Carlton Ware Ltd


Location and period of operation:

Carlton Ware Ltd




  Earthenware and China manufacturer at the Carlton Works, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent.

Previously the company was named "Wiltshaw & Robinson" - in January 1958 the company was renamed "Carton Ware Ltd"

See article on Carlton Ware
See article on Enoch Boulton - Design Manager of Wiltshaw & Robinson


Initials used on ware for identification:



Since the close of the Stoke factory in 1989 a large number of counterfeits have appeared carrying a bogus backstamp that is indistinguishable from the genuine one. The original date of manufacture of virtually all the fakes is post 1950, the only exception with an early Crown Mark is the Hangman's Tankard with the Devil handle. This tankard was never made with any other mark than the Script Mark. The Guinness advertising range including toucans and the small animal figures are the prime target and at one time were seen more often than the originals. Other counterfeits include a small golfing figure, a Babycham chamois and a small puritan mug. Invariably the quality of decoration is the giveaway but of course, ideally, you would have had to handle the genuine item to be able to draw comparisons. There has been the odd occurrence of various shapes appearing with a CarIton Ware backstamp which were never produced by CarIton Ware such as two female figures and a mug in the shape of a liquorice allsort.


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3 Sept 2005