|Plate, Christmas Tree, pattern number S2133 1939|
What's new about the history of Christmas Tree pattern?
It was always thought that, although there was no documentary evidence, after the initial introduction of the pattern in 1938, the inscription on the reverse 'Wishing You a Merry Christmas' usually followed by the date, was omitted.
This is part of what I wrote in 2010 on this blog:
"After the revision of the design a ten inch plate was produced with the wording 'Wishing You a Merry Christmas 1938' printed on the back of the plate. The salesmen were swamped with orders. The inscription was discontinued after 1938 but over the following years Christmas Tree pattern developed into whole table services and extra serving pieces." Click here for the full 2010 blog post.
However Paul Hanson, a collector of Christmas Tree pattern, has a plate with 'Wishing You a Merry Christmas 1939' on the back.
|Backstamp with 1939 greeting, the factory mark &the pattern number|
I have also seen a backstamp on a plate in this design which includes the greeting but the date omitted. This was on a plate which had an impressed datemark for 1940 or 1941. The datemark was hard to decipher.
|Backstamp on a Christmas Tree plate dated 1940 or 1941|
|Detail of Christmas Tree pattern with Santa, toys & baubles|