Book Review: The Musical Novelties of Fielding’s Crown Devon 1930 to 1964

The antiques and collectables world is full of highly specialised books covering specific topics, often written by enthusiastic and expert collectors. Such books cannot sell in large numbers and are essentially labours of love that painstakingly document information that would otherwise be lost forever.

The Musical Novelties of Fieldings Crown Devon 1930 to 1964
The Musical Novelties of Fielding’s Crown Devon 1930 to 1964 by Alan H. Robert is one such book. As its title suggests, it is a guide to the musical and commemorative wares produced by the Crown Devon pottery during its most prolific period.

The 96-page  book covers every aspect of the musical novelty ranges and starts with an alphabetical index of all the designs, enabling you to match your ‘find’ to a photo with minimum delay. A full 70 pages are devoted to photos and descriptions of all of the designs — a very comprehensive guide indeed.

There’s also a useful scarcity rating, which is included with every picture description, enabling you to make effective comparisons with other items in your collection before you decide on a purchase.

The first part of the book provides you with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the musical wares, including:

  • Musical movements (replacement and original),
  • Fakes and reproductions
  • Glazes and backstamps
  • Shapes and capacities
  • Registration numbers
  • Musical words and translations
Musical Novelties is well written and easy to read and refer to, and if you are a fan of Crown Devon’s musical wares, then this book is an invaluable reference tool and is, I suspect, by far the most comprehensive guide available today.
(For details of Alan’s other book, The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon, click here.)

Book Information

Title: The Musical Novelties of Fielding’s Crown Devon 1930 to 1964
Author: Alan H. Roberts
Publisher: The Fielding Crown Devon Collectors’ Club
ISBN: 978-09564772-0-0
Price: £15 (visit

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