Staffordshire China - David Chapman & Sons - Atlas Pottery Mark and Grimwades Winton
Goddens Shows Two Atlas Pottery Marks
Staffordshire China - David Chapman & Sons - Atlas Pottery Mark and Grimwades Winton:- A Contribution by Peter (admin) on the question of what happened to the 'Atlas' pottery mark after Chapman & Sons ceased trading.
The study of the Staffordshire china potteries is sometimes head spinning in complexity. None more so than the enigma surrounded in a mystery that is the fate of David Chapman & Sons and their Atlas pottery mark.
I normally can rely on my trusty Godden's as the arbiter of all knowledge on Staffordshire china. The first thing to say is that according to the hallowed text of Goddens there were two distinct Chapman Staffordshire china companies.
One is David Chapman & Sons of the Atlas Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire - founded 1889 and continued only until 1906. The other is Chapmans Longton Ltd of Albert Works, Longton which was established in 1916 and continues through to modern times with their 'Standard' pottery mark amongst others (see article here: Chapmans's Standard China Pottery marks).
Godden says D. Chapman & Son continued until 1906 when it's name was changed to Atlas China Co Ltd. Prior to that there was a shift of name in 1904 to "Chapman & Sons (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd.
After 1906 Goddens says it has records of the Atlas pottery mark (man with globe on his back) being used until 1910 on tableware and then also on 'The Atlas Tile Works' of Vine Street, Hanley 1907-1920. There is no mention of the pottery mark being transferred to Grimwades / Winton.
In a separate entry it lists 'Atlas' as being a pottery mark associated with Grimwades / Winton. Here it starts to become slightly murky and smokey because when you cross reference the Grimwades / Winton entry, you see only one mark for 'Atlas' dating from 1934 to 1939 - and it is not the classic 'man with globe on his back'. The mark shown is a kind of art nouveau cursive circular script saying 'Atlas' on the top and 'bone china England' underneath.
However, I have seen for sale on ebay the 'man with globe on his back' pottery mark with 'Grimwades' substitutes for 'Chapmans' in the band across the globe. However, overall the mark looked like a bastardized version of the original Chapman's Atlas mark - not well drawn - almost as if a child had copied it. This does not seem to fit well with the rather beautifully drawn pottery marks of Grimwades / Winton of which there are 16 different examples shown in the Godden's listing.
It made me wonder if some bright spark was taking David Chapman & Sons wares and forging the mark to look like the highly collected Grimwades / Winton brand. If not, I would like to find out more about why, if the new badly drawn mark is genuinely Grimwades, it was drafted so poorly.
I also need to know when Grimwades / Winton took over the Atlas pottery mark as there is no mention at all of this transfer in Goddens.
If anyone can shed some light on this I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL.
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