ROYAL STAFFORD CLOVELLY SET

by Ella
(Somerset)

ROYAL STAFFORD CLOVELLY SET

ROYAL STAFFORD CLOVELLY SET

ROYAL STAFFORD CLOVELLY SET:- Hello, I am a little confused because I have ROYAL STAFFORD CLOVELLY SET as in an attached photo. I would like to know the production date but when I search on your web sites I have found this information (Royal Stafford Article):


    “Royal Stafford is a 'brand name' backstamp of an English company from Staffordshire called Thomas Poole. (...) Thomas Poole were founded in 1880 and were formerly known as Johnson & Poole. The 1845 date on many of their pottery marks, presumably comes form the inception of that company, although this is not corroborated by my books. In 1952 the company was re-formed to become known as "Royal Stafford China". This company was an amalgamation of the the two firms of Thomas Poole and Gladstone China Ltd.”
In addition I found some ebay sites with very diffrent information about age of this set for example:

1940-1959

1960-1979

1980

Could anybody help me, I am very confused, please....

Ella

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ROYAL STAFFORD CLOVELLY SET

Hi Ella

I am not sure exactly why you are confused. The Royal Stafford backstamp was used by Thomas Poole from 1912 onwards, and in 1952, they changed their name to 'Royal Stafford China'.

This means your Clovelly patten could haver been made anytime from 1912 to more recent times, as Royal Stafford survived longer than most firms. The history of ownership is very telling in a case like this with regards to dating a set.

Of course, the most accurate way of dating would be to date the mark shown in your photos. The problem is neither Kovels nor Godden's Encyclopedia show this exact mark at all, so one can only take a guess.

Clues are as follows:-

Marks not shown in Goddens are often more recent.

The cleaner the mark, the newer it is (yours looks clean).

Imaginary dates (1845) for establishment of the firm tend to be a more modern invention (the firm was actually founded in 1880. Johnson & Poole were the previous partnership, founding date unknown - presumably 1845)

Hope that clears up some of the confusion for you

Peter (admin)

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Clovelly Set
by: Maria Cullen

Hi Ella,

I have the exact same set, which I love and especially so because of the wonderful memories I have since the day I purchased it in Portadown Ireland. It has successfully traveled with me to USA, SA, and back to USA.

I purchased it new from an exclusive upscale store that only carried quality, distinctive and highly respected manufacturers. They specialized in fine china, waterford chrystal etc. I recall purchasing it for the easter holidays in 1973. I can't recall what I paid for it, but what I clearly remember is, that at the time of purchase,I had to think long and hard about the price as it certainly wasn't one of the lower priced items they carried. Don't know if aforementioned means or helps any but at least we've established two things. (a) Quality (b) that it was definately NOT made after 1973.

Hopefully my input has been of some benefit to you. As for me, it was lovely to see your request and know that somebody else out there treasure a set like mine. :-) Long live quality and the finer things in life!

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