This catalogue is a fantastic piece of original material that confirms the ‘Standardware’ production of Briglin Pottery during the mid 70’s.
The numbers under each item would have been used to describe most of the ‘Standardwares’ to shops or anyone placing orders. There would have been a Briglin pattern book where each item was drawn, numbered and it’s details described. The book and number reference was needed to be certain what was being ordered, mistakes can be costly so it was very important to exactly describe each item. There was a Briglin Pottery pattern book.
Date – It should be possible from reading the AA book to work out the date of the catalogue as some of these patterns were only in production for a short time. My best guess ATM is 1976-1978 but there is a printers mark in the corner = MH76, so probably say 1976, it seems to fit.
The items described below formed the majority of production at Briglin Pottery during the Mid 1970. Patterns were phased in and out depending on what was selling and what was not.
SCROLL and SUNFLOWER were some of the longest running and popular patterns. Both this item and the Briglin business card acme from Mike Lovitt – Many Thanks Mike. Some one must have safely stored these two in some drawer, box in the loft or under a bed for the last forty odd years in the hope that it would useful. I find them fascinating and I’m so glad I can share them with everyone.
Note – Text in CAPS refers to standard patterns. The catalogue is described form top left of page No. 1 starting with 26b PINE
PINE – So I always considered that this was ‘HONEYSUCKLE’ standard pattern but seems it is called ‘Pine’.
26b PINE – Shown with a cork top as a storage jar.
4b PINE – Small straight sided vase – approx 120mm
4c PINE – Medium straight sided vase – approx 190mm
17 PINE – Sugar bowl – sold as part of standard coffee set
11c PINE – Milk Jug – sold part of standard coffee set
15 PINE – Coffee pot – 300mm
18/19 PINE – Typical cup and Saucer
CARAMEL – No numbers included but showing standard items with a two tone decoration; a glossy white upper half and a matte black base. These are not common and I suspect they were not made for long or very popular.
54a SUNFLOWER – One of the strange double curved cups.
55 FERN – Small mug curved sides
55a TWIST – Small mug curved sides
54 SCROLL – Large double curved mug
13 – Four squat Teacups and Saucers. In SCROLL, TWIST, CARAMEL (?) and SUNFLOWER.
20g – Four Pedistol Mugs. In SCROLL, TWIST SUNFLOWER and FERN
7 Four Goblets – I’ev not seen may of these goblets – probably not a good seller. Shown in SCROLL, TWIST, SUNFLOWER, & FERN
Note – I don’t know the exact name of the Standard ware ‘flower’ pattern wax vases. There are typical patterns. They look like apples, furn, thistles and leaf patterns, no two are the same.
24b Extra Large Vase – Straight sided 270mm x 130mm or more
4a Small Straight sided vase
4b Small Straight sided vase
32 Smalls Curved sided Vase
32d Tall Curved Vase – approx 270mm
31b – Jardinière Medium
31a – Jardinière Small
31c – Jardinière Large
Back in the Sixties the flower pots did come with a saucer and were glazed, these ones do not.
SCROLL – I think I’m right in saying that this was the longest running pattern.
27 – SCROLL Coffee set – This was sold with a slightly shorted but wider pot usually used for coffee.
SUNFLOWER – The typical 15 piece set would have composed of;
Teapot and lid (1)
Milk Jug (1)
Sugar Bowl (1)
x6 Cups and Saucers (12)
3 SCROLL – Tall Thin Mug
20 SCROLL – Standard Thin Mug
2 SCROLL – Small – Coffee Can?
1 SCROLL – Standard Mug
35 SUNFLOWER – Large Teapot
34 SUNFLOWER – Small Teapot
37 – Goblets – One day the 70’s style goblet will be back in fashon shown here are SCROLL, TWIST, SUNFLOWER & FERN version but there are many more.
37,38 SUNFLOWER Decanter Set – Sold as a seven piece set – the decanter and six goblets.
25 – Now for the interesting items. This appears to be the ‘specials’ the six small vases shown would probably only have bee a selection of this type of vase. Each one would have been different. The photos only represent the type of item. These are the non standard wares.
25a – The bud vases. Three show here =, the are usually no more than 40 to 50mm in height and normally based on standard patters but not uncommon to find specials and unusual items. These seem to have been made from the sixties onwards.
33 – Medium vases – My assumption is that the two items at the back are covered by the single number 33. Thus the decanter looking item is in fact a vase.
41 – Lamp Base – My assumption is that you could buy these with the shade, typical linen 70 shade show attached. I’ll call this a bedside lamp or small desk lam. There seems to be many more large bases but they are normally marked ENGLAND an date to the sixties. Perhaps Briglin only sold smaller bases in the 70s
TWIST – This is the standard tea set but with the pedestal mugs.
20g – TWIST – I’ve never liked them, my hands are large and the loop on the handle is too small for my chubby fingers to grip properly.
FERN – The standard FERN tea set
11a – TWIST Small Milk Jug
12 – TWIST – Jam pot
11b – TWIST – Normal Milk Jug
11c – TWIST – Large Milk Jug
21 – SCROLL – Salt &Pepper
22 – SCROLL – Egg Cup
23 – SCROLL – Small Plate
2 – SCROLL – Small – Coffee Can
19 – SCROLL – Saucer
26b &26a – Various styles – I did not think these straight sided pots were storage jars, but they are shown here with corks. They can be seen as receptacles really you can keep things in them – Unknown if they came with corks but I have not seen any with corks.
6 – SCROLL – Small Ashtray
40 – SCROLL – Small Brush Pot
6a – SCROLL – Medium Ashtray
36 – SCROLL – Candle Holder
29a – FERN – Breakfast Bowl
29b – FERN – Serving Bowl
So this is the 70s set of animals or ‘Banks’ as they were know. the small ones are not ‘piggybanks’ only the large ones. x16 in the full set.
58 – BANKS – Elephants
9 – BANKS – Owls
52 – BANKS – Rabbits
8 – BANKS – Hedgehogs
10 – BANKS – Moles
56 – BANKS – Dougals
57 – BANKS – Cats
59 – BANKS – Tortoises
There only remains to mention that I noticed that some items must have been added to the Briglin repertoire at a late stage and been given a higher number as they were recorded in the book. So worth noting that the ashtrays have low numbers as they were popular but the cats and Dougals have relatively high numbers meaning they were added later.
I’ll finish with some general photos – There is a lovely photo of Brigitta on the back page along with the following description of the Pottery;
Brigitta Appleby established Briglin Pottery
in 1948 with the objective of producing
original, handmade, high quality earthenware.
This she has achieved, and consistently
maintained, so that it has become London’s
most successful and enterprising pottery.
Today Briglin is a closely integrated team
which incorporates quality craftsmanship
with imagination and individuality. The
pottery is defined by its distinctive style
of decoration using wax resist. This catalogue
shows some of the current standard designs
of Briglin’s large but exclusive range.
Visitors are always welcome to look around
the studio and showroom situated in the
heart of London’s West End