I started this blog to share the knowledge that I have gained from looking at patterns on 19th century British earthenware. As an editor of the Pattern and Source Print database of the Transferware Collectors Club, I look at many patterns. The rabbits on this child's plate (notice the molded alphabet border), "Willie and His Rabbit" looked like French Lops. However, when I did a bit of research, I discovered they were English Lops. The English Lop has longer ears than his French cousin. It was arguably the first rabbit to be bred as a pet rather than for its fur or meat. The English Lop was a very popular pet in the 19th century and remains popular today.