Need help identifying "England" EIT mark

by Katrina
(Stafford, VA)

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Need help identifying "England" EIT mark:- I have 4 of these plates that were left by my husband's first wife. She didn't want them and he believes that they belonged to her grandmother but isn't sure. I have searched several sites and cannot find this mark anywhere. I have found similar patterns and they have been called lots of things but most commonly it is "England Red River-Red"

All 4 plates have the same pattern, but the depth of color varies from plate to plate. It varies from a deeper almost maroon to a rosy pink depending on the plate and the shading within the scene on each plate.

Three of the plates have the same imprint on the back that is a fancier "EIT" with the "ENGLAND", but one of the plates has a standard print "EIT" that matches the print on "ENGLAND".

Any information about the mark and the pattern would be greatly appreciated.

Katrina

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Need help identifying "England" EIT mark

Hi Katrina

Many thanks for submitting, and hope you are finding the site useful. The first thing to say is I have never heard of or come accross any company called EIT before - and I have seen many different queries come through this website.

I looked in my faithful Goddens encyclopedia and not a hint of this name.

If it not in Goddens it normally means it is a very obscure maker or a more modern mark than the 1960's edition I have.

It was not mentioned in Kovels either.

My first impression when I looked at the photos was - this looks exactly like Johnson Brothers Ironstone (part of the giant Wedgwood Group - recently in and out of administration).






I started digging around and firstly found a lot of EIT around for sale. I found it stood for English Ironstone Tableware Ltd of Staffordshire. Which got me no further forward at all.

I saw one seller listed the items as being 1930's. I have my doubts - why would this firm not be mentioned in Goddens? One thing was common amongst the sellers - they didn't have a clue who EIT were and when the items were made.

Then I began to find modern references to English Ironstone Tableware Ltd. They were mentioned in a recent report on industrial waste by Stoke-on-Trent local authority (dated 1998 to 2011).

I also saw some versions of the mark with "dishwasher proof" on them.

The thing is, not many companies have survived into the modern age without being part of a big group, and if they have, they are well documented in Goddens and Kovels as well as online.

EIT seem to have appeared from nowhere, there is a lot of it around and it looks like Johnson Brothers production, there is no room in this market for new companies who aren't somehow backed by a large group.

My guess would be EIT is a subsidiary brand of The Wedgwood group (or other business group) and made fairly recently.

One way of finding out would be to ask Wedgwood, if you can find anyone left to answer your query.

Other contributors please try to help out with query please, let's get to the bottom of it (check out the comments section below for replies).

Peter (admin)

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EIT LTD ENGLAND dishware
by: Dave in Readsboro, VT

We bought a full set of the above at Bradlee's (an early Wal-Mart now out of business) in Keene, NH, in 1992. Everything from dinner plates to cups and saucers went for less than $50. Though cheap, the set was nice and we'd love to find cup replacements. Any further ideas?

EIT PLATES
by: Anonymous

I purchased some of the EIT plates from England yesterday at a thrift store and they have blue flowers on white background. They only had a few but I loved the colour blue and the design. Would love to find more of these. Your information about EIT was very helpful. Thank you.

"England" EIT mark
by: Anonymous

About a year ago I bought a full set of "Blue Willow" that is all stamped EIT with England underneath. I bought it on E-bay and it is pretty but it was cheap. The seller didn't explain anything about the company and I haven't been able to find much. The seller did say that it was made in the 1960's. I came here hoping to find more information. I now know that everyone with the china is hunting the same information! Good luck everyone!

EIT English Ironstone Tableware Ltd.
by: anonymous

I too was searcing for information on a plate marked English Ironstone and EIT. The next Google hit after this one gave me the following information. EIT = English Ironstone Tableware Ltd. was a manufacturer of ceramic items, in Manchester, England. It was incorporated in 1982 and dissolved in 2000. That is the most information I could find. Hope it helps anyone else searching for any information on this maker.

EIT
by: Loz

Hey guy's i have 3 of these old willow plates but mine have different mark on base these are hand inscribed English Ironstone Tableware they also show the 3 dimples on the base of plates indicating hand made and very early examples

Charles Mason ?
by: Anonymous

There is (was) an item for sale on Ebay (230759668934) where the seller suggested a piece carrying the EIT/England mark was attributable to Charles Mason - he of the Ironstone patent. This identification was made by Boham's Auctioneers of Chester in the UK. The item itself appears to be a saucer in the "Parrot" design.
I am sceptical as the Mason's marks are fairly well known via Godden and this does not feature. Good luck.

1960's
by: Patricia Hatton

I can't tell you anything about the English Ironstone Company (EIT) but I can tell you that their backstamp was very common in the 1960's on everyday wares. In about the mid 1960's, I worked in an English hardware store chain called "Timothy Whites" (taken over by Boots the Chemist in about 1966/7). One of the many things I sold on my counter (no 'serve yourself' back then!) was boxed sets of cups / saucers / plates for everyday use and these were often marked EIT. They were cheap and chearful and offered in many patterns - iconic 'modern' 1960's styles in bright colours (predominately blue, brown, orange - large stylised flowers) and willow pattern was also very popular.

Found some in Black Forest
by: Anonymous

Just found 32 pieces of the red design in my mother in law's cupboard. My mother in law said no one wants them so we will give them to a nonprofit thrift shop.

EIT Blue Willow
by: Anonymous

I to have some of the Blue Willow plates myself with EIT with England under it in my search I have found an artical online that states EIT is the "TRUE" Blue Willow English Ironstone Transferware made by English Artisians in the Historic Pottery District of Stoke On Trent (The Potteries)in the county of Staffordshire in England.
EIT Blue Willow is handmade not machine made. The ironstone manufacture method is to expensive to manufacture today, EIT has closed it's doors and it's products are now collectibles.

more sentimental value than monetary
by: Anonymous

My mother bought a set of the blue pattern for me in the 80s. She had a cup of this pattern from a child's teaset that was her's, which would have been in the early 40's. I loved the little teacup. So when I was in high school, mid 80's our local grocery store had a "deal". For every so many grocery receipts, money amount, you could get a piece of the blue willow at a very decent price. She was able to buy me the entire set. Dishes for 8. And the hostess set, etc..... all the "extra" pieces. They all have the EIT mark on the bottom. My thinking is that its an inexpensive "knockoff" of the original Blue Willow that came from England generations ago. I still love and cherish my set, but Im sure its more sentimental rather than monetary value.

EIT Ltd - Mass Production, Not Vintage
by: MV

Dear readers,

I bought some stoneware plates with the EIT Ltd mark in a supermarket in Portugal in the 1980´s. The design is very small blue flowers on a white ground, they look like drawn with an ink pen. Later that same year the design was offered by Heine, a german catalog mail order shop, where I bought the set they offered. Beautiful though it is, EIT is not a vintage brand as some sellers in the internet and elsewhere claim. I still enjoy my set very much!

Best regards,

MV

Linderhof EIT Plate
by: Victoria R

Hi there, I recently came across this plate which has EIT ENGLAND and 2 circles indented on the back. It has a picture of Linderhof "Palace" in various shades of dark pink on a cream background. I'm assuming the "Palace" or Manor is German. Does anyone want it ? No charge, (just the postage)

Regards, Victoria
Maylands, Perth
Western Australia.

EIT is discontinued
by: Anonymous

It was handmade transferware ironstone, and was around for decades, but they closed, so there is no "new" EIT, though there is some that is more recent.

EIT ENGLAND PLATE
by: Sheil, Wales

THE PLATE I HAVE IS A BLUE SCENE ON WHITE, THERE ARE BLUE FLOWERS AROUND THE OUTER RIM WITH FOUR WHITE RIBBONED AREAS OPPOSITE EACH OTHER, THREE OF THESE RIBBONED AREAS HAVE WINTER OR WINTERE WRITTEN IN THEM AND THE FOURTH HAS HIVER OR HIVERE WRITTEN IN IT. THE SCENE IS A SNOW SCENE WITH COTTAGES IN THE BACKGROUND AND THREE MEN TO THE FOREGROUND WITH HELMETS ON THERE HEADS, THEY ARE CARRYING VERY LONG POLES,A COUPLE OF GOATS ARE WITH THEM, THEY ARE WALKING THROUGH SOME TALL TREES. HAS ANYONE GOT ANY IDEAS ABOUT THIS PLATE. THE HELMETS AND POLES GIVE ME THE IMPRESSION IT IS NOT AN ENGLISH SCENE. THE BACK OF THE PLATE HAS SOME SMALL AREAS WHERE IT IS NOT PATICULARY WELL GLAZED, THREE RAISED RINGS AT THE BASE WITH THE MARKINGS EIT ENGLAND IN THE CENTRE. WHAT DO YOU THINK, ANY IDEAS.

Antique
by: Anonymous

Hi Searchers
E I T is an English Ironstone tableware company

The EIT Ltd brand
by: Harriet

I second the information given by the person who worked at an ironmongers in the 60s. I lived in England and this "blue willow" dinnerware was everywhere in grocery stores, ironmongers, flea markets, etc. The fine Blue Willow will be smooth and perfect and made by the major china companies.

Bears playing at a Picnic
by: Anonymous

I have a 7" childs plate which has an adorable scene of bears playing at a picnic and enjoying honey. The center back of the plate has "EiT" and "ENGLAND" in a half circle underneath. I am curious about it's value??!!

EIT
by: Anonymous

I worked there from 1979 to 1994 EIT is English Ironstone Tableware although there are some nice patterns it was mass produced second rate pottery .

eit
by: Anonymous

A few pennies.

teddy bears picnic mug
by: Anonymous

Hi i found a small mug in a wall of my garden in 1999 and it has eit ENGLAND on the bottom the eit are not capitals can you tell me any think about it regard elle

question NEW
by: Anonymous

I recently acquired a blue willow plate, but on the back, the e looks more like a euro sign --€, and the IT with ENGLAND underneath... still EIT??thanks

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