Factory Information


The Derby porcelain factory started in the 1750’s. It was of exceptional quality.

C19th Derby produced many dinner/tea/dessertwares. Derby became well known for producing bright imari coloured patterns.


The Factory was in production between 1781-1835 it mainly produced tea/dessertwares, jugs and bowls. Early Newhall was hard paste and many sprig patterns similar to Chinese porcelain.


Worcester was produced from 1751. In 1783 the Flight & Barr partnership was established and produced high quality wares.

Chamberlain Worcester

1788-1852 The Factory produced very fine hand painted porcelain with elaborate designs.


They were in production from 1784 to 1833. Early Spode produces large services, vases some in imari colours. They produced fine porcelain, good quality pottery dessert services, pottery with blue and white transfer prints, creamware and stone china.

Copeland & Garrett

C & G continued at the Spode Works from 1833 to1847 when it became Copeland. They produced porcelain, pottery, parian and stone china. 


At Longport Staffordshire from 1794-1887. From 1794 they produced pottery and fine porcelain from 1806. They are well known for interesting shaped had decorated pottery. They also produced stone china.


Started producing in 1759 mainly creamware, black basalt and jasperware and later added porcelain, and for a short period of bone china which is rare for this period and later parian, majolica and stone china.


Mason’s patent ironstone china was patented in 1813. Ironstone china is was produced by many factories but Masons factory produced large dinner services/dessert/teawares. They also produced a huge array of large elaborate ornamental Vases. The decoration of many patterns was of a high quality. The factory passed thru many partnerships including Ashworths in 1862.


John Rose started at the Caughley factory and then set up his own factory opposite on the other bank of the Canal at Coalport in Shropshire in 1795 and in 1799 purchased the Caughley factory.

Thomas Rose (brother) started a factory also at Coalport in 1800 and in 1803 became Antice Horton Rose Coalport. The 2 factories on opposite sides of the Canal produced similar wares and in 1814 John Rose bought out his brother. Coalport produced some of the finest quality highly decorated porcelain un until the 1850’s.


Job Ridgway made earthenwares from 1802. In 1808 he was joined by his sons John and William and produced fine porcelain and ironstone. The brothers separated in 1830 William concentrating on earthenwares and John on highly decorated porcelains.


Started in 1793 in Stoke producing Porcelain, earthenwares, Parian and Majolica. Minton also went thru many partnerships and some of their marks show this. From 1842 small year ciphers are impressed into the body so can be very precisely dated.


Parian ware is a type of bisque porcelain looking like white marble. It was produces by many factories in the mid C19th including Copeland, Minton, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester, Robinson & Leadbetter and many smaller factories.

Gaudy Welsh

Gaudy Welsh was manufactured by many factories and describes bright coloured porcelain and pottery made for the lower end of the market with lustre replacing gold decoration. It was produced from approximately 1820-1860. There are thought to have been 300 different pattern produced and much was exported to the United States.

Smaller Factories

  • Hilditch 1822-1830 Porcelain and earthenwares
  • Scott Brothers 1800-1897 of Southwick Pottery, Sunderland Earthenwares
  • Sewells 1804-1878 Newcastle upon Tyne Earthenwares, creamwares and lustre decorated
  • Machin 1801-1831 Earthenwares and Porcelain
  • Samuel Alcock 1828-1853 Earthenwares and Porcelain & Stoneware
  • Dudson 1838-1888 Earthenwares, stoneware, Jasper wares in Wedgwood style & Figures
  • Grainger Worcester 1839-1902 Porcelains, Parian and Semi-porcelain
  • Hicks & Meigh 1806-1822 Earthenwares and Ironstone
  • William Brownfield 1850-1891 Parian, stoneware, pottery and Porcelain