Signed H aynsley & co but no potters stamp/mark Querie
I guess mine is a familiar story, when the wife's mother passed away, we where left with a house full of mainly junk. We do not like to throw good things away, so kept most including a cupboard full of so called "best china".In the cupboard it has stayed for the last fifthteen years.
Recently I have started to collect and have an interest in Australian pottery.I usually buy mixed lots from auction and have heaps of fun reseaching the potteries from where them came. Anyway after one such auction in which I purchased some English china.
My wife reminded me of her mothers china hidden away in the cupboard. I rummaged through and found the H aynsley & co dish, which apparently belonged to her grandmother.
I did some research and found out that H aynsley and Co was fouded by Herbert & Harry Aynsley, with the help of J Aynsley (the second) an established potter in Longton, Staffodshire, England. The company started in 1873(maybe 1869). at this time I believe potters marks were in use.
An example of a Staffordshire potters Knot of the company H Aynsley & co is shown above in use from 1945 to 1890. My piece as can be seen in the photo's is only signed and has no potters mark, it has a L which I believe would be for longton.
I should be grateful if you good folks here on this very informative site, could enlighten me,as why there should be no potters mark, why is it only signed also how can I date the piece.
Aynsley were and are a major Staffordshire bone china maker of high quality, with many different variations of their marks. Your signature mark is just one variation.
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