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Mintons Blue Tiles

1875? Twelve six-inch square tiles. Manufactured by Mintons China Works, Stoke on Trent. Designed by John Moyr Smith. The mark on each back includes "Walbrook, London." All twelve for $480 from Margery Northup through Fran's Estate Sales, Gilbert, AZ, March, 2001. Extra copies of FC and FS for $102.5 from Riverwalk, Hattiesburg, MS, through Ebay, Feb., '00.

These blue tiles surprised me when I first discovered them. I did not know that Minton did blue as well as brown tiles. They are apparently exactly the same in design. Are the patterns here as crisp and clear as on the brown tiles? The titles are read in curious fashion, starting from eleven o'clock and reading toward three o'clock, and then restarting from eight and reading toward four. Do the twelve make up a complete set? Click on any tile to see it enlarged.

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The Ape, the Cat & the Roast Chestnuts

The Dog & His Shadow

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The Fox and the Crow

The Fox & the Goat in the Well

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The Fox Dines with the Stork

The Goat, Calf & Sheep in Partnership with the Lion

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The Hare & the Tortoise Run a Race

King Log & King Stork

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The Lion & the Rat

The Tortoise Which Wished to Learn to Fly

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The Wolf & the Crane

The Wolf & the Lamb at the Spring