China, Pottery & Porcelain

William Baddeley [I]

Pictured: Wedgwood’s black basalt pottery was an improvement on the stained earthenware known as Egyptian black made by other Staffordshire potters.
Manufacturer of earthenwares, often in Wedgwood style, at Eastwood, Hanley. c. 1802-22
Potter and lathe-maker at Eastwood, Hanley. William Baddeley commenced making brown ware at Eastwood about 1710, and about 1765 Read more

Aynsley and Sons, Ltd, Longton, Staffordshire 1864-1971

Pictured: Aynsley’s Portland Works in Sutherland Road, Longton
Part of the Waterford Glass Co. Ltd
Purchased by the Aynsley Group PLC in1987 who then purchased names and patterns of Hammersley China Ltd, and Palissy Pottery Ltd. 1989

Later mark includes name Aynsley with England from 1891
‘Ltd’ from 1933

John Aynsley & Sons (ltd)
Longton 1864 – present
Portland Read more

John Aynsley

Aynsley Have been producing high quality Fine Bone China for 237 years, establishing a reputation for beautiful product encompassing skilled craftsmanship, elegant shape and exquisite design.
John Aynsley (1823 – 7 February 1907) was an English potter.
John Aynsley (II) was born in Longton, Staffordshire and later established the Portland Works Read more

G L Ashworth and Brothers Limited

Manufacturers of earthenware at Hanley. c.1861-1968
In 1968 renamed Mason’s Ironstone China Ltd.
Nationality:  British
Brief Bio:  1861-1968, potter; manufacturer of earthenware, Hanley, England

1859-1862 – traded as Morley & Ashworth
1862-1968 – G. L. Ashworth & Bros
Becoming a limited company in 1914; 1968 – known as Mason’s Ironstone China; The factory was at Broad Street Works, Hanley, Read more

Charles Allerton & Sons

(Pictured: Staffordshire England ~ c. 1890 This is a 7 ” child’s transferware Alphabet plate , circa 1840. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze. Credit:
Manufacturers of earthenwares and china at Longton.
Lustre decoration a specialty.


Charles Allerton & Sons, Park Works, High Street, Longton, Read more

Samuel Alcock & Co

Manufacturer of porcelain, parian and earthenware at Cobridge and Burslem, c.1828-59
Samuel Alcock (1799–1848) was a leading pottery manufacturer based in Burslem, Staffordshire in the mid 19th century.
Samuel (also spelt Samual in some contemporary references), born in Kingsley, Staffordshire, was the youngest of the nine children of Read more

How to interpret diamond marks

1. Diamond marks

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During the period 1842-1883 the Patent Office issued a diamond mark along with the registration number when a design was registered.
Besides indicating that the design had been registered, a diamond mark offered the buyer the reassurance of knowing an item was of British design. It Read more

Sunken Chinese Treasures

Some astounding finds made in the seas off Southeast Asia. In the space of just a few years German explorer Tilman Walterfang recovered long lost treasures from three different wrecks.
It all started eight years ago when concrete company director, Walterfang became fascinated by an Indonesian employee’s account of sunken Read more

Wood & Sons 1715 to 1993

For considerably over two centuries the Wood family of Burslem has been in the forefront of those who are memorable in ceramic history. Early in the eighteenth century, as every collector’s manual informs us, there were three brothers, Ralph, Aaron and Moses Wood.
Ralph, the eldest, born in 1715, achieved Read more

William Adams & Son(s) (Potters) Ltd

The Adams family of Potters
The Adams family had potteries in Staffordshire as early as 1650. At that date two brothers, William and Thomas had separate ventures in Burslem.
Earlier names: W.Adams, W.Adams & Co, W Adams & Son
Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. Manufacturer of earthenwares, basalt, jasper, ironstone wares under various styles from Read more