Occupied Japan, Coalport and Foley China Cups and Saucer Query
by Beverly Chodos
Occupied Japan, Coalport and Foley China Cups and Saucer query
Occupied Japan, Coalport and Foley China Cups and Saucer Query: I have two cups and three saucers that I am unable to identify. The cups are marked 'made in occupied Japan' and the saucers are marked 'Coalport' and 'Foley China made in England'. I can forward several pictures to help in the identification process.
Thank you so much.
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Reply by Peter (admin)
To:- Occupied Japan, Coalport and Foley China Cups and Saucer Query
Thanks for your query and your photos.
For a DIY approach for finding out how much your items might be worth, you could try my China Replacement
page and follow the instructions on how to price compare your wares. For example, at the time of writing I can see that a nice example of an 'occupied Japan' cup and saucer set might fetch $15.00 USD.
Your Coalport saucer is, of course, made by one of the most famous bone china makers in the world - a maker I work with to produce stunning figurines. Go to my section on Coalport
for more information about this historic company.
Foley are very special makers. Wileman & Co are the makers of both Foley pottery and Shelly. The good news is that for some reason or other, Shelly has become a very collectible pottery mark for certain enthusiasts, and the feeling may well have rubbed off on sister brand Foley China.
The only thing you need to be aware of (typical in this convoluted world of pottery markings) is that there is another, quite unassociated china mark called Foley by W.H Brain.
You can read the history of the Wileman Foley brand by going to my A to Z Guide on China Manufacturers
. Look under 'S' for Shelly.
The story of the 'other' Foley is as follows:
Around 1885 a gentleman called Mr E. Brain bought out his partner (Mr Robinson) at the Foley works, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. On his father's death W.H Brain took over. They had a well known trade mark 'EB'. Wileman & Co produced china from the same Foley works between 1892 and 1925.
Wileman was also in partnership with J.B. Shelley over that period. In 1925 the company was renamed 'Shelley'.
There is yet another 'Foley' called 'Old Foley' by James Kent Ltd of Longton who produced various pottery marks out of the 'Old Foley Pottery' from 1897, but didn't market an actual 'Old Foley' brand until after 1955.
Really hope this information helps, Beverly.
p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china