December 28, 2008
Belleek Newslettre (# 12.4)
2009 CONVENTION !!
LATEST NEWS !!
are welcomed to email Pat at :
631-665-4680 or write to Patricia Hennessey,
38 Woodland Drive,
Brightwaters, NY 11718 about any
of these following items or other
The North Jersey Convention Committee is getting
to the final tasks for the convention. Music and
have been booked, the program planning
is underway; we are looking
forward to a great convention
with long time and new Belleek friends.
PLEASE share the following with ALL your Belleeker
We are urging people to make their hotel reservations
so that the hotel
continues to hold the block of rooms
for us and all attendees can be in
the same location as
remember to mention that you're a
BELLEEKER attending the B.C.I.S. 2009 Convention !! The
DISCOUNT Marriott Hotel Code is : "bicbica" !!
Of course, Angela and George Moore, Society President
Owner, respectively, will be in attendance
as well as Patricia
McCauley, Manager of the Visitor’s
Centre at the Pottery !!
Fergus Cleary, Belleek’s Head of Design, will be in
attendance with a special discussion regarding Belleek !!
his extraordinary presentation will remain
secretive until convention
time BUT, I promise, this
will be one of the key offerings of our
In addition to speakers on Belleek, the program committee
that a member of the International Society of
Appraisers will be one of
the speakers. Linda Roberts,
ISA, AM, has a strong interest in European
hand painted porcelains and has qualified as an "Appraiser
As Expert Witness". She is open to topics or specifics
like her to address in her remarks.
John Maguire, Managing Director of the Belleek Pottery
George Davis, the US Belleek Distributor for
Reed and Barton, are
expected to be available to join us
for at least part of our Convention
The NJ Chapter has been photographing members' unique
Belleek for a
calendar to be sold at the convention.
IMPORTANT : The Convention
organizers are compiling a
listing of Belleek items for which attendees
searching. There are always pieces we want !! People
invited to let me know if there are some things they
like to see in the sales room. Hopefully
such a listing will give the
vendors an opportunity to
bring such items. I will not share names,
only the items.
Individuals and chapters are invited to send me their
There will also be a restorer at the convention, as
part of the sales
room, available to look at Belleek
pieces and give estimates on
"Restorations by Louis" comes highly recommended
his Belleek work. He also works in early stoneware,
papier-mâché, ivory and jade as well as gold
on fine porcelain. His work is not limited to fine
antiques; it also
includes contemporary collectibles
such as Lladro, Boehm and Royal
Doulton. People are
invited to bring items in need of restoration for
We still have room in the program book for a few more
ads if anyone is
interested. The ad application with
size and cost information can be
found in the Convention
Information at Site :
We plan to begin to work on the book right after
Jan. 1, 2009 and need
ads by then.
If you haven't received your Convention Information as
yet, please Navigate around my Site below and you'll be
able to obtain ALL the information you'll require
regarding Registration, Proposed Convention Itinerary,
information specific to Convention Donations as well as
a Page dedicated to sights, sounds and gastronomical
experiences in the Garden State !!
NOTE : Registration and Auction pages are single sheet
printable while, the Itinerary and Sights and Sounds
pages are two pages each !!
If you would, PLEASE pass this Convention Link on to ALL
Members or friends that you feel will be
attending !! THANKS !!
SEE YOU ALL IN NEW JERSEY NEXT YEAR !!
AGAIN, people are welcomed to email Pat at :
OR call 631-665-4680 or write to Patricia
38 Woodland Drive, Brightwaters, NY 11718 about any
items or other convention questions.
HOW UNFAIR ??
In one of K.C.'s classes, they were discussing the
qualifications to be
president of the United States.
It was pretty simple - the candidate
must be a natural
born citizen of at least 35 years of age. However,
girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair
requirement to be a natural born citizen.
In short, her opinion was that this requirement
prevented many capable
individuals from becoming
president. KC and the class were just taking
and letting her rant, but everyone's jaw hit the floor
wrapped up her argument by stating, "What
makes a natural born citizen
any more qualified to
lead this country than one born by C-section?"
O.K. HERE’S ONE OF MY FAVOURTIES !!
A young couple decides to have an outside barbeque
constructed on the patio of their new home !!
with a brick mason whom is known not
only for his construction
skills but his ability to
estimate cost and materials !!
Our mason gathers together brick, mortar and iron work
preparation for his task !! Ultimately, he constructs
marvelous of barbeque fireplaces and stands
back to admire
his achievements !!
As he regards his genius, he glances down and notices
has a single brick remaining !! This is most
distressing to him as
he considers himself a master
craftsperson and has never had
left over materials
from any of his previous construction !!
He is extremely frustrated and contemplates frantically
to do with this lone brick !!
What do you think he finally does with this lowly brick ??
(Read on for answer !!)
** ROSENBAUM COLLECTION SALE !!
Jon Rosenbaum has placed his late parent’s Belleek
up for sale !! There are still some very
fine and interesting
items left and he invites you
to visit my Link below for your
perusal and purchase !!
If you are curious regarding a particular item please
him directly !! Both his E-mail address and
telephone are on
his list !! If you desire a picture
let Jon know and he’ll do
his best to accommodate your
PLEASE take a moment and pass this Link on to ALL your
Belleeker friends and acquaintances !! Don’t worry
someone else contacting the same person(s) as
that everyone would rather receive ‘duplicate
E-mails’ as opposed to NOT receiving this important
Remember, the Holiday Season is upon us and there’s
SPLENDID gifts in this fine collection as well
additions to your own
ANSWER TIME ??!!
PRETTY EASY !! He simply threw the brick away ??!!
O.K., so that’s not so funny ?? Try this one !!
A tour bus is on route around Ireland unveiling the
marvels of the
countryside to its occupants !! A nice
lady is sitting, holding her
little Yorkie in her lap,
next to a somewhat obnoxious gentleman
who’s smoking a
repulsive cigar !!
The lady finally turns to the man and requests that
put out his cigar as its bothersome to not only her,
but to other
passengers as well !! The man flatly
refuses her request !!
In response, the lady threatens to throw his cigar out
the window if he
continues smoking !! The man retaliates
by threatening to toss her
Yorkie out the window !! Of
course, the man continues smoking !!
Undaunted, the lady grabs the man’s cigar and throws
the window !!
The man immediately retaliates,
as he promised, by grabbing her Yorkie
and tossing the
poor thing out of the moving bus window !!
The woman jumps to her feet, screaming, and yells to
the tour guide to
have the bus stopped !! The bus driver
stops immediately and many of
the passengers look out
the windows to see what’s happened !!
Still screaming, the lady disembarks and looks down the
road for her
precious Yorkie !! Low and behold, the cute
little Yorkie is spotted,
up the road, toward
the bus !!
As he approaches the bus, the passengers notice the dog
in its mouth !!
IT’S AMAZING !!
What do you think the Yorkie’s carrying in his mouth ??
THE CIGAR !!
NO, NO !! He got the BRICK !!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
I was going to press with another Christmas article,
couldn’t gather the necessary background I required !!
SO, this morning, I CHANGED EVERYTHING !!
A number of years ago, 1980 to be exact, the Pottery
its Holly Pattern Tea Ware !! This wonderful
range of Tea Ware was only
produced for a quite limited
period of time, I believe only two,
maximum of three
years !! In your B.C.I.S. Newsletter, Volume 2, Number
1980, the Pottery claims to have produced Dinner Plates,
Plates, Soup Bowl and accompanying (under) Plate,
Tea and Coffee Cups
and matching Saucers, Candlestick,
Ashtray, Salt and Pepper Shakers,
Cream Jug and Sugar
Bowl, Coffee Mug, Ashtray and (Dinner) Bell to
this Wares Varieties !!
I can discouver NO mention of this Tea Ware in any of
Pottery (Sales) Guides ?? I have seen a
number of the individual items,
but to date have not
had the privilege of admiring a complete place
As you will discouver from your B.C.I.S. Newsletter,
Volume 5, Number
3, 1983, the Pottery introduced the
cousin to the Holly Pattern, the
Collection !! The Pottery’s 1983 (Suggested)
Price Guide, list 11 total items in this beautiful
These include Tea Cup and matching Saucer,
Butter Plate, Salad Plate,
Dinner Plate, Sugar Bowl,
Cream Jug, (Dinner) Bell, Candlestick,
(Preserve) Jar and Coffee Mug !!
In 1984, the Pottery augmented this Collection with 6
Bread/Cake Plate, Candy/Butter Dish,
Salt & Pepper Shakers,
Biscuit Jar and Pie Server !!
I am not clear as to the difference
between the 1983
and 1984 Butter Dish ??
Both Collections display their own beauty !! The
Pattern is constructed on a ‘smooth’
similar to that of the Ring Handle Ivory
Pattern, with its hand painted
decoration in dark
forest green holly leaves containing brilliant red
berries !! In contrast, the Enchanted Holly was produced
similar to that of Belleek’s Shamrock Ware, with
leaves more of a multi-toned pastel greens
with again vivid red berries
Of course, in most cases,
the actual ‘shapes’ of
the individual items are quite
distinct from their
‘surface’ counterparts !!
BUT, as usual, I transgress !! I didn’t really wish
discuss these two ranges of Belleek ware, but
just to provide a bit
of background from the Pottery’s
What I desire to discuss is the utilization or
accommodation of a pair
of Belleek items as music
boxes !! SPECIFICALLY, Christmas musical
In 1986, a specialty jewelry store, Kruckemeyer and
the production of a Limited Edition
of 300 music boxes, utilizing
Preserve Jar as the housing containing musical works
from the world renowned Swiss musical works company
I would have to believe that Belleek constructed
the entire music box,
i.e., was responsible for the
insertion of the musical works, as each
is marked with it’s appropriate Edition
Number on it’s
base in gold numbering, similar to ALL other
Limited Editions !!
As you will see from the picture below, the Preserve
Jar was employed
in it’s vanilla ‘flavour’, i.e., from
exterior it still appears to be a simple Preserve
Jar, for this design
!! It contains, of course, a 7th
Period (GOLD) Pottery Mark as well as
the Edition Number
(136 in this example) of 300 commissioned on its
Silent Night !!
I’ve included a picture below, for a detailed close-up
installation of the musical works !! Simply,
lift the lid of your
Preserve Jar, wind up the
and pull the start lever ‘up’ !! The
selected a fine
Kelly Green Felt for the platform of
the musical works !!
The following year, 1987, Belleek produced, or was
another music box !! Belleek’s
Irish Cottage Cheese Dish was
selected as a VERY
appropriate structure for the musical works !!
Until this time, Belleek’s Cottage Cheese Dish appeared
two flavours, the ‘plain’ or undecorated Dish and
the more elaborate and decorated variety !!
is simply done with a plain glaze with cob luster on
roof, windows and door !! The latter, is additionally
brownish and greenish twigs for the
thatched roofing and, as I recall,
bits of green grasses
around the base of the house as well as some
lightly decorated doors and windows !!
In any case, in 1987, Belleek’s Christmas Cottage was
As you can see in my picture below,
the hand painted decoration
on this item is brilliant !!
There are grasses and flowers around the
base of the
house !! The door and window shutters are painted !!
and candles are displayed in the windows !!
Sprays of Christmas
evergreens decorate the sides of
the doorway !! There’s
snowflakes on the thatched
roof, BUT I
can’t figure out why the thatching itself
was NOT decorated
more elaborately, i.e., similar to
‘production’ Painted Cottage Cheese Dish ??
Additionally, a LARGE wreath was hand painted on the
side of the house
with the Year 1987 above the wreath
and the Limited Edition Number (22
in this case) of
300 below it !! This is, of course, also a 7th. Period
(GOLD) Pottery Mark piece, which, is applied on the
base of the Dish !!
Belleek’s SPECTACULAR Christmas Musical
Irish Cottage Cheese
performs time honoured White Christmas !!
I believe these to be the ONLY pair of music boxes ever
the Belleek Pottery ?? Possibly, the
combination of obtaining a firm
to accept the actual
commission and later marketing was problematic ??
possibly, the resources involved at the Pottery itself
of an item requiring cooperation between
multiple companies, i.e.,
pottery and musical works,
presented hurtles not easily overcome ??
I’m further perplexed by the lack of these in Belleek
Collections !! O.K., so this was a Limited Edition of
300 !! WHERE ARE
THEY ?? I know of ONLY several !!
Probably, since Kruchemeyer and Cohn
were a collectors’
resource for several flavours of
collectibles, at this
time, including, musical boxes,
the VAST majority of
these splendid musical boxes ended up the
of music box aficionados ??
We’ll probably never know, but the
‘pieces’ for the
another musical box are all still in
MAYBE, in the future,
the Pottery will attempt a
reintroduction along these interesting
If you’re interested, here’s a Link to Kruckemeyer
and Cohn’s business, celebrating its 110th year in
jewelry business in Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A. :
Additionally, information regarding the World renowned
company REUGE may be found at :
AGAIN, I wish ALL Belleekers the most SPLENDID of
Holiday Seasons and a SAFE and PROSPEROUS New Year !!
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