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Children’s china charming and collectible
Once upon a time in the late 18th
century, there was a delightful custom
of giving children china mugs,
plates and bowls as special gifts.
Sometimes, they were imprinted
or hand-painted with the child’s
name. Other times they were
decorated with transfer print nursery
rhymes and scenes.
Some were given as a reward for
good behavior. There would be the
child’s name and it might read “to a
good boy (or girl).”
By the late 1850s, they often had a
serious purpose with messages extolling
virtues and reforms.
Though originally made in England,
similar items were also made
in the 19th century in Germany for
export. A limited amount also were
made in France and Japan.
Because it wasn’t originally meant
to be used every day, much was
made of earthenware.
Items made of porcelain were
commissioned by the wealthy, usually
for baptismal gifts. These are
rarities. When developments in mass
production enabled cheap ceramics,
they were quickly bought by the
The vintage versions brought
about many innovations. A fun
example is one made in Japan,
“whistle for your milk.” It features
a figural bird handle with an actual
CLUES: Early English children’s
china was made by many potteries.
Among themwere Staffordshire,
Minton and Wedgwood.
It also was made
The more colorful
the pieces, the higher in
price. This is especially
true when the items
have bright “canary
yellow” borders and
Children’s china in
the late-18th to the
early-19th century was
a mark of status. The children in the
designs were elegantly dressed.
By the mid-19th century, scenes
were more appealing, and there were
not as many children riding ponies.
Homey family scenes still used
transfer prints, but they were less
Beginning collectors can acquire
the many categories of subjects. For
example, there are school lessons,
religious morals, cartoons,
Some are handpainted
and have raised
There are still affordable
children’s ware pieces
made by quality artists
such as Susie Cooper
and Beatrix Potter.
Even 19th century
English transfer children’s
china is still available and less
Do you have an antique item
and need more information? For a
personal reply, send a photo, along with
history, size and any signatures with a
self-addressed, stamped envelope and
$25, to Anne Gilbert, 1811Renaissance
Commons Blvd., No. 2319, Boynton
Beach, FL 33426.
Children’s vintage “whistle” mug,
Antique Staffordshire children’s
mug, pink luster, black transfer
Preparation for garlic planting should be underway
It’s time to decide where
next year’s garlic crop is going
to be planted and start preparing
Garlic is a great crop to
plant because one clove produces
a bulb of five to eight
Plus, it is easy to keep. You
don’t have to use it all at once,
it’s good for you, has better
flavor than the store-bought
ones, and almost everyone
Most gardeners start planting
garlic around the thirdweek of
September and continue planting
until the ground is frozen.
Many use Columbus Day as
the time to plant.
If planting by the moon, the
best times to start this year are
Sept. 24 through Oct. 3, Oct.
10, 11, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 24
If planting in November,
the best dates are Nov. 6, 7, 8,
11, 12, 16, 17 and 21 through
Garlic can be planted up
until the ground freezes.
To grow large garlic, you
need well-drained, fertile soil
in a sunny area. If your garden
soil is on the heavy side,
amend it with compost.
A good compost to use is
Premier Bio Max 3-in-1; it is
a blend of compost, soil and
When amending the soil
for garlic, just do the planting
row. Mix an organic fertilizer,
such as Sustain Organic Plant
Food, at the rate of 2 to 3
cups per 10 feet of row along
with ¼ cup of nitrate of soda
per 10 feet of row and 1 cup
of lime per 10 feet of row.
Be sure to mix the fertilizer
and lime into the soil, don’t
just lay it in the planting row
and place the cloves on top.
You don’t want the cloves being
in direct contact with the
Right before planting, break
the bulbs apart into cloves.
This is called “cracking.”
The cloves are attached to
the basal plate, the plate that
the roots grow from. When
you crack the bulb, each
clove should break away
cleanly, leaving an image of a
“footprint” on the basal plate.
The root nodules begin
growing from the edge of
the foot of the clove. If the
basal plate stays attached to
the clove, you might be able
to flick it off. Be careful not
to damage the foot of the
clove. It is more important to
keep the clove intact than to
remove the basal plate.
Choose the biggest and
fattest seed cloves, and sow
them, root end down, about
4 inches apart, standing erect,
and deep enough that they
be covered with at least
an inch or more of soil.
The planting depth does
not affect the size of the bulb;
however, the deeper the cloves
are planted the harder it will
be to dig them out.
plant grocery store
know if it’s a good
variety for your
area, and it might
have been treated
with an antisprouting
therefore it won’t
grow. It is always
best to add new
garlic seed to your
existing garlic seed
in case of disease.
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You can plant garlic up until the ground freezes.