Body Style

Crystal Shape

Naming Source

Factory Named

Potter

Clementson Bros.
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Hanley, Staffordshire

Elsmore and Forster
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Tunstall, Staffordshire

Manufacturing Era

1870s

Treatment(s)

Copper Lustre

Footprints/Shapes

Oval
Round

Type(s) of Ware

Bath
Dinnerware

Motif(s)

Lustre Band
Morning Glory
Pepperleaf
Teaberry
Tobacco Leaf

Description

Crystal is a very plain bulbous style potted by two famous producers of Tea Leaf ironstone.  The only difference in the teapots is the rim style.  Clementson used a flanged simple rim while Elsmore & Forster scalloped their flanged rim.  Elsmore & Forster uses a heavily lustred knob finial.  

 

The basic body shape is similar to the Plain Uplift pieces potted by many companies in the 1870's and 1880's.  Elsmore & Forster's version is usually found with a six-leafed Pepper Leaf motif but there are examples with only five leaves.  Clementson Brothers used Teaberry and other motifs.  A pitcher by Clementson is on display at Har-Ber Village in Grove, Oklahoma.

 

Note that on Elsmore & Forster pieces the word "Crystal" is often found impressed as a backstanp.  The mark of this potter-named body style does not include the word "Shape."