George & Charles Mason


Location and period of operation:

George & Charles Mason

Lane Delph




Manufacturers of earthenware and ironstone at Lane Delph, Stoke-upon-Trent, England.
  • Brothers George Miles Mason and Charles James Mason were originally in business with their father Miles Mason at the Minerva Works, Lane Delph. 

  • Miles Mason retired in 1813 and the business was continued by his sons George & Charles. 

  • The patent for 'Ironstone China' was taken out in July 1813 by Charles J Mason

  • In 1815 the lease on the Minerva Works expired and the business was transfered to the nearby Fenton Works. 

  • In 1829 George retired from the business which was continued by his brother Charles. 


Previously: Miles Mason

Subsequently: Charles James Mason & Co.



covered chocolate cup  

this piece is unmarked but other cups exist with the same pattern
and are marked FENTON STONE WORKS




blue transferware in a rose pattern 

Patent Ironstone China 

printed and impressed marks




'Hydra' jug in faux Chinese style

Patent Ironstone China 

'Hydra' jug in chinoiserie style pattern




Gold Crysanthemum pattern 

Typical Mason's interpretation of Chinese artistic traditions - the "Gold Chrysanthemum" pattern is richly hand painted over a partially printed outline in bold enamels of cobalt blue, burnt orange and salmon all in varying shades, with gilt detailing.

Mason's Patent Ironstone China 




Sweetmeat dish with moulded leaf sides 

Patent Ironstone China 



Marks & initials used on ware for identification:


some ware is unmarked

G M & C J Mason 

G M & C J M 


Patent Ironstone China 

impressed mark c.1813-20



Mason's Patent Ironstone China 

impressed marks c.1813-20


printed marks with impressed mark below
earlier versions occur without the name 'MASON'S' above the crown




Patent Ironstone China 




Fenton Stone Works 

printed marks c.1825+

sometimes the mark includes a printed or hand painted pattern number 


some marks courtesy: 
Keele University Raven Mason Collection

Janice Paull Antiques & Design


Questions, comments, contributions? email: Steve Birks