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
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.
It is a view of the Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, .
The marks tell an interesting story:
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