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Post by chasdevlin June 23rd 2022, 3:26 pm

Not an ID request as such, but a question. Apologies to the mods in advance if I've posted this in the wrong section.
I was looking at prices for Jessie Tait's well known mid fifties pattern of Red Domino for Midwinter, when I came across some sellers selling pieces as 'Casino', a supposedly rare pattern, but they just look like Red Domino to me. A quick bit of research could not verify its existence - it is not mentioned in this extensive list of Stylecraft & Fashion patterns http://www.dgmhall.me.uk/.
Is this another internet myth or a genuine pattern?
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Post by denbydump June 23rd 2022, 4:03 pm

There is a "variant" of red domino on stylecraft, maybe someone gave it a spurious name
or it may have just been re-named for export, maybe to a country where dominos are
not widely known about?

Will move to pottery discussion

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Post by denbydump June 25th 2022, 10:59 am

Furthermore there is not one mention of a pattern called Casino in the book (Edn 1).
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Post by studio-pots June 28th 2022, 2:37 pm

Back in the 1990s I was one of the major dealers of Midwinter when I had a unit in Alfies Antique Market in London. I have never seen or heard of a Midwinter pattern called Casino and know that Alan Peat, who wrote the first book on Midwinter, and Steven Jenkins had never heard of it during the time that they were involved in Midwinter, as I was in regular contact with them both throughout that period.

I have checked online and have seen some pottery described as Midwinter Casino Stylist tableware. This has white spots on a red painted background but the shape is not Midwinter Stylecraft but a shape not produced by Midwinter. I haven't found a backstamp shown but have seen mention of "Lord Nelson Ware Casino Red Polka Dot similar Midwinter Red Domino Teaware", which is as it appears, written to deceive.

Therefore what it appears to be is a rip off of the Red Domino pattern by Elijah Cotton Ltd that were in operation from 1889 at the Nelson Pottery in Hanley. In 1956 they began to use a backstamp, which included the phrase Lord Nelson Ware.

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Post by denbydump June 28th 2022, 5:18 pm

There was also Empire porcelain's "Polka dot" range (1956), but all pre-dated by the
"Domino" ware of T. G. Green, first introduced in c1933.
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