Boxes for Pieces in the Various Tremar Pottery Collectible Series
Tremar Potteries of Tremar and Liskeard in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom produced many small collectible pieces in a variety of series including Baby Birds, British Wild Animals, Little Buildings, Little Dogs, Safari Animals, Ships and others. These pieces were originally sold in small cardboard boxes designed to hold and protect the pieces. Although many of these boxes have survived, certainly many of the boxes were discarded when the pieces were originally displayed.
I believe that many of the collector series pieces were offered in four different boxes over the years. There are examples of these different boxes below.
Circle Drawing Boxes
The earliest boxes had on the front what I am calling Circle Drawings. These boxes carried pictures of the particular piece inside bounded by a circle or an oval. The drawings tended to be stylized, and each piece had its own box. In addition the drawing of the piece was of the stylized piece by itself without background enhancement such as grass, leaves, buildings, seaweed, tree stumps, etc. The text that accompanied the drawing on the top of the box was in all upper case letters.
Early Open Drawing Boxes
The Early Open Drawing Boxes were a transitional box away from the Circle Drawing Boxes but not yet all the way to the newer style Open Drawing Boxes. There was no circle or oval on these boxes, and the drawing of the piece was more realistic in the general form of the Open Drawing Boxes. But there was no background enhancement in the form of grass, leaves, buildings, seaweed, tree stumps, etc. as was found on the later Open Drawing Boxes. In addition the typeface used on the box more closely resembles the typeface used on the earlier Circle Drawing Boxes.
Open Drawing Boxes
Next I believe that Tremar Pottery adopted boxes with what I am calling Open Drawings. These open drawings had a somewhat more realistic and less stylized appearance, and there was no circle or oval around the outside of the drawing. The drawings also included background enhancement in the form of grass, leaves, buildings, seaweed, tree stumps, etc. The typeface sometimes changed to a bold font and sometimes both upper and lower case letters. At the same time, each piece continued to have its own individual box.
Then finally I believe that Tremar Pottery adopted Multi-Use Boxes. This was a single box that could be used for any of the pieces in a particular series. One or more of the pieces from a series would be selected to be printed on all of the boxes regardless of which piece was to be placed inside the box. One panel of the box would then have a list of all of the pieces in the series and could be marked to identify the particular piece placed inside the box. The approach would obviously reduce printing and inventory costs.
The Multi-Use boxes retained the more realistic drawings from the Open Drawing boxes. In the case of the Baby Bird series, the Fledgling was printed on the front of every box. In the case of the Little Dogs series, the Old English Sheepdog and the Cocker Spaniel were printed on all of the boxes.
Boxes Used for the Baby Bird Series – Fledgling
Boxes Used for the British Wild Animal Series – Badger
Boxes Used for the British Wild Animal Series – Hedgehog
Boxes Used for Fish – Yellow Wrasse