Sunday, September 24, 2006
Belleek Newslettre (# 10.4)
** SALE !! SALE !! **
WELL, IT’S HERE !! YES, what I promised ALL of you
Belleekers several months back !! The SALE of
Dickinson’s Belleek Estate !! You may access
including sales and shipping, rules
and regulations, as well as ALL
lots with associated
pictures of every item at the following Site
Berdell Dickinson Auction !!
REMEMBER, this is a SALE, NOT
an Auction !! It will
be STRICKLY ‘first come, first
serve’ !! There are
approximately 240 Lots, offering
Many items have been SOLD, BUT if you see a
‘PENDING’ you may still indicate a
it and you will be put on a first-come offer
that Lot(s) !!
PLEASE, FORWARD (FWD) this E-mail to ALL your Belleeker
associates so EVERYONE has
to participate in this marvelous sale !! THANKS !!
** 2007 CONVENTION !!
By now, ALL of you should have received your Spring
BCIS Newsletter !!
Included, you should have
discouvered an information bulletin and
form for our upcoming Convention at the Belleek
Ireland, April 18 - 21, 2007 !!
I won't repeat ALL the splendid information here,
BUT I will add a Link
where you will discouver
identical information as well as a Link JUST
obtained, regarding a POST-Convention Tour of
For additional Registration Forms or Convention
please visit the following
HAPPY BELLEEKING and see you all at the Pottery
next Spring !!
** CHICAGO SUMMER ANTIQUE FAIR !!
Well, I’ll relate the positives AND negatives to
you regarding this years Summer Antique
Fair in Chicago !!
First off, there was NO traffic going TO the
so I arrived like OVER 2 hours early !!
A POSITIVE !!
Unfortunately, there were thunder
storms in Chicago
and their airport(s) were ALL
CLOSED so, our 10:40AM
flight left right on time
at 3PM !! (BIT of a negative !!)
By this time, so many people had ‘just given up’,
airlines didn’t have a clue as to who WAS on their
SO, JUST prior to takeoff, they stopped
the plane and
did a ‘roll-call’ by hand-raise ?? 15
minutes later we
FINALLY departed !!
Upon arrival in Chicago, there were SO many poor
folks that had missed their connections, the hotel
buses were packed as people begin to fight for rooms !!
In any case, the show didn’t begin till noon the
following day so I had a good nights rest after
splendid dinner !!
Before the show opening, I met up with our hosts
the Grand Rapids, MI, 2005 Convention, and
an early afternoon tour of the fair, we
a wonderful lunch !!
Unfortunately, this year’s fair had no where near the
participants of past years so it was EASY to traverse
the aisles in a decent amount of time !!
Although the show was ‘small’ in size, the quality
the merchandise offered for purchase was very
One item we all ‘joked’ about was a
nouveaux nude female figurine, cast in bronze,
a bird on her wrist !! She stood approximately 8
tall and was priced appropriately at a mere $95,000 !!
OH WELL, I couldn’t have carried her home even though
she would have looked splendid in my living room !!
My trip home was via Amtrak, and REGARDLESS of
said, THEY DID LEAVE ON TIME and arrived
Seattle about a half hour AHEAD of schedule !!
** FOR ALL YOUR DISPLAY NEEDS !!
If you recall, several Newslettres back, as I
from the Summer Antique Fair in Atlantic
City, I presented
my latest acquisition of a Steiff
Penguin !! Well, in the
interim, I’ve been attempting
to discouver a source for
dust free environments for
objects d’art !! The following
Site, has MULTITUDES
of such objects, from containers
for your dolls and
baseballs to ‘risers’ for your
Cups, etc. !!
Give them a look-see !!
They also handle a full complement of business items
card and folder holders as well as small
display cases and earring,
and necklace mounts,
** NOW WE KNOW !!
"A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus,
if you let fruit
rot, it turns into wine, something
Brussels sprouts never do."
** APPLES AND INKWELLS !!
Speaking of fruits, as it’s getting on into our Fall
I’m tempted to compose a bit about
Washington State’s fabulous fruits, the apple !! For
me, apples bring back fond memories of candied apples
at the State
Fairs, MOM’s apple pies and or course,
bobbing for apples on
Keeping this in mind, I have absolutely NO idea what
to produce their infamous Apple Leaf
Inkwell ?? I’m pretty
sure that the origin of the
Apple Leaf Inkwell has NOTHING to do with
Tell and his son ??
Then, I thought of school children bringing
their teachers !! I then reminisced on my past and
that I probably should have been delivering
bushels of apples every day
My attention then directed my thoughts to the old
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ !!
more research, lead me to the complete, and
might I say here, proper
An apple a day
Sends the doctor away
Apple in the morning
Starves the doctor outright
Eat an apple going to bed
the doctor on the head
Three each day, seven days a week
Ruddy apple, ruddy cheek
I thought more on this subject and scientifically
note that apples
originate from the flowers, or
those beautiful little apple blossoms,
on the apple
trees !! For the apples to begin to develop,
required that they be cross-pollinated by bees !!
did Belleek see some connection between their
bees on the Grass Honey
Pot and their apples ??
Of course, we’ll never know !!
whatever reason, Belleek produced, early on in
its existence, what they
dubbed, appropriately, the
Apple Leaf Inkwell !! The ink is maintained
inner chamber, which, when not in use is covered over
which, is hollow !!
This proved to be a very ingenious design !! So much
so, in fact,
that the Pottery made a slight modification
to the actual inkwell, such
it would support a
candle, added a ‘twig’ handle,
and created the
Leaf Nite Stick !! We should note here, that around the
turn of the 20th Century, Nite Sticks were VERY popular
a necessity for every day life !!
The Apple Leaf
Inkwell is a 1st Period piece !!
also impressed ‘Belleek Co. Fermanagh’ !!
long as I’m discussing inkwells, I thought it
appropriate to introduce Belleek’s other entry
into this realm, the Mermaid Inkwell !!
This item is much easier to speculate as to the
production choice by the Pottery !! Obviously, it
kept pace with their production of ocean and sea
oriented pieces !!
Unfortunately, this is a VERY difficult item to
photograph as it has an extremely low profile and
with the addition of the high sheen glaze, has a
tendency to reflect an inordinate amount of light
with any attempt to capture a photographic image !!
What’s extremely interesting regarding this item,
is its finial !! If you examine any of your Belleek
reference books, you will note, in the picture of
Mermaid Inkwell in the 1904 Catalogue, that the
finial ‘appears’ to be (five) branches of coral ??
finial on my example in DEFINITELY a FROG !!
examined this finial from EVERY angle, and
way this is branches of coral !!
Note also, the coral branches supplied for your quill
pen to rest on !! Remember, that when inkwells were
prevalent, quill pens were the norm !! They were the
predecessor to the
pens which, were
introduced around 1900 !! They were then
by today’s ballpoint pen, which,
we are all familiar
with and were not invented until the
should note here that today’s calligraphers STILL use
quill fashioned pens to produce their beautiful
BUT, this is entirely another subject
and story for another day !!
The Mermaid Inkwell is a
2nd Period piece !!
Note the Frog Finial !!
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ENJOY and see
ALL of you at the 2007 Convention !!
Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street
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