James Beech






 

Location and period of operation:

James Beech

Tunstall & Burslem

1877

1889

 

Earthenware manufacturer at the Swan Bank Works, Tunstall and Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

NOTE: Not to be confused with an unrelated company - James Beech & Son of Longton.

  • James Beech was born in 1822 in Tunstall, the son of Joseph Beech, a warehouseman, and Mary Cumberlidge. 

  • James Beech was a partner in Beech, Hancock & Co., which operated Swan Bank Pottery in Burslem from 1851 to 1855. 

  • The partnership, renamed Beech & Hancock, reopened in about 1857 in Tunstall and operated there until 1876, the last six years at another works named the Swan Bank Pottery. 

  • James Beech became the sole proprietor of the business in 1877 and operated the Swan Bank Works under his own name from 1877 untill he died in early 1887. The business continued until 1889 when it was taken over by Boulton, Machin & Tennant.  

Formerly: Beech & Hancock

Subsequently: Boulton, Machin & Tennant

 



James Beech
late Beech & Hancock
Swan Bank, Tunstall
Staffordshire

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


 

 


Transferware plate in the Saigon pattern

 


 


Transferware plate in the Perak pattern

 


 

Marks and initials used on ware for identification:

 

J B

JAMES BEECH

always appear with the 
trade mark of a swan


 


J. B.

 PERAK is the pattern name


 


J. B.

 SAIGON is the pattern name


 


Jame Beech
Tunstall
England

 ASIATIC is the pattern name

 


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