Stephen Folch (& Sons)


Location and period of operation:

Stephen Folch




 Manufacturer of earthenware, ironstone at the Stoke Works, Church Street, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Stephen Folch was in partnership with Charles Scott until, in 1821, Scott was declared bankrupt. The business traded as Folch & Sons. There are no known marks which include Scott although a 1822 direcotory records 'Folch & Scott' Pigot & Co's 1822/3 Directory of Staffordshire

  • Charles Scott, late of firm Folch & Scott was recorded as 'drowned, young'. The Staffordshire Advertiser, 14 September 1822s.

  • By 1829 the business had stopped trading and the works were advertised to let - 'Stoke, 4-oven earthenware manufactory later held by Stephen Folch to let, & utensils & house, apply Duffort, surgeon, Stoke'. The Staffordshire Advertiser, 23 May 1829.


The London Gazette
17 November 1821

notice of the bankruptcy of Charles Scott
former partner of Stephen Folch

Folch blue & white transfer ware plate



Folch tureen, cover and stand



Folch polychrome dinner plates



Folch ironstone plate in the imari style


Marks used on ware for identification:


Improved Ironstone China 

The arms are the Royal Coat of Arms and can be dated as pre-1837

For the house of Hanover, there was an escutcheon overall (centre shield). In 1837, the Hanoverian escutcheon and crown were removed because Queen Victoria, as a woman, was unable to succeed to the throne of Hanover under Hanoverian law. The arms have remained unchanged since then.

- more on the Coat of Arms -



Stoke Works


Folch & Sons
New Cambrian China 


Genuine Stone China


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