Rowland & Marsellus Co


Rowland & Marsellus were importers, wholesalers and retailers, especially of 'souvenir' wares operating out of New York, flourished c.1893 -1938.  

The dealt with numerous Stoke-on-Trent pottery manufacturers and then sold the wares (with their R&M backstamp) to other distributors in the US.



Serving bowl (c)1860

Serving bowl (c)1860 
It has a greyish greenish blue design on a white background. 
The design in the center of the bowl is an English Castle scene 
with various flowers and leaves around the border.

The size is 8 1/4 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high.


The mark on the bottom is a diamond with "R & M Co" 
 . this item is believed to have been produced by British Anchor Pottery Co. for Rowland & Marsellus

This mark is on a blue transferware historical plate.
This mark is on a blue transferware historical plate.  
It is a view of the Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, . 

The marks tell an interesting story:

a) "Waltham Watch Factory" - the 'commissioner' of the plate in Massachusetts
b) "Staffordshire England" - the plate produced in North Staffordshire, England.
c) "R & M Co" -
Rowland & Marsellus, the New York importer. 
d) The bottom monogram is probably for the retailer in Boston. 


The above information may not be available
for all potters - if you have information to
help complete the records then I would be
happy to include it.

email: Steve Birks