Sheet Patterns (sometimes referred to as Chintz) Some of the designs from Spode were known as sheet patterns.A sheet pattern is a design which is not engraved to specifically ‘fit’ different objects.These sheets could be used on their own printed in a plain colour.
So the main pattern is applied first and that which appears as the 'background' is actually applied over the main print.They were the proprietors of 'Skipper Sardines' and offered Spode sandwich dishes as a premium gift in connection with a sales promotion of their famous tinned fish.Although documents concerning the original project no longer exist it seems they had two different promotions each one offering the same object but with a different scene. Many, many of these plates were produced and are often seen today.An example of this type of pattern is Tumbledown Dick, produced in several versions, (in Fig 2) with Marble sheet. The transfer paper was removed, either by peeling or washing off, leaving the printed outline behind. Then the Marble sheet pattern, which was to act as the 'background', was printed in the required colour and transferred over the whole surface.The flowers, leaves, birds and branches were then painted with a water soluble resist with the wonderful name of 'ackey'. When the paper of this transfer was washed off the 'ackey' was also washed off leaving the main pattern visible.