Cauldon? Flow Blue? What Is This Plate?

I first became aware that plates had value in 1980 or thereabouts, (I was 16) when my mother sold her vintage green glass dinnerware set to a woman with a lilt in her voice, drop earrings, and a modern bleached shag hairstyle. They looked something like this:

The selling of the dinnerware involved a removal of dust, dead flies and the like, from said plates and cups as they had been stacked a long time on a high shelf behind the lime green painted cupboard doors. My mother got less than $20.00 a plate; more for the unusual pieces of which she had a few.

… I thought that was very impressive. Given my mother hoarded, (“Your mother- she’s a collector,” my father liked to say…) this was extremely impressive, considering she didn’t part with many possessions.  

I often wonder where those plates are today. Are they displayed behind glass in a fancy curio? Are they pulled out on holidays and set out on a table just so, with turkey served on them? Have their snapshots been taken with high resolution cameras and then have they made appearances on EBay? Each plate ferreted out across the country? Or are they dusty again, all but forgotten? I like a backstory. . . Thus this post. 

This post is about my plate. About 12 years ago, I salvaged a plate from a junk pile and thought it would be an easy look-up. I consulted the library, my son’s Kovel’s book, -and of course the internet.  I even emailed collectors who weren’t that helpful. They’d often give me a link to their book on ‘how to research antiques.’ As an author myself, I get that but I wasn’t getting anywhere in solving my plate mystery. 

I’m guessing from research, my plate is under the category of “non pariel (scenic/romantic) ” because it has a tree, and is possibly Burgess & Leigh? But then I’m sure I’m mistaken on all counts. Guesswork abounds.)

Now and again I come across the plate, which I keep wrapped in green tissue paper, and I attempt to look it up, to no avail. It’s crazed throughout, (I love that term) meaning it has a mosaic-like network of lines and cracks. Like me incidentally. I’m crazed too. 

This post is an inquiry directed toward anyone who knows something about old plates. What is it? I took some photos with my IPhone. Here is the front of the plate:


I have always liked, in particular, the way the (ivy?) leaves make heart shapes near the tree. I often incorporate this into my paintings. Do you see the way the background is a lighter blue? Look closely and you will see that there almost appears to be a – crude – process here whereby the foreground (darker blue) was applied in a block overlay,  (via copper plate??) or square ‘stamp’ for lack of proper plate terminology. 

Certain phrases come to mind that I’ve picked up: flow bluetransferware? I’m sure I don’t know. Here is a look at that sharp overlay I am talking about. See the right angles?



A reject plate? As for the back of the plate, where the crazing is most apparent, it looks like this:


I know the condition is terrible, but at this point I would love to know it’s origins. Here’s a few closeups of those marks, starting with one of the most puzzling ones. There is an indentation (a word?) near the S, and I’ve tried to do a pencil rubbing to pick up whether it is a word, but it is too degraded and faint for that. Pretty sure it’s the word CAULDON. 


It is clearly labeled “CAULDON” in blue, —however — online searches show that CAULDON marks usually have the word: “England” beneath them. This does not appear to have that word. What is written under CAULDON? It looks like Kent, but it’s probably not. It could read: ‘Bentick.’ That makes sense. It’s an early pattern name. Then again… It probably does read:England. And what does ‘10‘ mean?


Is this funny? Same plate, but I took one picture during the day and the other picture at night. Disregard the yellowing. This little inscription is in a pinkish red color, and appears to read either:



SZO2. or is that an L and not a 2 at all….?

Ideas what this signifies?


So we have an S, and a 10, and what appears to be either a 7 or an L. S can mean 1849 since letters can signify years; but since there is an L, L can mean 1856. Unless that’s a 7….it’s probably a 7. 


There you have it. Anyone know anything about old plates?


18 thoughts on “Cauldon? Flow Blue? What Is This Plate?

  1. In addition to the “right angles” on the left and right sides you describe, I can see the same angles at the top and bottom. It appears that someone applied a square applique of some sort onto a round plate. They then hand-painted the rest to fill it in. The top, bottom, and both sides are lighter in color and less detailed.


    1. I agree. I see the square. In my opinion the background was applied first in a light shade to indicate distance, a light blue wash, and the square overlay then put on top. But hey it could also have been applied after. It’s “crude” to me, possibly very early before better techniques were developed. This can make it something that was a “reject” and bought cheap at the time- but possibly worth more now due to rarity? Who knows. It’s an albatross for sure.

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  2. I think the applique had to have been done first, so the added horizons on each side match up with it. The bottom portion was convincingly done, as it looks like flat ground or maybe a river, but the top and sides are seriously lacking in detail. It could be rare, a one-of-a-kind deal. I urge you to do some more research.

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  3. Though very similar (and probably the same applique), I can see several differences in the plates, in the areas outside the square. One of the marks on the back of your plate should signify WHEN the plate was made.


    1. Yes the one offered on the CAULDON replacements site is the same design. In fact the replacement # matches the numbers on the back of my older plate. I agree and I believe one mark on the back of my plate signifies the year 1856 or thereabouts. I’ve sent off an email to Cauldon’s Replacement Site with pictures of mine and asking whether they would know its value considering it is original. They charge hefty sums for just modern copies of old designs like mine, imperfect as those designs are.

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      1. Received a reply from CAULDON’s replacement site. Not sure if they’re quoting the replacement or the antique one:
        “Thank you for contacting Replacements LTD. This Royal Cauldon Plate would be priced at $59.99. This price does not constitute an appraisal, market value, or auction value. It is based on Replacements’ pricing scale for this particular date and is what you would theoretically pay for the piece if you bought it from us today. “

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  4. Pretty sure they’re giving you the replacement price, IF they had one to sell you. Which they don’t.
    I’m sure the quote for an original would be much more.


    1. The email stated:
      Thank you for contacting Replacements LTD. This Royal Cauldon Plate would be priced at $59.99. This price does not constitute an appraisal, market value, or auction value. It is based on Replacements’ pricing scale for this particular date and is what you would theoretically pay for the piece if you bought it from us today.

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