Belleek Newslettre (# 11.4)
IN FONDEST MEMORY **
I received the
following devastating news on 24-Oct-07 !!
Jeanne Chartier was a
friend of mine and will
be greatly missed in our Belleek community !!
who have not seen this prior, I’m
enclosing her son Paul’s
succinct eulogy of her
“It is with
great sadness that I tell you that my Mom died
yesterday in a car accident. She and my Dad were passengers
in the back
seat of a van which ran off the road and struck
a tree. She died
“If you knew
my Mom well you knew her spirit, fiestyness,
language, love of family, love for her grandkids, enduring
love for her
husband, my Dad who is a sweet and kind man,
passion for Irish
Belleek...and staunch conservatism.
She was truly one of a kind!
being sent to the four corners of the world
all friends my Mom. She would consistently send out
forward funny and, maybe not so funny notes,
but she included you in
her daily activity and thoughts.
I'm not so sure my Dad is too e-mail
friendly and I'm
happy to relay anything to him you wish.
Mom will be cremated, no other definite plans have
been made regarding
a memorial service but she and my Dad
never would want to inconvenience
anyone so traveling
here isn't expected.
for your part in the life of my Mom...I know
miss her greatly!"
If any of her Belleeker
friends would like to contact
her husband, Ed, and don’t have her telephone
please establish contact via their son
Paul at the above
E-mail ID !!
BABY NEW YEAR !!
A little Searching around the Internet and I discouvered :
“The custom of using a baby to symbolize the New Year
in Greece around 600 B.C. The Greeks celebrated
their God of Wine,
Dionysus, by parading a baby in a
basket to represent the annual
rebirth of Dionysus as
the spirit of fertility. The early Egyptians
the baby as a symbol of rebirth.
early Christians denounced the practice of
using a baby as being pagan
in nature, its significance
as a personification of rebirth later
forced the Church
to reevaluate its position. Eventually, it was
that Church members would be permitted to celebrate the
Year using a symbolic baby, provided it illustrated
the birth of the
“The use of a baby's image as a banner for New
celebrations was brought to America by the Germans, who
the effigy since the Fourteenth Century.”
Reference (another fine
Site !!) :
For my part, I would like to nominate Baby Lincoln
Baby New Year 2008 !!
Here’s Precious Little Lincoln at about 8 Months
AND I PERSONALLY would like to wish ALL Belleekers
there the MOST JOYFUL and PROSPEROUS New Year !!
FINAL SALE !! **
You have ONLY DAYS LEFT !!
Berdell Dickinson’s nephew has informed me that
offering ALL remaining Belleek in Berdell’s
according to the following FANTISTIC sale terms !! As
receive this, his FINAL Sale IS ENDING !! SO,
take a look so not to miss out on
This is your last chance to make these beautiful Belleek
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”, “where
is” and all
sales are final; no returns or refunds.
You may view and purchase items directly at the following
Dickinson Auction !!
Please browse this collection. You will
find many rare
and desirable items at an extraordinary value. There is
provision on the site to forward any questions you may
any item. Enjoy shopping for a fine
addition to your Belleek
REMEMBER, this is a SALE, NOT an Auction !! It
STRICKLY ‘first come, first serve’ !! There
originally, approximately 240 Lots, offering something
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
PLEASE, FORWARD (FWD) this E-mail to ALL your
friends and associates so EVERYONE has an opportunity to
participate in this marvelous sale !! THANKS !!
** 2009 CONVENTION !!
YES, it’s just around the corner, at least the way I
procrastinate !! I’ve been in contact with the organizing
Belleekers for our upcoming 2009 Convention and they
promise another spectacular affair !!
I’ve not got any specifics as yet, BUT as soon as I
receive any confirmations I’ll be passing the information
on to everyone !!
SO, for now, this space is RESERVED for Convention 2009 !!
BIGGEST AND BADDEST !!
I discouvered this Internet Site while Surfing around
one day and thought that some of you Belleekers might
There are REALLY some amazing facts at this Site !!
ENJOY your discouveries !!
** NEWSLETTRE ARCHIVES !!
I’ve made a minor change to my Newslettre Archives
where you may read thru ALL past issues of my
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 the
articles a bit quicker !! THANKS !!
E-BAY TEAPOT AUCTION !!
There was a WEE BIT of concern during our splendid
Convention as several
of our attending members were
interested in a particular
Belleek Tea Pot being offered
on E-Bay !!
BUT, this is another story for another time with another
picture in another dimension !! THAT TIME IS NOW !!
** RING HANDLE IVORY WARE !!
I just finished a walk around my condominium, actually
break, and discouvered that one of my Ring Handle
Ware Cups and Saucers I still have from my
collecting days !!
Belleek’s Ring Handle Ware is probably one of the more
if not THE MOST basic of ALL Belleek ware patterns !!
native form, the ware is very vague, with smooth
and lacking in frills such as fancy feet and
finials !! The most
complex component of its design is
its circular handle, thus,
providing the pattern name of
Ring Handle !! The Ivory
nomenclature stems from its
ABSOLUTE basic ivory colour
when its void of decoration !!
Fortunately, it’s this plainness that attracts its
adornment !! The natural smooth surfaces shout out
decoration and that’s precisely what Belleek’s
and designers did with most of this ware !!
If you glance thru any of your reference books and
you will discouver that Belleek’s craft people
pattern for decoration ranging from simple
painted bands of colour and
various design including
Celtic and Masonic, crested coat of arms,
of flowers, scenic wild fowl and supplementary
to a MOST famous Tea Set commissioned by Dr. O. Ternan
and painted by Eugene Sheerin !!
But, like usual, I digress from our
story !! Over the
it’s been 36 now, of my collecting, I’ve
accumulated what I
consider a rather nice assemblage of
examples of Ring Handle Ivory Ware
!! I have a couple
Crested Cups and Saucers, another Cup/Saucer and
Plate with a Bittern or
Crane finely decorating them and
recently acquired a Scenic
Cup and Saucer attributed to
Eugene Sheerin !!
But my main love of Ring Handle
Ivory Ware decoration
is the painted bouquets, consisting of
Dog Rose Flowers,
sometimes referred to as Limoges
Decoration, which, is
possibly a misnomer !!
Within this particular design and decoration, I have
several Coffee Cups/Saucers, a Tea Cup/Saucer,
a pair of Cake
Plates, an Egg Cup, a Cream and Sugar,
Covered Muffin Dish, several
Side Plates and FINALLY,
THE Tea Pot !!
Prior to our 2007 Convention, a chap in Scotland listed,
E-Bay his Limoges Tea Pot at Auction !! Undaunted, I
our Convention and begin discussing THIS Tea Pot
whom I considered other primary and compulsory
As the bidding would terminate on the Monday
I was obligated to leave my ‘best’
bid as I had NO
concerning my exact whereabouts
in pointing me
at any moment past Convention end !!
Leaving my profusely absurd bid, I
was VERY fortunate
to discouver, that upon returning from
evening, that I was the fortunate bidder
by a SLIM margin
of £10 !! I laboured the remainder of
arranging for proper payment along with
FULL insurance !! My PRIZED Tea Pot
‘followed’ me home
and arrived at my doorstep only
several days past my
A Belleeker friend of mine was excited to examine
treasure and she visited one afternoon
to view it !!
Following our Stroke-on-Trent Convention,
I had purchased
a Limoges Side Plate for her collection,
but she turned
it down as she didn’t appreciate the
superb decoration at
that moment ?? NO WORRY,
JUST another addition for my
collection !! AND, YES,
it’s NO longer for sale !!
In any case, following a brief examination of my
she remarked that the ‘multi-dimensional’
a decoration MUCH more
attractive and desirable to her !!
she was referring to the decoration
on the rounded
sides of the Tea Pot as opposed to an
example on a one
dimensional surface like a Tea Saucer
or Plate !!
If you are fortunate to possess any Ring Handle
your collection, you will note that a significant
of the decoration is applied in a heavy enamel
paint, facilitating the ‘raised’ effect of
which, apparently produces a perceived lifelike appearance !!
There DOES exist, at least in the 1904 Belleek Catalogue,
a picture of a Tray in Ring Handle Ivory Ware !! BUT, I’ve
yet to obtain
the privilege of ever viewing one in person !!
Well, I guess
that’s ANOTHER 20 year quest ??
we see examples of the decoration
on both a flat
on the Tea Saucer and a ‘simple’
i.e., bi-dimension, on the Tea Cup !!
Here we see the MARVELOUS Tea Pot !!
is what I refer to as tri-dimensional,
the surface is curved both
horizontally and vertically !!
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