Bone China "James Shaw" Mystery
by Barbara Hayes
Bone China "James Shaw" Mystery:- Hi, I have some lovely figurines which were made by my great grandfather's brother's family some time in the early 1900's. The mark on the bottom is "James Shaw Longton England". Apparently this was a family business but I can't find any information anywhere on this so would be ever so grateful if you know anything.
A collection was bought out to Australia by my grandfather's brother when he migrated sometimes in the 1930's (I think). I assume this is when he left the family business.
(I hope the photos are attached, if not I can send a standard email).
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Reply by Peter (admin)
Thanks for your interesting query. Totally fascinating!
This is the type of query I do the site for. I really appreciate the time and trouble you took to upload the photo and share the story of your family.
Goddens make mention of several Shaws, but nothing on James Shaw.
Anthony Shaw ( A Shaw & Co; & Son) formally of Tunstall founded 1851, then taken over by Staffordshire Potteries in 1900 (A J Wilkinson - later to produce Carice Cliff wares)
Shaw & Copestake (Sylvac) of Longton 1901 - 1982
George Shaw of Rotherham, Yorks, (G S & S) 1887 - 1948
John Shaw & Sons of Longton (Burlington Ware and Art Pottery) 1931 - 1963
Ralph Shaw of Cobridge (Early to mic 1700's)
Shaws & Sons of Tunstall (S & S) 1892 - 1910
Goddens also have a special appendix on the name 'Shaw' in Staffordshire (apx. 4495). Essentially what he says is that he has found references to a potter J. Shaw, but cannot find any info on them. May I suggest you contact Godden's Encyclopedias asap and tell them all you know - it may become an entry in their book!
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Hope that helps
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