1850s Pair of Antique Bathwell & Goodfellow Blue & White China Shell Dishes.
We are delighted to have this opportunity to offer you these 1850s Pair of Antique Bathwell & Goodfellow Blue & White China Shell Dishes. They are extremely rare and have a very interesting history!
Imported by Babcock Brothers, Evansville, IA.
The back mark proved difficult to trace but, thanks to the help of the Vintage & Antiques Community on Google Plus, we finally tracked it down. The detective story around tracing the manufacturer, importer, and the possible reason why these plates, destined for the U.S, never made it to the U.S is told in the following blog: Please Click on this link to read in a new tab
These lovely blue and white shell dishes were made in Staffordshire at the Phoenix Pottery, Tunstall, by Bathwell & Goodfellow for import by the Babcock Brothers of Evansville, Indiana, for the U.S market.
The dishes are in fair antique condition with no cracks or restoration. They are not perfect and have quite a lot of crazing and one or two chips in the china on the front surface of each dish. The embossed blue hand painted motif is very slightly chipped in places.
They are highly decorative dishes for collectors of Antique Staffordshire Pottery or Blue and White.
Approximate Maximum Dimensions of One Dish
- length: 22cm (8.7″)
- Width: 12.5cm (4.9″)
- Base length: 14cm (5.5″)
- Base Width: 7.8cm (3.1″)
- Height: 4cm (1.6″)