Ceramic marks C & Co. Ltd London on pair of Posy Dogs

by tracy
(dorset, UK)

Hi Forum members - I have recently acquired a set of two small vases and would be interested to know more about them if anyone can help me. They were lurking in a box of bric-a-brac that I bought in order to purchase a small Sylvac matchstriker rabbit which was among the contents.

They are in the form of two bulldogs and they are carrying irregularly shaped hexagonal posy vases on their backs. They may of course not be posy vases at all but that is my best guess at what they are for.

Anyway they are black and feel pretty light as though they may be made actually be made of cellulose or similar - a bit like some of the old Sylvac models.

The eye sockets are rather "empty looking" if you understand me - it looks as though they may have had glass eyes at some point.
The makers mark is on the base. It says C & Co.Ltd London.

I have tried to find this maker on the internet but am unable to track it down.

I believe the dogs to be pretty old - maybe 1930's or so.

I would be really grateful for any help the forum can give me on identifying the little "beauties".


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Peter (admin) says:-

This mark C & Co LONDON Ltd, is a very obscure one , with very little on the internet and not mentioned in Goddens at all.

I saw one listing on ebay showing this name and the seller was calling it C & Co as in Coloclough & Co, the original Colclough incarnation (they changes their name to H J Colclough in 1937). This is wrong, I feel because Colclough were always a Staffordshire outfit (he was Lord Mayor of Stoke) and never anything to do with London, as far as I know.

Anyone know, please post...

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by: Paula

I have also tried to find information on this as i have 1 of these black Bulldogs, it is exactly as you have described. Unfortunately i haven't found anything about them.
If you do find any information about them i would be very grateful if you would let me know.
My email address is, paulawinnell AT
yahoo DOT co DOT uk, if i find anything i will let you know.
Thank you

i too have 2
by: Anonymous

hi i also have come by these two but as yet have found nothing i will let you know when i do

by: Anonymous

I have a turtle by the same manufacturer, also finding it difficult to find out anything about it. Going to stick it on E-Bay tonight and see what happens.

by: Anonymous

I have a green ceramic dish/pot marked no 2 c & co ltd. London and would love too know if you find anything out about the maker. Hazel

by: Anonymous


C & Co. Ltd could be Clokie & Co
by: Peter (admin)

Thanks for this answer!!! Not sure why it says 'London' though - as Clokie was based in Castleford, Yorkshire

According to Goddens, they used various marks using both their name and initials like the one shown above.

The "Ltd" was added after 1940.

A brief history of Clokie & Co is as follows:

Based in Castleford, Yorkshire, a company called Clokie and Masterman is said by some sources - www.castleford.org - clokie & co pottery - to have begun in the early part of the 19th century.

Goddens shows a founding date of 1872 for this firm. However, Goddens does show there was an earlier associated company called Thomas Nicholson & Co, which may explain the earlier date reference.

In 1888 Goddens says this firm became Clokie and Co (LTD) and were based on the site of a previous Castleford potterry called the Dunderdale Pottery.

This works site was also referenced as the Castleford Pottery, the Britannia Flint Mills and the Albion Pottery. Clokie and Co apparently specialised in blue-band ware similar to Cornish pottery as well as whiteware. The firm closed in 1961, the last Castleford pottery to do so.

Castleford is on record as being a centre for pottery in the middle of the 18th century, although the tradition is said to have begun even before then. Local brown clay was first used, followed by black basalt and Queen's ware.

The Dundersale works was founded by a David Dunderdale who became well known in the 18th century for making and exporting Dunderdale teapots featuring sliding lids, their cargo aboard ship on occasion having to steer clear pirates.

Thanks again

Peter (admin)

C. &Co Ltd London large hand painted bowl
by: Anonymous

I also have a large bowl/ pot with this marking, have looked on loads of sites but can’t find it, would be very interested in any information

c&co ltd mark NEW
by: tony

hi I have just purchased 3 vases brown with a band in the middle 2 same size 21cm plus I smaller all same design for very little. the stamp is oval with ltd in the centre.no knowledge on them other than here. any mor info and how certain is it.

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