Taylor, Smith & Taylor Decal and Stamp Patterns
The eight links in the table below contain over 1,800 decal and stamp treatments used by the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Company of Chester, West Virginia. These images come from company "decal books" which were used by management, supervisors, sales staff, and the art department to keep track of the many decorations. Each was assigned a number and date from the early 1930s to the mid-1950s. Skipped numbers occur when a) the decal book's particular page was damaged, b) the number represents an under glaze pattern which generally weren't covered in the decal books, and c) the number was not used.
When working on the 2004 book, Taylor, Smith & Taylor Dinnerware, I took pictures of each page of the TS&T decal books at the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool Ohio (link), as well as the personal decal books of William Smith, the last president of TS&T. I scanned and cropped the photographs to fit in the web pages, but at the same time made sure the relevant information was preserved. At the bottom of this page is a listing of abbreviations and notes that were used when the decal books were created.
Typical contents of a TS&T decal book showing treatments 1567, 1568, 1569, and 1570.
(Photo taken at the Musuem of Ceramics in 2003.)
- Edge line: trim on the edge
- NL or NEL: no edge line
- GE or GEL: gold edge line
- PE or PEL: platinum edge line
- 1/s, 2/s, etc. or 1s, 2s, etc.: number or "sprigs" or "sprays" (i.e. individual decals) on a dinner plate
- LRB, LRP, LRY, etc. Lu-Ray blue, Lu-Ray pink, Lu-Ray yellow, etc. In the case of treatments in the 2000s, LRG stands for Lu-Ray gray
- 6.00, 6.50, 7.00, 7.50, 8.00, etc: pricing scales for various treatments. The higher the number, the more expensive the treatment.
- Verge: the area where the well of flatware transforms into the rim
- Inside line or drop line: a line (or trim) that is just inside, but not on, the edge
- Plus center: as in "6s plus center", indicated a center decal along with multiple sprays around the rim
- Band: larger than a line, usually indicated by a measurement such as 1/8" band, 1/4" band, etc.
- U.G.: underglaze print. Very few underglaze decorations were noted in the decal books.
- T T or Two Tone: Indicates a two-tone effect with the rims and shoulders decorated with a colored band, usually under the glaze
- Fans: as in 'gold fans', usually with Avona treatments where the embossing hand-painted in gold, platinum, or some other color
- Matt: type of gold trim with a matte or dull look as opposed to the more common shiny, bright gold