Tower depicts the Bridge of Salaro, near Rome. The bridge which originally had a keep built on top of it survives although it is now underneath the main route leading out of Rome to the airport.
|Covered Dutch Jug,|
Tower pattern was printed in a variety of colours during its almost 200 year production history but particularly in blue and later in pink. The original pattern was transfer printed in 'medium Ultramarine blue' which is quite pale. In about 1860 it was produced in a darker, 'flowing' blue known as Royal Saxon blue or flow blue. In about 1894 the pattern was printed on Gadroon shape, based on designs of Georgian silver, in dark Royal blue (also known as Zaffres blue) which became very popular and was still in production in 2001.
|Plate for toast, 2 compartments |
for jam and marmalade,
printed in pink, Gadroon shape, c1920s
In about 1923 a version was printed in pink especially for the markets in the United States and this was still in production in 2001, possibly later. Between about 1962 and 1973 the pattern was produced in a Light blue but was not particularly, successful.
Sometimes the border was used with other centres including nursery rhyme designs. For example pattern number 2/4797 of c1900 which is described as Tower border with Nursery Rhyme Centre. Game and fish centres were produced with Tower border too.
Pink Tower Fish Centre and
Blue Tower Game Centre,
1962 Catalogue for August Warnecke,
Spode agents in Germany