SPODE TRADE WINDS RED (GOLD TRIM) - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
What you need to know about the Spode Trade Winds Red (Gold Trim) china pattern:
The Trade Winds pattern was introduced around 1960 from an idea by Mr. George Thompson, President of Copeland & Thompson Inc. New York — 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.
All the ships chosen for the design, mostly American but some British, were named on the back or underside of the pieces. The ceramic body chosen for the pattern was Fine Stone — first developed by Josiah Spode II as stone china in the early 1800s. The shape was Lowestoft which imitated Chinese Export porcelain of the 18th century. Various versions were produced with and without gold edges. In addition to Trade Winds Red, versions were also produced in Black and Blue in a full range of dinner, tea and coffee wares.
This pattern has a number of products that were produced. Some to look for are:
- Dinner Plate (10 1/4”), Salad Plate (8”), Bread & Butter Plate (6”), Footed Cup & Saucer (2 5/8”)
- The salad plate also comes in a square style
- The covered Sugar Bowl comes in 2 sizes, 3 ¼” and 3 7/8” as well as an open sugar bowl 4 ½” which can also be used as a rice bowl.
- The Rim Soup Bowl comes in 2 sizes, 8 1/8” and 9”
- There are 3 styles/sizes of creamers. 4 5/8”, 3 ½” 4” and a Mini creamer
- There are 2 styles of teacups. A Canton shape (2 ¼”) and London shape (2 5/8”)
- Oval Serving platters come in 3 sizes, 12” 14” and 16”
- Luncheon Plate 8 ½”
- Grandma Mug