October 22, 2007
Belleek Newslettre (# 11.3)
We have a number of fellow Belleekers whom are
my Newslettre and I’d like to welcome them
ALL !! Best
wishes and now on with some news !!
FINAL SALE !! **
I’ve just finished chatting with Berdell’s nephew
he has informed me that he’s offering ALL remaining
Belleek in Berdell’s collection according to the
FANTISTIC sale terms !! As you
his FINAL Sale HAS BEGUN !! SO,
you should immediately
take a look so not to miss out on that special
and GET YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING
DONE EARLY !!
This is your last chance to make these beautiful
items your own. Our prices will never be
lower. These sale prices will
only be available
through the holidays; then the items will no longer
be for sale and our web site will be closed.
All remaining Belleek items in Berdell Dickinson’s
are closing out at 50% off the original
prices listed in this web site.
You need to select
your favorites now; they will go quickly at these
These discounts are subject to all other terms stated
on this web site. All sales are “as is”,
and all sales are final; no returns or refunds.
You may view and purchase items directly at the
following Site :
Dickinson Auction !!
Please browse this collection. You will
find many rare
and desirable items at an extraordinary value. There
provision on the site to forward any questions you
may have regarding
any item. Enjoy shopping for a
fine addition to your Belleek
REMEMBER, this is a SALE, NOT an Auction !! It
be STRICKLY ‘first come, first serve’ !! There
originally, approximately 240 Lots, offering
Most items have been SOLD, BUT if you see a Lot
‘PENDING’ you may still indicate a
desire to purchase
it and you will be put on a first-come offer list
that Lot(s) !!
PLEASE, FORWARD (FWD) this E-mail to ALL your
friends and associates so EVERYONE has an opportunity
participate in this marvelous sale !! THANKS !!
** COULD THIS REALLY BE ??
Word origins :
In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled
Ladies Forbidden ....
.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English
** EXCHANGE RATES BY COUNTRY AND YEAR !!
I FINALLY discouvered the Site I’ve Searched the
for YEARS in vain !! This Site has the Currency
Exchange Rates for virtually EVERY country and
combination you can imagine !!
Just think, we can NOW convert the 1904 Belleek
Catalogue prices from U.K. Pounds into U.S. Dollars !!
For your perusal, here’s the Conversion Site :
FOR MEN ONLY !!
Like a lot of husbands throughout history, Webster
would sit down and
try to talk to his wife. But as
soon as he would start to say
something, his wife
would say, ".... And what's that supposed to mean?"
Thus, Webster's Dictionary was born.
NEWSLETTRE ARCHIVES !!
I’ve made a minor change to my Newslettre Archives
Site, where you may read thru ALL past issues of my
Newslettre !! I’ve reversed the listing format, so to
have the most recent Newslettres listed first instead
of at the end of my list !! This will make locating
more recent articles a bit quicker !! THANKS !!
** ENVIRONMENTALLY CORRECT ??
One day a man was walking in the woods when he got
lost. For two days
he roamed around trying to find
a way out. He had not eaten anything
during this period
and was famished. Over on a rock ledge he spotted a
bald eagle, killed it and started to eat it.
Surprisingly a couple of
park rangers happen to find
him at that moment and arrested him for
At court, he plead innocent to the
charges against him
claiming that if he didn't eat the bald eagle he
have died from starvation. The judge ruled in his favor.
judge's closing statement he asked the man, "I
would like you to tell
me something before I let you go.
I have never eaten a bald eagle, nor
ever plan on it.
What did it taste like?"
The man answered, "Well, it
tasted like a cross between
a whooping crane and a spotted owl."
HATPIN HOLDERS !!
As with most if not all collectibles, sometimes we
find that one
collection leads us to yet another
similar or related collectible !!
If you aren’t currently aware, I begin construction
of what I
refer to as My Belleek Museum in
approximately the year 1970 !!
I also had a lifelong
fascination with penguins and over the years
accumulated some of these as well !!
Of course, there’s NO
similarity between Belleek and
penguins, unless, of course, you
REALLY wish to stretch
your imagination wildly and confess to
the fact that
Belleek did, for several years, produce a pair of
Belleek Polar Bears, penguins being one of their main
food sources !!
In any case, one day, an E-Bay Auction
Australia, offered a Belleek Patty’s Pig Hat Pin
Holder !! SO, now we see a connection between Belleek
and hat pin
holders !! But, there are literally
THOUSANDS of different and
distinct hat pins as well
as hundreds of fashionable hat pin holders !!
But prior to continuation, let’s regress a bit for
From Wikipedia, the free Internet
encyclopedia we discouver
a very fine definition of
a hatpin :
“A hatpin is a decorative pin for holding a hat to
usually by the hair. In Western culture, a
hatpin is almost solely a
female item and is often
worn in a pair. They are typically around 20cm
in length, with the pinhead being the most
“The hatpin was invented to hold wimples and veils in
and was hand-made. In Britain, demand eventually
outgrew the number
that could be supplied by hand-
making, and they began to be imported
from France. In
1832, an American machine was invented to manufacture
the pins, and they became much more affordable. In
Britain, they rose
to popularity towards the end of
the Victorian era, and continue to be
“Hatpins are also collectible items, and there is an
Hatpin Society for collectors.”
Encyclopędia Britannica <>
Accessed August 16, 2005.
Encyclopedia of Hatpins and
by Lillian Baker
Therefore, I decided to combine my
penguins and love of Belleek
to ferret out porcelain
and possibly glass manufactures of
hat pin holders in
the shape of penguins !!
The first I discouvered, was from the famous Pottery
Royal Bayreuth !! It’s a fascinating item of
5” in height with some rather unusual
colouring !! As you
will see from my photo (below),
he also has an inquisitive
backward glance from his
eyes !! Unfortunately, I was NOT
able to acquire an
example of this penguin hat pin holder for the next
To get a brief history of Royal Bayreuth, I turned to
Price Guide, where, we discouver that
Royal Bayreuth is the name of a
factory that was
founded in Tettau, Bavaria, in 1794. It has continued
to modern times. The marks have changed through the
years. A stylized
crest, the name Royal Bayreuth, and
the word Bavaria appear in slightly
from 1870 to about 1919. Later dishes may include the
words U.S. Zone, the year of the issue, or the word
Germany instead of
In the mean time, I came across another E-Bay Auction
was offering a Ryde China Penguin whom, could also
as a hat pin holder !! I was successful in
this bid, BUT unfortunately
my poor Ryde Penguin was
misplaced somehow in shipment and
he was lost somewhere
around the world ?? OH well, I’ll get
a Ryde another
Here are two splendid examples of hat
pin holders !!
On the left, a Royal Bayreuth in the shape of a
although it appears more
like a gargoyle to me ??
And, of course, our revered Belleek Pig on the
So, now I decide that I’d better set my sights on at
one hat pin to place in my hat pin holders !!
My BIG collection
of ALL TWO of them !! Another E-Bay
an actual penguin hat pin !! NOT the
holder, but the BIG
long SHARP pin !! And here’s his
CUTE little picture !!
A LARGER than normal hat
pin at approximately 11¼”
(approximately 28cm) with
hand blown glass
Note the Silver crown on his head !!
NOW, I know that MANY of you Belleekers out there
have secondary and tertiary collecting interest !!
any of you would like to compose a short story
your endeavours for me, I’d be glad to share it
our friends !!
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