiving table. Going to Replacements ALWAYS gets me in trouble, but what a lovely trouble it is! I thought one of my Thanksgiving tables should be dressed with a little additional color…not just blue and white. So I have added an Enoch Wood pattern (Burslem, England of course!),” Turkey-Blue Multicolor ” to the flow blue mix . I love the yellow, rose, and bright green colors in this pattern, mixed with several shades of blue!
I love researching each of my patterns and transporting myself back to that time in history. The Woods family was a major force in the development of Staffordshire wares and a celebrated family of ” the potters”. Enoch Wood apprenticed with Wedgewood and in 1783 started his own business in Burslem , England, along with his cousin Ralph Wood III. Later in 1790, they partnered with James Caldwell. Burslem is one of the six towns that amalgamated to form the current city of Stoke-on-Trent, in the ceremonial county of Staffordshire in the Midlands of England. In 1818, Mr. Wood bought out Caldwell and the company became known as Enoch Woods and Sons. In 1840, Mr. Wood died and the company was closed in 1846. This firm made all of the wares that were current in Straffordshire at the time, and large quanities of “blue-printed” transfer earthenware were produced, much of which was exported to the United States.
This mark would indicate that this pattern was made during the period that Enoch Wood and his cousin Ralph Wood III were together, around 1783 and 1818.
I will combine this pattern with my flow blue patterns for our Thanksgiving tables. I believe that I will use this pattern in our dining room, as I have lots of greens and golds in that room. This is such a great pattern to pair with lots of color, which I will do in my floral centerpieces!
Hopefully, I will have time during Thanksgiving week to show you the finished table with this lovely new pattern!
And if I were looking for additional turkey platters, which sadly I am not, I might add this beauty , which is “Turkey –Blue and Turkey- Blue Multicolor”, from Enoch Wood and Sons.