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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 www.fieldingscrowndevonclub.co.uk)

Book Review: The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon, by Alan H. Roberts

The Backstamps of Fielding's Crown Devon by Alan H. Roberts

Backstamps are an essential aid to dating and identifying antique and collectable ceramics — but finding reliable and detailed information on pottery backstamps is often a challenge for both collectors and dealers.

Even in this digital age, books remain the best way to find this information and for Crown Devon collectors, one such book is The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon. This is a 30-page pamphlet written by long-time Fielding’s collector Alan Roberts, and published by the Fielding’s Crown Devon Collectors’ Club.

As the title suggests, The Backstamps is devoted solely to backstamps and is an excellent reference guide for anyone wanting to know about Fielding’s backstamps in comprehensive detail. Alan discusses the backstamps in considerable detail as well as providing many pictures of the different marks used. This book covers a wider range of Crown Devon marks than Godden’s Encylopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks and includes a few that are not included in Susan Hill’s most excellent Crown Devon: The History of S. Fielding & Co..

The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon is also very affordable, at just £3.50 including free UK postage. This really is a bargain for the amount of information provided and for anyone who is only interested in Crown Devon, it makes a far more sensible purchase than Godden’s £30+ encyclopaedia.

Usefully, this book also covers the backstamps used on new Crown Devon pottery, which is not Fielding’s but is sometimes sold as such — whether deliberately or due to the seller’s ignorance.

Highly recommended.

Book information:
Title: The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon
Author: Alan H. Roberts
Publisher: The Fielding’s Crown Devon Collectors’ Club
Price: £3.50 inc. UK P&P

To buy a copy, visit: www.fieldingscrowndevonclub.co.uk