During the course of the Early Series, Premier Pottery introduced an additional small numbering series for some special pieces - the 'Alphabet' Series. Each number comprised a letter of the alphabet denoting the shape, followed by a digit denoting the form of decoration. The decoration was in low relief and was modelled by John Castle-Harris who is believed to have been at Premier in 1935.
'Alphabet' Series pieces are rare. Few examples are recorded and the numbering system is only partly understood. More are needed to clarify and verify the system and if you have one we'd love to hear from you; contact us. Every piece recorded to date is quite large. They are highly valued, examples having sold at auction for thousands of dollars.
Shapes recorded are A, B, C, D, F, H, I, J and L. Still missing are E, G and K which remain unknown.
The applied decorations and the numbers denoting them are;
3 Koalas (nestled together)
6 Large gumleaves
Shape 'A'; Bulbous jardiniere with plain lip
Matches no known Early Series number.
Height; 17.5 cm
Numbered A 2. Koalas, separated.
Shepparton Art Gallery 1977.09
Numbered C 4. Finches
Shape 'C'; Jardiniere with flared lip, ribbed at base