c1970 Set of 8 Spode Trade Winds Ship Teacups & Saucers


A beautiful c1970 Set of 8 Spode ‘Cygnet of Salem Brig’ Teacups and Saucers, made by Copeland Spode, in the ‘Trade Winds’ Red pattern.

The cups and saucers are termed teacups, but are often described as coffee cups on the American market. The teacups and saucers were made of c1800 Josiah Spode’s own Fine Stone China with a white base colour decorated with red bands and scalloped edge and gold trim. On the cup is the side view of the 2 masted American Brig (ship not named) dating from 1820. On the underside of the cup is the mark for Spode England and the pattern mark W128. The saucer plate is decorated with an image of Brig ‘Cygnet of Salem’ and on the underside is the Spode mark, the pattern mark H177 and the name of the Brig and the date 1822. Condition is mint. The Fine Stone china makes the cup and saucers more substantial and heavier. There is one extra 9th cup included, as a spare.

The Trade Winds pattern was introduced around 1960 from an idea by Mr. George Thompson, President of Copeland & Thompson Inc. New York (the agents for Spode in the USA). George Thompson had researched the US market and discovered there was a demand for this type of historical tableware and the idea was taken up by the Spode company with the project led by Robert Copeland the Sales Director at the time. Denis Emery drew out the design following extensive research of historical sailing ships amongst specialist books and manuscripts and visits to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. The designs were than hand engraved onto copper plates for production by printing. All the ships were chosen for the design were mostly American, with some British, and are all named on the reverse. The shape was called Lowestoft, dating to the 18th century. In addition to Trade Winds Red, versions were also later produced in Blue and Black in a full range of dinner, tea and coffee wares. It was discontinued at the beginning of the 1990s. It has always been considered to be quality china ware and has become extremely collectable.

Size cup: 11 x 9 x 6.5 cm (4 5/16 x 3 9/16 x 2 ½ inches)
Size saucer: 14.5 x 2 cm (5 ¾ x ¾ inches)
Weight: 2640 g