These are some designs done on very thin tracing paper. They are then used to etch the copper plates. The copper plates are then inked, paper is put on top of them, then the designs were transfered to a plate .
I have also included some of the actual plates. Some of them I found on eBay and some of them we still have.
Here are several of Frank Wilkinson’s china designs from the 1940s. These would have been done for the various china manufacturers in the US. Including Syracuse China, Jackson China, Oneida China, etc.
I believe that this is the first step in designing china. Sort of a rough draft for the final product.