The Brownhills Pottery Company






 

Location and period of operation:

The Brownhills Pottery  Co

Tunstall

1872

1896

 

Earthenware manufacturer at Brownhills, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • The works were previously owned by George Frederick Bowers and after his death continued by his son Frederick until 1871 when the business failed.

  • On his failure in 1871 the manufactory was purchased by Mr. James Eardley, of Alsager.

  • The business was carried on by James Eardley's son and sons-in-law, Messrs. Alfred J. Eardley, Edwin Meir, William H. Bratt, Robert H. Parker, and George Hammersley, under the style of "The Brownhills Pottery Co." 

  • The Brownhills Pottery Company was selected to exhibit at the Paris Exhibition of 1878.  They exhibited "Dinner, dessert, &c., ware, floor and roof tiles, &c."

 

Formerly: George Frederick Bowers (& Co)

Subsequently: Salt Bros

 

 

 

Brownhills Works "These works (formerly Marsh and Haywoods) were for many years carried on by Mr. George F. Bowers, who attained a fair reputation for china goods, and gained a medal at the Exhibition of 1851. Subsequently he commenced the manufacture of earthenware, which he continued until his death, when he was succeeded by his son, Mr. Frederick F. Bowers. 

On his failure in 1871 the manufactory was purchased by Mr. James Eardley, of Alsager and it is now (1878) carried on by his son and sons-in-law, Messrs. Alfred J. Eardley, Edwin Meir, William H. Bratt, Robert H. Parker, and George Hammersley, under the style of "The Brownhills Pottery Co." 

Considerable alterations and extensions have been made in the buildings. The goods produced by the Company are of the usual useful classes of table, tea, toilet, and other requisites, in fine earthenware, stoneware, buff, turquoise, and cream-coloured ware ; and in decorations of the fine earthenware services improvements have been effected by which the printing of enamel upon the glaze, and lining on the bisque, are effected. The last is produced at considerable less cost than enamel lines, and while making a tolerably near approach 
in point of colour, is more durable, because protected by the glaze. 

The body and glaze are of good quality, and the decorations, whether printed or painted, are of good average character. In dinner services some of their more recent patterns, are the "Premier," "Pagoda" and "Dragon" which are produced both printed and enamelled; their most successful shapes are the "Bulrush", "Laurel", and "Boston". 

In toilet ware their "Greek" shape, is remarkably good, and is made in various degrees of decoration. In stone ware, some excellent designs in teapots, jugs, &c., are produced, as are also jugs and other useful articles in cream ware ; the adaptations of Japanese ornamentation in the former are highly successful. 

In jet ware, which is of good quality, tea-pots, jugs, and other articles are made, and some of those are highly decorated in enamel and gold; the firm also have a process of printing in yellow upon the glaze of their jet goods, which produces a cheap and somewhat effective class of decoration. 

Another speciality is a rich full deep-red terra cotta, highly glazed, and elaborately decorated in a variety of effective patterns in enamel and gold; in this, toilet services of good design and novel appearance are largely made. 

In ornamental goods the Company produce vases of various forms (notably among which are the "Hindoo," "Milan," " Pekin," and other designs) ; scent jars, flower tubes, and stands, and other articles. The productions are of a good useful quality, decorated in a more than ordinarily artistic style ; many of the designs (notably the " Briony" pattern toilet services, "Lome " teapots, &c.) are good, and the colours faultless. 

The marks used, besides the name of the pattern, "Minerva," " Link" "Laurel," &c., bear the initials B. P. Co., with ribbon, &c., printed on the ware. 

Llewellynn Jewitt - Ceramic Art of Great Britain; 1878

 


 


The Brownhills Pottery Company was selected to exhibit at the Paris Exhibition of 1878 

 


 


The Brownhills Pottery Company
Tunstall, Staffordshire

 The Pottery Gazette, American and Canadian Edition, January 1st 1880

 


 


The Brownhills Pottery Company
Tunstall, Staffordshire
Useful Earthenware, Stoneware, Jetware, Buff
Good Quality, Good Designs, Moderate Prices

Pottery Gazette,  January 1885


Water Jug in the bamboo style pattern

 

 


 


lidded jug in a blue Jasperware style 

B P Co 
ENGLAND

 

 

 


 


Tureen in the HIZEN pattern - originally there would have been a lid


B. P. Co 
HIZEN is the pattern name

the registration diamond gives the date of 
registration of the design as
25th July 1882

 

 


 


platter in the Asiatic Pheasants pattern


B. P. Co 

 

photos courtesy: Joel Swift 

 


Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

 

 

 


B P Co 
Tunstall
England

'TUNSTALL' is the name of the town where the Brownhills
factory was based
 

'ENGLAND' generally appears from 1891 onwards

the registration date is 29 Sept 1882 



B P Co 
the name of the pattern often
included at the top of the circle


  
B P Co 
Asiatic Pheasants was a popular
pattern - made by many manufacturers  


 


B P Co

 


B P Co

DEVON is the pattern name 


BROWNHILLS POTTERY

this mark was continued 
by
Salt Bros 

 


 


The Brownhills Pottery

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