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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.

Multi-Use Boxes

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.

Tremar Pottery Reference Pages – Contents Page

Boxes Used for the Baby Bird Series – Fledgling

Three Different Boxes Used for the Fledgling in the Baby Bird Series

Three Different Boxes Used for the Fledgling in the Baby Bird Series

Circle Drawing Box - Shows the Fledgling With a Circle Around the Outside of the Drawing

Circle Drawing Box - This box shows the Fledgling with a circle around the outside of the drawing.

Open Drawing Box - Shows a More Realistic Fledgling And No Outside Circle Border

Open Drawing Box - This box shows a more realistic Fledgling and no outside circle border.

Multi-Use Box - Shows the Fledgling Using the Same Realistic Drawing Used on the Open Drawing Box

Multi-Use Box - This box shows the Fledgling using the same realistic drawing used on the open drawing box. - This particular box with the Fledgling on the top was used for all of the birds in the Baby Birds series. The individual pieces no longer had their own boxes.

Multi-Use Box - This shows the panel on the side of the Multi-Use Box for the Baby Birds series where a mark would indicate which type of baby bird was inside the box. This box is marked for the Fledgling.

Multi-Use Box - This shows the panel on the side of the Multi-Use Box for the Baby Birds series where a mark would indicate which type of baby bird was inside the box. This box is marked for the Fledgling.

Boxes Used for the British Wild Animal Series – Badger

Circle Drawing Box - This box shows the badger from the British Wild Animal Series on the Circle (or in this case Oval) Drawing Box.

Circle Drawing Box - This box shows the badger from the British Wild Animal Series on the Circle (or in this case Oval) Drawing Box.

Circle Drawing Box - This is the front panel of the badger box from the British Wild Animal Series.

Circle Drawing Box - This is the front panel of the badger box from the British Wild Animal Series.

Circle Drawing Box - Badger from the British Wild Animal Series

Circle Drawing Box - Badger from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box - This box shows the badger from the British Wild Animal Series on the Open Drawing Box.

Open Drawing Box - This box shows the badger from the British Wild Animal Series on the Open Drawing Box.

Open Drawing Box - This is the front panel of the badger box from the British Wild Animal Series.

Open Drawing Box - This is the front panel of the badger box from the British Wild Animal Series.

Open Drawing Box - Badger from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box - Badger from the British Wild Animal Series

Boxes Used for the British Wild Animal Series – Hedgehog

Open Drawing Box (left) and Circle Drawing Box (right) - Hedgehog from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box (left) and Circle Drawing Box (right) - Hedgehog from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box (left) and Circle Drawing Box (right) - Front Panels - Hedgehog from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box (left) and Circle Drawing Box (right) - Front Panels - Hedgehog from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box (left) and Circle Drawing Box (right) - Hedgehog from the British Wild Animal Series

Open Drawing Box (left) and Circle Drawing Box (right) - Hedgehog from the British Wild Animal Series

Boxes Used for Fish – Yellow Wrasse

Early Open Drawing Box - This was probably the first type of box used for the Yellow Wrasse, one of two tropical fish produced by Tremar Potteries.

Early Open Drawing Box - This was probably the first type of box used for the Yellow Wrasse, one of two tropical fish produced by Tremar Potteries.

Early Open Drawing Box - The text on the front of the box identifies this box as one Introducing A Series of Decorative Tropical Fish.

Early Open Drawing Box - The text on the front of the box identifies this box as one Introducing A Series of Decorative Tropical Fish.

Early Open Drawing Box with Yellow Wrasse Fish Inside

Early Open Drawing Box with Yellow Wrasse Fish Inside

Open Drawing Box - The top of this box includes a drawing of the Yellow Wrasse as well as seaweed in the background.

Open Drawing Box - The top of this box includes a drawing of the Yellow Wrasse as well as seaweed in the background.

Open Drawing Box - The text on the front of the box is no longer Introducing the fish series.

Open Drawing Box - The text on the front of the box is no longer Introducing the fish series.

Open Drawing Box with Yellow Wrasse Fish Inside

Open Drawing Box with Yellow Wrasse Fish Inside

Tremar Pottery Reference Pages – Contents Page

1 comment

  1. Norm says:

    Fascinating website, and fascinating articles about Tremar. Thank you for the information.

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