Antique Bone China Query - Royal Stafford

by Joyce
(central fla)

Antique Bone China Query - Royal Stafford

Antique Bone China Query - Royal Stafford

Antique Bone China Query - Royal Stafford:- I acquired this set in the 1970's. It came from the estate of a woman who had died. She probably bought it some time in the 1950's.

It is heavily gilded and is in perfect condition. There is also a gold handwritten number that is either 4629 or 4619 on the bottom. Also made in England Est. 1845. I attached the two pics you requested.

I appreciate anything you can tell me about it and if it is valuable. Thank you.




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Reply by Peter (admin)

To:- Antique Bone China query - Royal Stafford

Hi Joyce

Nice pic, thanks. Beautiful set!

Royal Stafford is a 'brand name' backstamp of an English company from Staffordshire called Thomas Poole.

Not to be confused with "Royal Staffordshire China" (E. Hughes & Co), Royal Staffordshire Pottery (Arthur J. Wilkinson (Ltd) AKA Clarice Cliff) OR Crown Staffordshire (T.A. Green).

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.

The mark of your set shown above comes from the era after 1952.

Regarding your question as to its value, the first thing to say is I don't ever do valuations myself. Valuations for vintage and fine china are specialist niches requiring vast amounts of knowledge and research material. I'm just an enthusiast who's lucky enough to work in the industry.

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info needed
by: Anonymous

Can any one tell me about a bowl with the word cliff and a crown and Montreal and a small letter v mark?

information on pottery
by: paula coleman

I have a whole set of dishes that were left to me by my mother. I have been researching them for at least 8 years with absolutely no luck. Today I found a very similar set but with a different name so now I'm totally confused. I have royal staffordshire pottery, royal ascot-empress but I found hampton to be very similar. Any information on the set would be helpful, my mom bought them from an old lady 50 years ago and we have NO information on them.



Hi Paula

Don't be confused - 'open stock' transfer print patterns were bought by many different Staffordshire companies and then given various pattern names.

Royal Ascot was a brand of Soho Pottery (Ltd) later known as Smith & Binnall and later still Simpson Pottery.

Hampton was a backstamp trade name of Swinnertons of Hanley.

Also there are many different, but similar sounding Staffordshire firms. Royal Staffordshire was owned by A J Wilkinson (who made for Claris Cliff).

Then there was......

Crown Staffordshire (Thomas Green of Fenton)

Royal Stafford (a merger of Thomas Poole and Gladstone China Ltd)

Staffordshire Potteries (Keele Street Pottery - later bought out by Grimwades Royal Wintin).

Hope this helps your confusion.

Peter (admin)



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