Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

December 2021 Seasons Greetings from the UK Group

 

 
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New Issue added Summer 2021

Belleek UK Group Newletter

newsletter 39-2

 

 

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BELLEEK WEB SITES

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UK Group Member Ian Gower's site

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

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click on the above image to visit
the Fowler Collection website

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Belleek Pottery in the snow

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.

Above...very Rare Tall Celery Vase First Black Mark period. Our thanks to Paul and Elaine Ewings for use of image

Tridacna  Tea for One

Rare Belleek....Here is a Smaller sized Tridacna 'Batchelor' Tea for One Second Period Green Tint Dejeuner set. An extremely rare sized set to find.

Melvin Ware Celtic pattern Eartyhenware part set

Above....Melvin Ware Earthenware Part Tea Service Celtic Pattern

First Period Piano Candlestick

Above....Unusual high decoration to this Piano Candlestick. First Period piece

Belleek Low Ring Handle Cup and Saucer Third Black Mark

Above...Very Rare Third Black Mark Period 'Low' Ring Handle Cup and Saucer

Shamrock Vase Second Black Mark

Above....Unusual and rare and well detailed Shamrock Vase Second Black Mark. Our thanks to EBay seller beckcarson for use of image

Below...previously unrecorded Second Period Jug our thanks to e bay seller coc-by-welch

Unrecorded second period jug

 

Our 2020 Christmas Party 'Zoom' Meeting...this was our third 'Zoom Meeting' and was held on 13th December and what a party it was. A more informal chance to get together for a chat, share viewing some collections online and enjoy some Christmas spirit in these very difficult times. We were lucky to enjoy viewings of the collections of Johannah Purdon, Doctor Irvine Steinberg,Marck Laine and Del Domke plus Moira Bailey showed us some of her pieces along with Marilynn Orbann. Ian and Jane Gower shared some of their favourite pieces This was our largest on line meeting so far with 30 participants. A few technical glitches, but a fantastic two hours spent in each others company. As Johannah Purdon added, the gathering of 'Our Belleek Family'.

Our 2021 Spring UK Group Meeting... Was held on 21 March 2021. Once again, the meeting was held online via Zoom and included a Forum and presentations on Ring Handle Tea Ware. Also, our theme for the Meeting was 'St Patrick's Day' and Easter. Below a Ring Handle Tea Service in 'Fern' pattern

Ring Handle Fern Pattern

Our Summer AGM and meeting ... Our AGM was held on Sunday 25th July. This was a Zoom online meeting once again. In addition to the AGM, our theme for the meeting was 'It looks like Belleek'. We had an interesting array of pieces produced by other potteries but very similar in appearance to Belleek. Our overseas members joined us from America and further afield

Our Autumn Meeting....was held on Sunday 25th October. This was our first meeting back at a venue for our first gathering in almost two years. We returned to one of our previous venues, The Windsor Castle in Stourbridge. Ten members were able to attend and it was a great meeting. The staff at Windsor Castle excelled providing us with a super Sunday Roast. The theme for our Forum was 'Shells' and we had a good representation of shell pieces produced by Belleek. Below, images of shell pieces brought for the forum, Bev Marvell leading part of the discussion. All too soon it was time for farewells until we gather again in December for our online Zoom Christmas Party.

Belleek Shell Themed Pieces brought for discussion

Shell pieces for discussion

Bev Marvell discussing Shells brought for discussion

Our next Meeting is our online Zoom Christmas Party on 12th December 2021. We will be online from 5.00pm UK time and invites have already been sent to all UK members. See you there.

Belleek 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 during October 2019 which was also a joint meeting of UK and Northern Ireland Groups too.

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 and use the paypal link further down this home page.. New issues have been added.

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. Below extremely rare full Celtic Tea Set with Tray

celtic tray set

Eugene Sheerin Gallery Hard to believe that it is now more than five 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 recent finds at auction, our thanks to Chorleys Auctioneers for use of image, two scene plates depicted unidentified houses, signed E Sheerin to right and further image below from a recently discovered pair of Greek Plates A View of Ross Castle, Killarney, Second Black Mark which has now been added to our 'Sheerin Gallery'

Eugene Sheerin house Scene plates

Eugene Sheerin Plate

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 Rare Finner Pattern Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!

Belleek Finner Cup Second Period

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 Elliot, 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.....our latest 'PIECE OF THE MONTH First Black Mark Ribbon Basketweave Plate First Black Mark

Ribbon Armorial Crested Plate First Black Mark+

 

 

 

 

 
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