Whittingham, Ford & Riley


Location and period of operation:

Whittingham, Ford & Riley





An earthenware manufacturer, operating in Newcastle Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

  • The partners were William Whittingham, Thomas Ford and Thomas Riley. 

  • In September 1882 Whittingham retired from the business which continued as Ford & Riley. 




Previously: Whittingham, Ford & Co.

Subsequently: Ford & Riley


The London Gazette
September 19, 1882

notice that William Whittingham left the business 




Whittingham, Ford & Riley, Burslem
An English Commemorative President James Garfield Pottery Bowl with an acrostic 
on the reverse comparing America's loss to Great Britain's loss of Prince Albert

The bowl with a portrait of President Garfield, named below and with the 
American and British flags behind and an American Eagle above.

Maker: Whittingham, Ford & Riley, Burslem

President Garfield
Was Born November 19th 1831
Elected President of America Nov 2nd 1880
Shot by Guiteau July 2nd 1881
Died September 19th 1881

An Acrostic
Garfield is Dead-His Memory blest
Angels welcomed Him Home to Rest
Radiant His Life-In Suffering Brave
Friendship Now Weeps O'er A Martyr's Grave
Intwined In a Bond of Sympathy Sweet
England's and America's Widows Greet
Like Albert-Was Garfield a Nation's Pride
Devoutly They Lived. Beloved They Died



example of a metal lidded teapot in the style of 
commemorative ware for US President James Garfield 



photos courtesy: Susie Silva



Puzzle jug  with a question around the rim: 

Here is An English Farmstead  but where is the Farmer?

W. F. & R


the farmers face is contained in the mound where the animals are standing 



blue transferware platter in the Eureka pattern 

W. F. & R

the registration diamond shows that the pattern was registered on the 
9th February 1880  

photos courtesy: Carole Winn



Initials used on ware for identification:

W. F & R.

W F & R

the mark is usually the initials W. F. & R. contained in a belt
generally the pattern name is included


W F & R




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