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Posted by Madi Hantho on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 in Events

English Transferware and Tea at the Marshall House

The beautiful Marshall House, located on Officers Row in the Fort Vancouver National Site, will be hosting a Historic Tea Party on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Choices of Harney & Sons fine teas will be served to compliment the mouth-watering sweet and savory food items that will be served. This tea will be autumn-themed with beautiful seasonal decorations.

Guests will be dining on English transferware, a type of pottery that has a pattern applied by transferring the print from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and finally to the pottery body. The process was developed in the second half of the 18th Century in response to the need of the newly emerging English middle-class for less expensive tableware. Though many factories claim responsibility for the origin of the process, it was likely a combination of men and materials that came together in the English country of Staffordshire, where pottery had been made since the 16th century.

Fort Vancouver has the largest collection of Spode/Copeland English transferware pottery artifacts in the world. The Hudson's Bay Company had an almost exclusive contract to supply their transferware table wares from 1836 to the 20th century. Come and enjoy this beautiful tableware at the next Marshall House Tea. We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in attending the Tea Party, please contact Julie Kummer at (360) 693-3103,, or buy your tickets online at

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