Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

May and June 2015


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the Fowler Collection website


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Chinese Dejeuner Tray First Period

The United Kingdom Group. For those who do not know us, we are a group based in the United Kingdom for
collectors of Irish Belleek porcelain. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village. Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' First Period pieces.

Rare Belleek....Interesting and extremely Rare and Unique Oval Parian 'Tray' (First Black Mark)which is part of an extensive Stork Pattern set sold earlier this year at TW Gaze Salerooms in Diss. The set was displayed at our October Cornwall meeting in its' entirety. There were several other pieces brought to the meeting as well. All these pieces were specially ordered from Belleek Pottery by Doctor O Ternan who also purchased the 'Scenes of Ireland' Ring Handle service painted by Eugene Sheerin

Rare Belleek....Interesting and unusual selection of Rare and Desirable Belleek Cups and Saucers recently sold by ebay seller.... trader_chris all shown below

Victoria Cup and Saucer Rare Green and Gilt Detail Second Period

Fan Cup and Saucer Pattern 365 Second Period with Registration Mark


Institute Cup and Saucer with Pink and Blue with Gilt Detailing Second Black Mark and below top left, Rare Blue
colourway to Ring Handle, Top Right Pink Detail to Erne Cup and saucer, Lower Left very rare High Lily Cup and Leaf
saucer, lower right extremely rare Five O Clock Cup and Saucer


















Rare Belleek....Above... Interesting, unusual and rare 'Goss Hastings Shape' Kettle with Eniskillen Crest. Lucky bidder must be delighted with their purchase!! sold by ebay seller....Mandardsville. Second Black Mark

Rare Belleek....Above Rare Second Black Mark 'Cork 1903 Exhibition' Matching Jug and Bowl our thanks to
e bay seller Mars-Most

Rare Belleek....Above Rare Belleek Tobacco Brewer Figure First Black Mark with thansk to Chatsworth Auction Rooms for use of image

Eugene Sheerin 'Commemoration Gathering' 9th August at Kilskeery Northern Ireland. Early plans are underway for a special day to commemorate the centenary of Eugene Sheerin's death (painter at Belleek) in 1915. The UK Group's Paul and Pat Tubb are co-ordinating the raising offunds for a stone marker for Eugene's currently unmarked grave at Kilskeery. On the day there will be a dedication ceremony followed by an afternoon exhibition plus talk on Eugene's work at Belleek. In the evening there is a Barbeque being arranged at the local golf course. More details available soon. If you are able to be in Ireland on the 9th August, please use our 'contact us' page for more details and register for us to be able to inform you when more details are known.

Our Next UK Group Meeting...Will be our Summer AGM set for the last weekend of July. We meet at the Weston Mill Hotel, Bulkington, Coventryfor our meeting which will include our usual annual Silent Auction. We have two talks lined up so it looks to be an interesting day.

Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our early Spring meeting held on Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March in London. On Saturday we visited Freemasons Hall for a tour, then Lunch and meeting at the Lamb in Bloomsbury. In the evening we met at The Ship and Shovel, Charing Cross for a pint, then on into China Town for dinner. Sunday was devoted to a visit to Tate Britain followed by lunch in the Rex Whistler Restaurant. More details will follow in our next Newsletter which will be available this Summer. Below image, good to see Gina Kelland and Jackie Howden who were able to attend. Brian Russell gave a fascinating talk on Masonic Symbols used on Belleek Masonic plates.

Members at the Lamb for our Meeting

Below... At The Ship and Shovel enjoying a quiet Pint with Scotch Eggs and Crisps!

Enjoying A Pint on Saturday Night

Below..Sunday Morning at the Tate Britain awaiting our guided tour of the collection

At The Tate Gallery

2013 International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October. Below is a group photo of all attendees. The UK Group was well represented with members who made the journey to the States. The 2013 convention was put together by members shown above from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by all the attendees. Pleasse click HERE to visit our special 2013 Convention page

Belleek Attendees 2013

Belleek Conventions from 1993 to 2013 To view images and news from each and every International convention please click on ' Convention Home Page' in main menu left

Belleek Gathering 17 and 18 June 2015 at the pottery

News from Patricia McCauley at Belleek. There is a gathering to be held at Belleek soon. Please let the pottery know as soon as possible if you are going to attend. Details for the events and contact information shown below


Day One
11am Registration at the Pottery Reception. Coffee/Tea & scones in the Tearooms
11.30am Special Guided Tour of the Pottery.
“Be Creative” Hands On - Make, Create & Paint with professional assistance.
1pm Lunch Black Cat Cove choice of menu.
2pm Assemble at “Black Cat Cove” Main Street, Belleek For Guided Historical Walk around the village to include Belleek Pottery associated people and places.
7.30pm Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen – “Devenish Suite” Drinks Reception – Hosted by NI Collectors Group
Social Evening with Belleek Talks & “Belleek Bring & Buy”

11am Meet at the Pottery – “Belleek Specials” on offer in the shop.
Coffee & Tea in Tearooms
12.30pm Leave Pottery for Lusty Beg Resort on Boa Island(own transport)
1pm Bar Snack Lunch served at Lusty Beg your choice.
2.30pm Leave Lusty Beg-
3pm Visit home of Olga Clarke - Glenross Lodge, Irvinestown.
Opportunity to view her renowned Belleek Collection.
7.30pm Informal friendship gathering in the bar area of the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

Patricia McCauley Tel: 028 6865 8501
Helen Rankin Tel: 028 93362784
(It excludes payment for lunches and evening meals)
Participants will have to provide their own transport
The Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen is offering:-
2x Nights Bed & Breakfast & Dinner --£124.00 per person
Book direct with hotel saying deal for Belleek Tel 028 6632 3481


Belleek Web Sites.. See list left for related Belleek sites...If we've left your site out, please let us know!

Newsletter...most recent newsletters can only be viewed through subscribing to the UK Group either as full or if overseas as an associate member. Please click on our Join Us page to find out more

Above...Recently for sale on E Bay Canadian site was this rare and desirable tin plate Belleek Advertising Sign. These have survived in very low numbers. Our thanks to E Bay seller newtiquer9 for use of image

Above...We recently found this 2011 BBC News article relating to the return of one of the Belleek Pottery Visitors
Book from 1870 please click on image above to view

Rare Belleek Archive ... can be accessed left from menu options. These have been sub-divided into several areas and can be accessed using key headings, Crested, Painted, Tea Ware, Earthenware and Decorated. We will continue to add images firstly to our 'RARE Belleek Page' and then later to our individually themed pages. Above Pair of Rare 'Elcho' inspired Shamrock detailed vases, Second Period and below Rare Marine Vase. Thanks to ebay seller antiqbrkr.

Belleek Marine Vase 2nd Black Mark

Research Pages.... Please click on menu above left to view our updated research papers which are now available.

Eugene Sheerin Gallery 'On The Erne'. Second Period Mark One of the pieces above included in talk given at our October meeting

Identifying and Valuing Belleek Pieces... We are happy to help members and collectors identify pieces of Belleek but are unable to assist with valuations

Mix and Match Cup and Saucer Service...launched last year, Elaine Ewings, our new co-ordinator says the service is going well, some sucessful matches this year putting members in touch to follow up. The aims of 'Mix and Match' is to unite collectors who may want to buy or swap tea ware pieces to match and complete sets. Use our 'Contact Us' link for more information.relationship!!

Belleek Videos.. page recently launched. Link to page added to main menu left. We have discovered
some interesting Belleek related short films on You Tube .Now available... link to Jason Fowler's six videos of
his collection and an interesting link to a UTV programme called 'Lesser Spotted Ulster' which visits Belleek plus
an interesting look at a museum in Geelong, Australia with what is billed as the largest collection of Belleek
in the southern Hemisphere..unless of course, you know differently!

Belleek Videos..'Hands' Belleek Pottery commissioned a special one hour video film in 1987. Although
copies occasionally appear for sale on E Bay or Amazon, they are not found easily. Fortunately, there is a
copy held 'on line' and is an excellent snapshot of how Belleek was produced back in the 80's. It is great
to see so many familiar faces including Jim Flanagan, Albert, Fergus Cleary, John Doogan, Liam McCauley,
Vincent McCauley and Hugh O'Reilly to name a few. The video was shot before George Moore purchased
the pottery and invested in rebuilding the works. The pottery was still virtually untouched and remained
that way through the 1980's. The film is well worth watching and lasts for an hour. Unfortunately
there are adverts that pop up during the film. Without the adverts, historic films such as 'Hands' would not
be available on the web.

Click here for 1980's Belleek Video 'Hands'

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AND FINALLY.....OUR PIECES OF THE MONTH....FineLily of the Valley Decoration to First Period Bone China Part Tea Service. Thanks to 'by_appointment' for use of images

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