Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

Spring 2019


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where you can find all you need about Antique
Black Mark Belleek plus all the news and events
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NEW ISSUE 37/2 ADDED Feb 2019

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UK Group Member Ian Gower's site



click on the above image to visit Del Domke's Belleek Chapter Co-Ordinator website



click on the above image to visit
the Fowler Collection website







The United Kingdom Group. For those who do not know us, we are a group based in the United Kingdom for
collectors of Irish Belleek porcelain. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village. Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' First Period pieces.

Belleek Finner Cup and Saucer


Celtic Pattern Plate Belleek Pottery


Rare Belleek....Top image Finner Cup and Saucer in rare colourway , Second Black mark, Second Image above, Highly Decorated Belleek Celtic Plate with view of the pottery. Plate issued in 1957 as a commemorative to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Belleek in 1857. These were, we understand, issued in very limited numbers to members of management at the pottery.

Leinster Vase Leinster Vase


Rare Belleek....Above. Extremely Rare Leinster Triple Vase from the Third Black Period. Our thanks to e bay seller Simdodestatefinds for use of images. Below, this interesting raised flower decorated version of the Shamrock pierced vase sold last year for £600 plus commission. A 'one off' piece. Our thanks to Greenslade Taylor Hunt auctioneers, Taunton for use of image.

Lace Tray Second Black Mark


Rare Belleek....Above. Top Churn Cruet set Second Black and and Below that, Rare Lace Tray with Turquoise Rim edging

Our Recent UK Group Meetings... Our Autumn meeting was held over the weekend of 27th and 28th October in Newark, Nottinghamshire. We met on Saturday for a group tour of Newark Castle and visited areas not usually open to the public including the dungeons and tower. Later, after a freshen up at our hotels, we gathered at Zizzi's for dinner and then met for drinks afterwards. On Sunday we took a tour of historic Newark before lunch and our meeting point for the afternoon in The Palace Theatre. During the afternoon, Brian Carruthers gave us a really interesting talk on World War 1 ceramic memorabilia. Later our forum discussion focussed on crested and armorial ware. A great selection of Belleek was brought along to discuss and share knowledge. Below, Jan Golaszewski examining a replica Medieval Helmet, the type of which would have been used in battle.

Jan with helmet

Our Next UK Group Meeting...will be our Spring 2019 meeting to be held in and around Stourbridge in March over the weekend of 23rd and 24th. Stourbridge is home to Glass Making with the Ruskin Glass Centre our venue for lunch on Saturday.Later, we meet at the French Connection Restaurant in Stourbridge for dinner. On Sunday our activities will include morning coffee, a guided tour of the Red House Glass Cone Centre then lunch at Windsor Castle, not in Berkshire but in Lye, Stourbridge venue for our afternoon meeting where we will discuss Belleek Lustres with a forum led by Paul and Elaine Ewings

llelleek Conventions from 1993 to 2013 To view images and news from each and every International convention please click on ' Convention Home Page' in main menu left

2013 The Last International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October. Below is a group photo of all attendees. The UK Group was well represented with members who made the journey to the States. The 2013 convention was arranged by members from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by all the attendees. Please click HERE to visit our special 2013 Convention page. Since 2013 the Collectors Society have organised 'Gatherings'. The last was held at Belleek earlier in 2017

Newsletter...most recent newsletters can only be viewed through subscribing to the UK Group either as full or if overseas as an associate member. Please click on our Join Us page to find out more. New online issue NEWSLETTERS ADDED Summer and Autumn 2018

Rare Belleek Archive ... can be accessed left from menu options. These have been sub-divided into several areas and can be accessed using key headings, Crested, Painted, Tea Ware, Earthenware and Decorated.

Eugene Sheerin Gallery Hard to believe that it is coming up towards four years since the 100th centenary events at Trillick to mark the passing of perhaps the best Belleek painter, Eugene Sheerin. Please view our gallery with pieces devoted to his work. Below view of Brickeen Bridge, Killarney, Second Black Mark

Brickeen Bridge by Eugene Sheerin

Mix and Match Tea Ware Service...launched during 2015, Elaine Ewings, our co-ordinator says the service is going well, some sucessful matches this year putting members in touch to follow up. The aims of 'Mix and Match' is to unite collectors who may want to buy or swap tea ware pieces to match and complete sets. Use our 'Contact Us' link for more information....Below Ring Handle Garland Decorated Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!

Belleek Videos..NEW. link to Belleek 160th Anniversary RTE 'Nationwide' programme HERE

We have recently discovered an interesting RTE programme which can be accessed by clicking the link above. Although this can be viewed in the UK, viewing from overseas may not be possible due to copyright or similar issues. Other items avaialable on our Videos page include a link to Jason Fowler's six videos of
his collection and an interesting link to a UTV programme called 'Lesser Spotted Ulster' which visits Belleek plus
a look at a museum in Geelong, Australia with what is billed as the largest collection of Belleek
in the southern Hemisphere..unless of course, you know differently!

Belleek Videos..'Hands' Belleek Pottery commissioned a special one hour video film in 1987. Although
copies occasionally appear for sale on E Bay or Amazon, they are not found easily. Fortunately, there is a
copy held 'on line' and is an excellent snapshot of how Belleek was produced back in the 80's. It is great
to see so many familiar faces including Jim Flanagan, Albert, Fergus Cleary, John Doogan, Liam McCauley,
Vincent McCauley and Hugh O'Reilly to name a few. The video was shot before George Moore purchased
the pottery and invested in rebuilding the works. The pottery was still virtually untouched and remained
that way through the 1980's. The film is well worth watching and lasts for an hour. Unfortunately
there are adverts that pop up during the film. Without the adverts, historic films such as 'Hands' would not
be available on the web.

Click here for 1980's Belleek Video 'Hands' this will probably start with an advert which you can skip if needed!

Hands video



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AND FINALLY.....'PIECE OF THE MONTH' Lily Wall Bracket First Black Period







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