I recall that the Lawn Tennis Museum at Wimbledon has some Spode pieces in its collection made during the Copeland ownership of the company. It includes a jelly/blancmange mould with crossed tennis rackets, tennis balls and nets as the design. I would have liked to have to seen (and perhaps tasted) the jelly/blancmange made from it! Other objects were made too, sometimes in conjunction with a metalware manufacturer, for example a ceramic dish fitting into a suitably tennis-themed, silver-plated stand.
|Tennis Set c1869|
|Spode Wimbledon centenary plate (detail), 1977|
In 1977 for the centenary of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club Spode produced a plate to celebrate the occasion, decorated in the club colours and featuring crossed tennis racquets, presented in a satin-lined box.
Another Stoke-on-Trent pottery manufacturing family, the Shelleys were responsible for introducing tennis to North Staffordshire. Thank you to my sister, Val Bott, for the information, she with our parents and brother lived in the Shelley's house, The Southlands, for a time - I didn't exist then so was born too late for this treat! The tennis courts were, I believe, still there in the grounds...