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Potters Handbook

 

Acknowledgements

Two very special women pioneers on the subject of ironstone built the foundation for authoritative documentation of Tea Leaf Ironstone: Annise Heaivilin and Jean Weatherbee.

 

  • Annise Heaivilin, author of Grandma’s Tea Leaf Ironstone (Wallace-Homestead, 1981) introduced collectors to the potters of Tea Leaf Ironstone.  This book continues to inspire collectors today.
  • Jean Wetherbee, the author of several scholarly reference books on white ironstone including A Look at White Ironstone (Wallace-Homestead, 1980),  A Second Look at White Ironstone (Wallace-Homestead, 1985) and White Ironstone: A Collector’s Guide (Antique Trader Books, 1996). Jean, in association with the 1990 Education Committee Chair, Dale Abrams, provided the first formal classification of the common body styles found decorated with Tea Leaf family motifs.

 The following dedicated Tea Leaf Club International members have contributed to enhanced authoritative documentation of Tea Leaf Ironstone.

  • 1994-1995 Tea Leaf Club Education Committee: Chair, Nancy Upchurch;  members Mary Bertram, Tom Chadwick and Bob Skinner who researched marks, dates and potters and provided many of the names for the newly introduced body styles.
  • The 1994-1995 Editorial Review Board:  Chair, Dale Abrams; members, Adele Armbruster, Dick Brackin and Gale Frederick who reviewed the factual material in the original Handbook of Tea Leaf Body Styles (Tea Leaf Club International, 1995) and also contributed to the databank of information within.
  • The 2003 American Tea Leaf Handbook writers and contributors:  Author, Julie Rich; contributors, Jim and Nancy Gaines, Nancy Upchurch, Dale Abrams, Chris Weinbrenner, and Richard Brackin.  Julie championed American made Tea Leaf and educated members on the various potters and body styles of those wares.
  • The 2015-2019 Education Committee members:  Chair, Michael Compton; members: Dale Abrams, Annalea Robeson Cable, John Chrisman, Sue Chrisman and Marie Compton who created the TLCI Online Identification Guide and compiled data for the Guide.  They also entered the data into the Guide with the assistance of Chris Schaefer and Gaylon Gwin. In 2018, Jean Van Tuyle joined the Committee to add her photographic expertise.  This Committee published the 2016 & 2019 Body Style and Potter Handbooks from the on-line Guide. This Team’s combined expertise, dedication and hard work is much appreciated.  
  • All Education Committee Chairs: Dale Abrams, Nancy Upchurch, Adele Armbruster and Michael Compton whose leadership in educating club members and the general public on Tea Leaf ironstone potters, body styles and marks have kept the club strong.

 

Thank you to all of club members who continue to bring new information on Tea Leaf family ironstone to our attention and for your continuous efforts towards making our club smarter and stronger. 

 

Preface

About the title:
The Tea Leaf family includes not only the traditional Tea Leaf “Lustre Band and Sprig” motif but also many variations on the basic theme.  There are precedents for grouping all such motifs under the Tea Leaf umbrella dating back to trade papers of the 1930s.  The most impressive however, is the reference book Grandma’s Tea Leaf Ironstone by Annise D. Heaivilin that is a comprehensive guide to the potters who utilized copper and gold lustre motifs to decorate their wares.

In her book, Annise listed many potters such as Anthony Shaw, Alfred Meakin and Enoch Wedgwood who used the Tea Leaf design, but she also gave equal billing to potters such as Joseph Clementson, Elsmore & Forster, and Edward Walley who used some very popular design variations. 

Additionally, the Tea Leaf design itself has been found in many variations ranging from the original Anthony Shaw design, the traditional Alfred Meakin design, the bud-less design of the Davenport Pottery to the triangular-leaved gold lustre version used by Powell & Bishop. 

With these justifications we reference “Tea Leaf” in this handbook’s title to encompass a variety of copper and gold luster decorated wares.

 

About the contents:
Ever mindful of the adage “If a person asks you the time, don’t  tell him how to make a watch,” this reference lists all the pertinent information necessary for accurate identification of Tea Leaf potters, body styles and motifs without obscuring the facts with superfluous rhetoric.  The reader will find the data presented in a concise tabular format augmented by illustrations and/or photographs of each entry.

 

 

The Tea Leaf Story: A Brief History

Copper lustre decorated ceramic ware has been known for over a thousand years.  In the 7th century, Arabic potters decorated wares with pigments derived from metallic oxides.  Twelve centuries later, many different forms of metallic decorated ceramics were in vogue, primarily all-over treatments of copper, silver, or pink lustre.  By the 1840s, all-over lustre patterns had given way to a more restricted use where white ware was decorated with lustre bands and/or simple motifs.  Thus was born, Tea Lea Ironstone.

The name “Tea Leaf” is actually a 20th century invention.  Original names for this ware included “Lustre Band and Sprig,” “Edge Line and Sprig,” and “Lustre Spray.”  W.P. Jervis, in his Dictionary of Pottery Terms published in 1917, lists the name “Lustre Band and Sprig” and describes it as a “pattern with a band of lustre at edge and a flower spray in center.”  When, where, or why the nickname “Tea Leaf” came about is not known.  However, there is evidence that it has been in use since the 1920s, so it is well documented as the popular 20th century name for this collectible 19th century ware.


White ironstone bodies with lustre band decoration first made their appearance on the ceramic scene in the 1840s and 1850s.  These were products of the neo-classic revival and were featured on body styles such as Gothic and Grape Octagon.  Potters then began experimenting with designs to complement or augment the basic copper banding.  One of the most notable was Edward Walley whose early wares are found with copper lustre decorations featuring banding, spokes, scallops, and the winding vine motif we call “Pre-Tea Leaf.”  Another early motif is the very delicate Teaberry design found on wares potted by Jacob Furnival and Joseph Clementson.  Other popular designs included various styles of Pomegranates, a copper lustred Pinwheel, and several Botanical motifs.


Anthony Shaw gets the credit for designing the original Tea Leaf motif.  His Niagara Fan and Chinese Shape design body styles registered in 1856 are considered to be the first in a long line of traditional Tea Leaf ware.  There are examples bearing the Shaw Tunstall mark (1851-1856) that are decorated with stylized versions of what eventually evolved into the Shaw Tea Leaf; thus the controversy surrounding the actual date that the traditional Tea Leaf first appeared.  Shaw’s simple motif must have been an instant success for in the 1850s, he followed with a plethora of body styles all decorated with his distinctive Tea Leaf.


Meanwhile, other potteries were busy producing wares in competition with Shaw’s output.  Rather than adopt the Shaw motif, these potters preferred variations of the basic copper lustre design.  Jacob Furnival and Joseph Clementson used motifs featuring Teaberry, Cinquefoil or Coral designs.  Elsmore and Forster experimented with several variations, decorating their popular Portland Shape with a copper lustre Morning Glory motif and also with a berry motif called Reverse Teaberry which utilized green as well as copper lustre.  Other variations from this factory are the foliated Pepperleaf and Tobacco Leaf motifs.


By the 1870s, the Staffordshire district of England was awash in potteries producing white ware decorated with copper or gold lustre.  More than 25 English firms were turning out tons of dinner and toilet wares.  Such venerable names as John Edwards, Thomas Furnival, Alfred Meakin and Enoch Wedgwood were in full production putting out a variety of body styles decorated with the traditional “Lustre Band and Sprig” motif.  Their names and the names of their contemporaries are found in the list of Potters given with each body style entry.

Who were the buyers of these durable wares?  Not the good folk of the English croft or village; they preferred gaudily decorated polychrome lines.  The Tea Leaf produced in the heart of England was packed in barrels and loaded in the holds of the great sailing ships where it served as ballast for the journey across the “pond.”  Its destinations were the coastal towns of Nova Scotia and Maine and the great ports of the Eastern Seaboard.  From there it found its way to eager housewives in Eastern river towns and bustling farmwives in New England, Ohio, Ontario, and points west.  Many a dewy-eyed Missouri bride set up housekeeping with this practical but beautiful dishware, the pride and joy of her kitchen.


In the latter part of the 19th century, body styles were changing.  The Neo-Classic gave way to the Victorian.  Simple unadorned round or square styles were mass produced for use as hotel ware.  In contrast, the household trade was presented choices ranging from fanciful animal touches to elegantly embossed floral or embellished fluted designs, sure to bring out the romantic in even the most harried of housewives.


The traditional “Lustre Band and Sprig”, the Tea Leaf, was at the height of its popularity.  American potteries challenged the monopoly of the British imports by offering a variety of body styles and motifs.  Many of these were copies of popular English favorites but there were innovative styles introduced as well.  The American companies used both gold and copper lustre decorations, often with very stylized motifs, some mimicking their English cousins, others strictly original.


By the turn of the century, the Victorian age was soon to be concluded.  The public taste, influenced by the dawning of a new century, turned to newer styles in the decorative arts.  The angular lines of the Arts and Crafts Movement replaced the soft roundness of the Victorian scene.  The Age of Tea Leaf had come to its end.  Perhaps it is fitting that the firm credited with producing the first ware decorated with the traditional copper “Lustre Band and Sprig” motif, Anthony Shaw and his successor, Shaw & Sons, closed its doors in 1899, signaling the end of an era.

 

Epilogue
Even though production of Tea Leaf ironstone had ceased by 1910, many sets graced the tables of city and country folks alike for years to come.  By the 1920s and 30s, Grandma’s Tea Leaf dishes were cherished by new generations.  Tea Leaf became an avidly sought-after collectible.  By the mid 20th century, a Tea Leaf revival was in full swing.  The Adams Pottery of England and the American Red Cliff Pottery were the principal players in the production of the modern version of this old favorite.

Popularity of the century old Tea Leaf continued unabated.  The back-to-country movement in home decoration highlighted the simplicity of this beautiful white ware with a splash of lustre.  With renewed interest in Tea Leaf, two outcomes were inevitable.  First, that a book would be published; second that a collectors club would be formed.  The book Grandma’s Tea Leaf Ironstone by Annise Heaivilin was published by Wallace-Homestead in 1981.  And in 1980 an enthusiastic group of collectors formed what we know today as Tea Leaf Club International (TLCI).

 

Potter: William & Thomas Adams

Biography

Alternate Names:  WIlliam Adams, William and Thormas Adams, W Adams and Co,. WIlliam Adams and Sons.
In business from 1829-1865

Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Huron Shape
Vintage Shape
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Adams, William & Thomas - Unknown - Unknown - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Body Style: N/A
Collecting Category: N/A
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces:
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A

Potter: William Adams

Biography

Alternate Names:  WIlliam Adams, William and Thormas Adams, W Adams and Co,. WIlliam Adams and Sons.
In business from 1829-1865

Location: Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Huron Shape
Vintage Shape
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
William Adams - Huron - TL - Foot Bath

Description:

A spectacular and rare find.

William Adams - Huron - TL - Foot Bath
Item(s): Foot Bath
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Huron Shape
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
William Adams - Huron Shape - TL - Teapot

Description:

An elegant teapot topped off with a ring finial.
William Adams - Huron Shape - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Huron Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Ring
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
William Adams - Huron Shape - TL - Waste Jar - Master - 17 tall

Description:

This master waste jar would make quite an impressive addition to any collection.  A rare find indeed.  It stands 17 inches tall.
William Adams - Huron Shape - TL - Waste Jar - Master - 17 tall
Item(s): Waste Jar (Master w/lid)
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Huron Shape
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Ring
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
William Adams - Vintage Shape - TL - Plate

Description:

This plate is the only known example of Adams Vintage Shape decorated with a Tea Leaf. Printed mark: WIlliam Adams, Tunstall.  Also has the name ADAMS impressed on the underside.

William Adams - Vintage Shape - TL - Plate
Item(s): Plate
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Vintage Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: William Adams & Sons

Biography

20th Cewntury Tea Leaf potter.  In business from 1963-1972 and famous for their Empress shape.  Manufactured lots of unusual pieces not found in 19th century Tea Leaf like salt & pepper shakers, ash trays, jam jars, etc.

Location: Tunstall and Stoke, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Empress Shape
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Adams - Empress Shape - TL - Coffeepot

Description:

Coffepots are harder-to-find than teapots.
Adams - Empress Shape - TL - Coffeepot
Item(s): Coffeepot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Empress Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Domed Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Hexagon (6-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Adams - Empress Shape - TL - Pitcher

Description:

Pitchers come in a variety of sizes.
Adams - Empress Shape - TL - Pitcher
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Empress Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Hexagon (6-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Adams - Empress Shape - TL - Sugar Bowl

Description:

A sugar bowl in the Empress shape.
Adams - Empress Shape - TL - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Empress Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Domed Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Hexagon (6-Sided)
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Henry Alcock

Biography

1861-1910; Added Ltd to their name in 1901

Location: Cobridge, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Blanket Stitch (Piecrust)
Jumbo
Plain Round
Square Ridged - Square Pear
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Henry Alcock - Blanket Stitch - TL - Pitcher - 8.5 tall

Description:

This Blanket Stitch (or Piecrust) pitcher stands 8.5 inches tall.
Henry Alcock - Blanket Stitch - TL - Pitcher - 8.5  tall
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Blanket Stitch (Piecrust)
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Henry Alcock - Jumbo - TL - Coffeepot

Description:

Very unusual to find decorated with Tea Leaf.  Unusual elephant profile at peak of handle.  Perhaps potted to commemorate Jumbo the elephant (ca. Christmas 1860 – September 15, 1885), the first international animal superstar, and the first African elephant to reach modern Europe alive. Jumbo lived in the London Zoo for about 16 years, where he delighted visitors by taking them on trips around the zoo grounds in the howdah on his back. Jumbo was the biggest elephant in captivity. Due to this, American showman P. T. Barnum wanted Jumbo in his circus, eventually buying the elephant in 1882 for $10,000. Jumbo's sale initiated public outrage inBritain, and drew notice around the world. The British objected to the sale, and wrote letters to Queen Victoria urging that Jumbo remain in London. The courts ruled in Barnum's favor however, and the elephant was shipped to the United States. "Jumbomania", a fad for all things Jumbo, was born at this time. The civilized world was flooded with Jumbo neckties, jewelry, soaps, and other ornaments and souvenirs (and maybe irtonstone?). Jumbo debuted in the United States on Easter Sunday 1882 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. His death was met with worldwide grief and sorrow.
Henry Alcock - Jumbo - TL - Coffeepot
Item(s): Coffeepot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Jumbo
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Elephant
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed
Henry Alcock - Jumbo - TL - Coffeepot (Close Up)

Description:

Detail of the elephant feature
Henry Alcock - Jumbo - TL - Coffeepot (Close Up)
Item(s): Coffeepot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Jumbo
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed
John Alcock - Trent Shape - LB - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Body Style: Trent Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Potter: American Crockery

Biography

In 1876 American Crockery company was producting white granite wares.  The mark used was the English Lion & Unicorn with the initials of the company underneath it.

Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Unknown
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
American Crockery - Unknown - TL - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: N/A
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Anchor Pottery

Biography

Anchor Pottery was first owned by Israel Lacey.  Lacey owned the pottery from 1884 until his death in 1894.  After Lacey's death, the pottery was taken over by James E. Norris, Cyril Norris and Frank Norris, who built the business until they owned 14 kilns and employeed 250 people.  In the early 21st century some of the pottery buildings still existed on New York Avenue.  
The leaves of the Tea Leaf motif used by this firm are very spikey.

Location: Tenton, New Jersey
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware, Novelty
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Plain Round
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Anchor Pottery - Plain Round - TL - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: Oval, Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: John Bahl

Biography

Bahl Potteries, Inc. was in operation in 1940 and 1941 and only produced one known body style.  The owner's prior work history included being a designer for Edwin M. Knowles Co. (1910) and a partner in an East Liverpool Ohio (ELO) decorating firm.  
To date, the only known Tea Leaf pieces made by this potter are small bowls.

Location: Carrolton, Ohio
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Cameo Rose
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Bahl China - Cameo Rose - TL - Bowl 2

Description:

A closer look at the unique embossed banding that decorates this small bowl.  The pottery was only in business for one year and to-date small bowls are the only known pieces decorated with the tea leaf motif.
Bahl China - Cameo Rose - TL - Bowl 2
Item(s): Bowl (nested various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Cameo Rose
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Potter: William Baker

Biography

Wm Baker - 1839-1932
Baker & Chetwynd - 1869-1875
Ltd. added 1893
 

Location: Fenton, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Draped Leaf
Motifs:
Morning Glory
Baker - Draped Leaf - MG - Creamer

Description:

An elegant creamer in the draped leaf body style.
Baker - Draped Leaf - MG - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Draped Leaf
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Morning Glory
Baker - Draped Leaf - MG - Teapot

Description:

This potter was not a prolific producer of Tea Leaf wares.
Baker - Draped Leaf - MG - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Draped Leaf
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Gourd
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Morning Glory

Potter: Baker & Chetwynd

Biography

Wm Baker - 1839-1932
Baker & Chetwynd - 1869-1875
Ltd. added 1893

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Plain Round
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Baker & Chetwynd - Plain Round - TL - Pitcher 6.75 in.

Description:

This is an example of Baker & Chetwynd in a beautiful table pitcher.  It exudes teh simplicity of the Plain Round body styles.
Baker & Chetwynd - Plain Round - TL - Pitcher 6.75 in.
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Potter: J. F. Barrow & Company

Biography

Barrow & Company 1853-1856

Location: Longton, Staffodshire
Origins: N/A
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
N/A
Motifs:
Botanical
Barrow & Company - Unknown - Unknown - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Body Style: N/A
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces:
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A

Potter: Beardmore & Dawson

Biography

Also B&D
The Beardmore & Dawson firm was only in business for four months.  There were other Beardmore partnerships, but the B & D mark is very rare indeed.
1863

Location: N/A
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Double Banded Loop
Panache
Unknown
Motifs:
Lustre Band
Beardmore & Dawson - Panache - LB - Teapot

Description:

This teapot might be the very essence of the word panache - flamboyant confidence of style.  Notice the bold outlined designs on the base and spout as well as the deep embossing.
Beardmore & Dawson - Panache - LB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Panache
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Pomegranate
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Potter: Bennett

Biography N/A
Location: N/A
Origins: N/A
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
N/A
Motifs:
Moss Rose
Bennett - Unknown - MR - Syrup Pitcher

Description:

Ironstone syrup pitchers are hard-to-find.  They have a metal lid and ironstone body.  This one is decorated with the Moss Rose motif and gold lustre accents.
Bennett - Unknown - MR - Syrup Pitcher
Item(s): Syrup Pitcher
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Unknown
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose

Potter: Bishop & Stonier

Biography

Bishop & Stonier Ltd.
1891-1939
***See Powell & Bishop***

Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Chelsea
Golden Scroll
Square Ridged - Iona
Motifs:
Lustre Band
Tea Leaf
Bishop and Stonier - Chelsea - TL - Ewer and Basin

Description:

Wash bowl and Ewer
Bishop and Stonier - Chelsea - TL - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Chelsea
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Blakeney Pottery Ltd

Biography N/A
Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware, Novelty
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Bamboo
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Blakeney Pottery - Bamboo - TL - Invalid Feeder
Blakeney Pottery - Bamboo - TL - Invalid Feeder
Item(s): Other
Type(s) of Ware: Novelty
Body Style: Bamboo
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: T&R Boote

Biography

from 1872-1876

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Classic Shape
Senate Shape
Motifs:
Lustre Band
Tea Leaf
Boote - Classic Shape - TL - Bone Dish
Boote - Classic Shape - TL - Bone Dish
Item(s): Bone dish
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Classic Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Crescent
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Sampson Bridgwood

Biography

Alternate Names: Sampson Bridgwood and Son

Location: Longton, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Blanket Stitch (Piecrust)
Full Ribbed
Quilted Forget-Me-Not
Unknown
Motifs:
Cloverleaf
Tea Leaf
Bridgwood - Blanket Stitch - TL - Vegetable Tureen

Description:

Notice the medallion in the center of the finial.
Bridgwood - Blanket Stitch - TL - Vegetable Tureen
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Blanket Stitch (Piecrust)
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Arch - Elliptical
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Christian E. Brockmann

Biography

Brockmann Pottery Company was organized by Christian E. Brockmann in 1887.  Originally the pottery was established by Messrs. Tempest, Brockmann & Co. in 1862 and used the English lion and unicorn mark with T. B. & Co. underneath.  In 1881, the name was changed to Tempest, Brockmann & Sampson Pottery Co.  After 1887 when it became Brockmann Pottery Co., the same English lion and unicorn mark was used; however, beneath the mark appeared the letters B. P. Co.  The pottery was located in the West End of Cincinnati on Richmond Street.  Mr.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Cable Shape
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Brockmann Pottery - Cable Shape - MR - Gravy Boat

Description:

A serving vessel for gravy and sauces.  This one is decorated in a pretty Moss Rose motif.
Brockmann Pottery - Cable Shape - MR - Gravy Boat
Item(s): Gravy Boat
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Cable Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Moss Rose
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Potter: Broughham and Mayer

Biography

1856-1862

Location: Sandyford, Tunstall, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1850s, 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Augusta Shape
Classic Gothic
Motifs:
N/A
Broughham & Mayer - Classic Gothic - Unknown - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Body Style: Classic Gothic
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1850s, 1860s
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces:
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A

Potter: William Brunt

Biography

William Brunt, Jr. & Co. operated from 1865 to 1878.  The founder began making white ware at the East Liverpool pottery in 1877.  In 1878, his son William and son-in-law, Brad Louthan, joined him and the company name changed to William Brunt, Son & Co.  It operated under this name until 1911.

Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware, Novelty
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Melon Rib
Plain Round
Simple Square - Serving Pieces
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Brunt - Melon Rib - MR - Syrup Pitcher - 8.5 inch

Description:

The ribbed throat on this piece identifies it as Melon Rib body style.  The pewter lid and Moss Rose motif make this 8.5 inch syrup pitcher a wonderful decorative piece.
Brunt - Melon Rib - MR -  Syrup Pitcher - 8.5 inch
Item(s): Syrup Pitcher
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Melon Rib
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Moss Rose

Potter: Buffalo Pottery

Biography

Buffalo Pottery began operation in 1901 and continues to this day.  It was organized by William J. Rhea, a former employee of Mayer China Company of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and of Trenton Potteries of Trenton, New Jersey.  The company was originally founded to produce premiums for customers of Larkin Soap Company.
There is only one known piece of Buffalo Pottery adorned with the Tea Leaf motif.  A photograph of the platter owned by author, Annise Heaivilin, appeared in her book Grandma's Tea Leaf Ironstone.

Location: Buffalo, New York
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Unknown
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Buffalo Pottery - Unknown - TL - No Available Photo

Description:

Pieces may be marked "Vassar."
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: N/A
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 20th Century
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Burford Brothers

Biography

Burford Brothers was founded by brothers Oliver, George and Robert Burford.  This potter was in existence from 1882 to 1902.  The pottery became known for the quality of its decorative work.

Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Chelsea
Square Ridged - Bounty
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Burford Brothers - Plain Round - TL - Bone Dish
Burford Brothers - Plain Round - TL - Bone Dish
Item(s): Bone dish
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Crescent
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Henry Burgess

Biography

pottery in business from 1864-1892.

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Bamboo
Cable Shape
Chrysanthemum
Embroidered Chelsea
Grenade Shape
Plain Round
Reeded Round
Scalloped Rim - Serving Pieces
Simple Square - Pagoda
Simple Square - Serving Pieces
Square Ridged - Beaded Handle
Violet and Vine
Motifs:
Lustre Band
Tea Leaf
Burgess - Bamboo - TL - Pitcher

Description:

A 7 inch vessel for holding liquids
Burgess - Bamboo - TL - Pitcher
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Bamboo
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular, Square
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed
Burgess - Cable Shape - TL - Teapot

Description:

This is a Burgess Cable teapot.  Notice the elaborate decorations emanating from the inside of the handle.
Burgess - Cable Shape - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Cable Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Chrysanthemum - TL - Chamber Pot

Description:

A lovely chamber pot in the Chrysanthemum shape.
Burgess - Chrysanthemum - TL - Chamber Pot
Item(s): Chamber Pot
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Chrysanthemum
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Stepped
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Embroidered Chelsea - TL - Teapot

Description:

This body style is idetnified by the delicate embossing near the rims that resembles embroidery.
Burgess - Embroidered Chelsea - TL - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Embroidered Chelsea
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Elliptical
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Grenade Shape - TL - Relish-Pickle

Description:

This relish/pickle is dated to the 1860's.  This piece is unusual because it is decorated with a Tea Leaf and copper lustre.
Burgess - Grenade Shape - TL - Relish-Pickle
Item(s): Relish/pickle
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Grenade Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Other
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Plain Round - TL - Mug

Description:

A modern shaped mug.
Burgess - Plain Round - TL - Mug
Item(s): Mug (Shaving - various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Reeded Round - TL - Ewer

Description:

The graceful body and slim base make for a striking body style.

Burgess - Reeded Round - TL - Ewer
Item(s): Ewer
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Reeded Round
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Scalloped Rim - TL - Apple Bowl (scalloped)

Description:

A beautiful Scalloped Rim apple bowl.
Burgess - Scalloped Rim - TL - Apple Bowl (scalloped)
Item(s): Apple Bowl (scalloped)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Scalloped Rim - Serving Pieces
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Simple Square - Pagoda - TL - Sugar Bowl

Description:

A sugar bowl with lid.
Burgess - Simple Square - Pagoda - TL - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Simple Square - Pagoda
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Tudor
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Square Ridged - Beaded Handle - TL - Sugar Bowl

Description:

A sugar bowl in the Square Ridged - Beaded Handle body style.
Burgess - Square Ridged - Beaded Handle - TL - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Square Ridged - Beaded Handle
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Stepped
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Burgess - Violet and Vine - TL - Pitcher - 9.5 inches tall

Description:

The handle is star of this pitcher.  The body style name was derived from the Bird Foot Violet, a five petal flower with foliage resenbling the handle decoration.
Burgess - Violet and Vine - TL - Pitcher - 9.5 inches tall
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Violet and Vine
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Cartwright Bros.

Biography

Cartwright Bros. Pottery & Co. was founded by father, William Cartwright Sr., and sons Thomas, William, Jr. and Samuel.  The pottery was in production between 1880 and 1927.  Sometimes this pottery used a unique "lying down" Tea Leaf motif (named such by Annise Heaivilin).  

Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Plain Round
Simple Square - Pagoda
Simple Square - Serving Pieces
Unknown
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Cartwright - Plain Round - TL - Bowl (Waste) - 4 in. tall, 6 in. dia_

Description:

A waste bowl in the plain round body style.  This one is 4 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter.

Cartwright - Plain Round - TL - Bowl (Waste) - 4 in. tall, 6 in. dia_
Item(s): Bowl (waste)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed

Potter: E&C Challinor

Biography

Alternate Names:  E&C Challinor; Edward Challinor; C. Challinor
Challinor, Edward - 1854-1863
Challinor, E&C - 1862-1891
Challinor, C - 1892-1896

Location: Lane Delph, Fenton
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Cable Shape
Corinthian
Old Empress
Victorian Beauty
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Challinor - Cable Shape - TL - Shaving Mug

Description:

A shaving mug in the Cable body style.
Challinor - Cable Shape - TL - Shaving Mug
Item(s): Mug (Shaving - various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Cable Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Challinor - Scalloped Rim - TL - Bowl

Description:

The side view of the Challinor scalloped rim serving bowl.  The prize (tea leaf motif) is on the inside.
Challinor - Scalloped Rim - TL - Bowl
Item(s): Bowl (nested various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Scalloped Rim - Serving Pieces
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 20th Century
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed
Challinor - Victorian Beauty - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Body Style: Victorian Beauty
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces:
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A

Potter: Challinor & Mayer

Biography

This particular partnership was short-lived, being active only in 1887.  

Location: Fenton, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Unknown
Motifs:
Teaberry
Challinor & Mayer - Unknown - Unknown - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Body Style: N/A
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces:
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A

Potter: Chelsea China

Biography

Chelsea China Co. was in production between 1886 and 1896 (different sources state the opening was either a year before or a year after) but all agree it was in the late 1880s.  While no founder names are available, Hugh Robertson was appointed manager whent the pottery opened.  Sources say that the plant changed hands many times during its short history.

Location: New Cumberland, West Virgnia
Origins: American
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Cable Shape
Fancy Pie Crust
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Chelsea China - Cable Shape - TL - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Cable Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Chelsea China - Fancy Pie Crust - TL - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Fancy Pie Crust
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Arch - Elliptical
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Edward Clarke

Biography

1865-1887

Location: Tunstall, Longport, Burslem
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Plain Round
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Edward Clarke - Plain Round - TL - Brush Vase

Description:

A Plain Round brush or toothbrush vase.
Edward Clarke - Plain Round - TL - Brush Vase
Item(s): Brush Vase/Toothbrush Vase
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: Joseph Clementson

Biography

1839-1864
See also: Clementson Bros.
Many of the body styles potted by J. Clementson were continued by Clementson Bros.

Location: Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Copper Lustre with blue pinstripes and cobalt plumes, Copper Lustre with cobalt plumes, Copper Lustre with copper plumes, Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Augusta Shape
Chinese Shape
Classic Gothic
Dallas Shape
Full Panelled Gothic
Grape Octagon
Hill Shape (Medallion Scroll)
Lafayette Shape
Nautilus
New York Shape
Panelled Grape
Plain Round
Prairie Shape
Ring Handled Round
Motifs:
Botanical
Coral
Lustre Band
Seaweed
Teaberry
Other
Clementson - Augusta Shape - LB - Teapot

Description:

Pouring vessel for hot liquids such as coffee or tea.
Clementson - Augusta Shape - LB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Augusta Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre with red and blue pinstripes and cobalt plumes
Finials: Fig
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - Balanced Vine - TB - Bowl (Wash) - Reg 1867

Description:

A wash bowl or basin in the Balanced Vine body style.  This body style was registered in 1867.
Clementson - Balanced Vine - TB - Bowl (Wash) - Reg 1867
Item(s): Bowl (Wash)
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Balanced Vine
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Chinese Shape - LB - Teapot

Description:

No lustre decorates the finial and spout of this particular teapot.
Clementson - Chinese Shape - LB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Chinese Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Bud
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - Full Panelled Gothic - TB - Teapot

Description:

A teapot in the Full Panelled Gothic body style unmarked but probably made by Joseph Clementson.
Clementson - Full Panelled Gothic - TB - Teapot
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Full Panelled Gothic
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Conical Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Octagon (8-Sided)
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Heavy Square - TB - Ewer

Description:

An impressive ewer in the Heavy Square body style.
Clementson - Heavy Square - TB - Ewer
Item(s): Ewer
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Heavy Square
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Square
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Hill Shape - LB - Sugar Bowl with Polychrome

Description:

A sugar bowl adorned with copper lustre and colorful floral decorations.
Clementson - Hill Shape - LB - Sugar Bowl with Polychrome
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Hill Shape (Medallion Scroll)
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Finials: Fig
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Cake Plate
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Cake Plate
Item(s): Cake Plate
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Lafayette Shape
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre with blue pinstripes and cobalt plumes
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Impressed
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Covered Veg

Description:

A beautiful covered vegetable adorned with brilliant copper lustre.
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Covered Veg
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Lafayette Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Flower
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Lustre Band
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Impressed
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Pitcher
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Pitcher
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Lafayette Shape
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Sauce Tureen Undertray
Clementson - Lafayette Shape - LB - Sauce Tureen Undertray
Item(s): Undertray (sauce)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Lafayette Shape
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1840s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Lustre Band
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Impressed
Clementson - Nautilus Shape - LB - Sauce Tureen.

Description:

Unusual and early body style.  Note the dolphin handles on these interesting pieces.  Ladle with this set may not be correct for this body style.
Clementson - Nautilus Shape - LB - Sauce Tureen.
Item(s): Sauce Tureen
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Nautilus
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Dolphin Arch
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Diamond Shaped
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - New York Shape - LB - Chamber Pot

Description:

A chamber pot which is part of a bath set.
Clementson - New York Shape - LB - Chamber Pot
Item(s): Chamber Pot
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: New York Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1850s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Pod/Seed
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - Plain Round - TB - Egg Cup

Description:

Egg cups are treasured by collectors.
Clementson - Plain Round - TB - Egg Cup
Item(s): Egg Cup
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Prairie Shape - LB - Pitcher 2 with cobalt line and plumes

Description:

Another view of the Prairie Shape pitcher.
Clementson - Prairie Shape - LB - Pitcher 2 with cobalt line and plumes
Item(s): Pitcher/Jug
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Prairie Shape
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre with blue pinstripes and cobalt plumes
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band

Potter: Clementson Bros.

Biography

1865-1916
Ltd. from 1910

Location: Hanley, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath, Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Augusta Shape
Balanced Vine
Beaded Band
Classic Gothic
Crystal Shape
Elegance
Grape Vine
Heavy Square
Plain Round
Twelve Panel
Motifs:
Lustre Band
Tea Leaf
Teaberry
Clementson - Balanced Vine - TB - Ewer and Basin

Description:

Basin and Ewer.
Clementson - Balanced Vine - TB - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Balanced Vine
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Beaded Band - TB - Butter Dish - 3 pieces - 2

Description:

This is a three piece set with the unseen liner making it complete.
Clementson - Beaded Band - TB - Butter Dish - 3 pieces - 2
Item(s): Butter Dish
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Beaded Band
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Arch - Circular
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Crystal Shape - TB - Butter Dish

Description:

A beautiful and complete butter dish inlcuding the insert with drain holes.  Note that inside drainers rarely, if ever, had any motif design on them so that they could be used in a variety of wares.
Clementson - Crystal Shape - TB - Butter Dish
Item(s): Drainer - Butter
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Crystal Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Clementson - Crystal Shape - TL - Covered Vegetable

Description:

A plain but pleasant body style with uplift handles.
Clementson - Crystal Shape - TL -  Covered Vegetable
Item(s): Vegetable tureen (covered - various sizes)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Crystal Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Knob
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Clementson - Elegance - TB - Ewer and Basin

Description:

Aptly named, this ewer and basin are very elegant.

Clementson - Elegance - TB - Ewer and Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Elegance
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Type of Mark:
Type of Mark:
Stamped/Printed
Clementson - Grape Vine - TB - Soup Tureen

Description:

This is a stunning example of a rare item.  To be complete the set would have an undertray and ladle.
Clementson - Grape Vine - TB - Soup Tureen
Item(s): Soup Tureen
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Grape Vine
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Pretzel
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Heavy Square - TB - Chamber Pot
Clementson - Heavy Square - TB - Chamber Pot
Item(s): Chamber Pot
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Heavy Square
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Heart - Open
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Square
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Plain Round - TB - Brush Vase & Tray

Description:

A lovely brush vase decorated with the teaberry motif in a shape that was intended to go with many body styles.
Clementson - Plain Round - TB - Brush Vase & Tray
Item(s): Brush Vase/Toothbrush Vase with Undertray
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Plain Round
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry
Clementson - Twelve Panel - TB - Child's Cup and Saucer

Description:

Child-sized version of Clementson's adult dinnerware.
Clementson - Twelve Panel - TB - Child's Cup and Saucer
Item(s): Cup and Saucer (Handled)
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Twelve Panel
Collecting Category: High-end
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Child's
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Teaberry

Potter: R. Cochran

Biography

The Cochran pottery of Glasgow, Scotland, utilized the same Pre-Tea Leaf design made famous by Edward Walley.  Whether there was any connection between the Cochran and Walley potteries is not known.  The long-lived Cochran pottery was in business from 1846 to 1918 while the Walley pottery was in production for only a few short years from 1845 to 1856. 
 
Alt Name: R Cochran & Co.

Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre
Body Styles:
Arched Wheat
Hyacinth
Niagara Shape
Motifs:
Pre-Tea Leaf
Cochran - Arched Wheat - LB - Creamer

Description:

Pouring vessel (usually 4 to 5 inches in height).  Part of coffee or tea set.
Cochran - Arched Wheat - LB - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Arched Wheat
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Cochran - Hyacinth - LB - Teapot - WIth Teal and Pink Polychrome Lustre

Description:

A hard-to-find piece.  A Hyacinth teapot decorated with copper lustre and teal and pink decorations.
Cochran - Hyacinth - LB - Teapot - WIth Teal and Pink Polychrome Lustre
Item(s): Teapot
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Hyacinth
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Polychrome with Copper Lustre
Finials: Artichoke
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Lustre Band
Cochran - Hyacinth - PRE - Sugar Bowl

Description:

A hard body style to find.
Cochran - Hyacinth - PRE - Sugar Bowl
Item(s): Sugar Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Hyacinth
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: Artichoke
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Pre-Tea Leaf
Cochran - Niagara Shape - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: N/A
Body Style: Niagara Shape
Collecting Category: N/A
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces:
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: N/A

Potter: Cook and Mareck

Biography N/A
Location: N/A
Origins: N/A
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Bath
Treatments: N/A
Body Styles:
Cable Shape
Motifs:
Moss Rose
Cook and Mareck - Cable Shape - MR - Soap Dish

Description:

This shape was created by many different potters.  This soap dish would have also had a inside drainer.
Cook and Mareck - Cable Shape - MR - Soap Dish
Item(s): Soap Dish
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Cable Shape
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1870s, 1880s
Treatment(s): Gold Lustre
Finials: Rope/Cable (Ring 'n Cable)
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Oval
Motifs: Moss Rose

Potter: Cork, Edge & Malkin

Biography

1860-1870
See: Edge Malkin

Location: N/A
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: N/A
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: N/A
Treatments: N/A
Body Styles:
N/A
Motifs:
N/A
Cork, Edge & Malkin - Unknown - TL - No Available Photo
Item(s): N/A
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: N/A
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s
Treatment(s): N/A
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: N/A
Footprints/Shapes: N/A
Motifs: Tea Leaf

Potter: W & E Corn

Biography

formerly Edward Corn (1853-1863)

Location: Burslem and Longport, Staffordshire
Origins: British
Manufacturing Era: 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Type of Company: Potter
Type of Ware: Dinnerware
Treatments: Copper Lustre, Gold Lustre
Body Styles:
Bellflower
Coronet
Ribboned Oak
Rope
Square Ridged - Square Pear
Woodland
Motifs:
Tea Leaf
Corn - Bellflower - TL - Creamer
Corn - Bellflower - TL - Creamer
Item(s): Creamer (4"-5")
Type(s) of Ware: Dinnerware
Body Style: Bellflower
Collecting Category: Mid-Level
Manufacturing Era: 1860s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Rectangular
Motifs: Tea Leaf
Corn - Coronet - TL - Ewer & Basin

Description:

A elegant ewer and wash basin in the Coronet body style..
Corn - Coronet - TL -  Ewer & Basin
Item(s): Ewer and Basin/Bowl
Type(s) of Ware: Bath
Body Style: Coronet
Collecting Category: Common
Manufacturing Era: 1880s
Treatment(s): Copper Lustre
Finials: N/A
Adults/Child's Pieces: Adult
Footprints/Shapes: Round
Motifs: Tea Leaf