Anthony Shaw






 

Location and period of operation:

Anthony Shaw

Burslem

1851

1900 

 

Earthenware manufacturer at Tunstall (1851-6) and then Burslem (1857-1900), Stoke-on-Trent, England. 
  • Shaw started manufacturing earthenware in 1851 at Cross Street (now Oldcourt Street), Tunstall. He was only here for one year.

  • In 1852 he moved to works at Newfield, Tunstall. 

  • By 1855 Shaw was exporting ware to the United States (granite-ware & cream ware) and to South America (luster and painted ware) - in 1855 Shaw was awarded a medal at the Paris Exhibition.

  • 1856 - Shaw registered what was to become his famous "Tea Leaf" design, Anthony Shaw is considered to have produced the original Tea Leaf motif on his Sydenham, Niagara Fan and Chinese Shape body styles.

  • Around 1857 Shaw rented the Newport Works - a manufactory with 6 ovens in Newport Lane, Burslem - together with the adjacent Newport House.

  • In the 1861 census he is recorded as living in "Newport Hall" Burslem with his wife Jane, their four children and four servants.  His occupation is listed as "Earthenware Manufacturer employing 290 hands".

  • Around 1860 Anthony Shaw built a new works alongside the Newport Works. He called this the Mersey Pottery - after Liverpool's River Mersey. Liverpool was the port where pottery was taken for export to the Americas. Both the Newport and Mersey Potteries were built on the bank of the Trent and Mersey Canal. 

  • In 1882 one of the sons joined the business and marks included "& Co"

  • In 1898 the style became "& Co"

  • Anthony Shaw died in 1900 and he business was taken over by A. J. Wilkinson Ltd who already operated at the adjacent newport Pottery.

see a  short biography on Anthony Shaw

 

 


William White 
1851
Directory of Staffordshire


1851 entry showing Anthony Shaw as earthenware 
manufacturer at Cross Street, Tunstall
 


 


sauce boat in the Tea Leaf pattern 

Beginning in the 1840's, English potters began to ship white ironstone ceramic ware to the U.S., decorated with copper lustre bands and/or simple motifs, made exclusively for the American market. 

Anthony Shaw is considered to have produced the original tea leaf motif, registered in 1856. The tea leaf motif was made by dozens of English and American potters until the beginning of the 20th century.

more information on this pattern at www.tealeafclub.com 

 


 


White Ironstone tureen 

 


 


Plate in the traditional Willow Pattern 

 


 


Plate in the Corea pattern 

typical Aesthetic Movement brown transferware

 




Oval platter in the Hong Pattern 

 


 

Marks used on ware for identification:

 

ANTHONY SHAW
TUNSTALL

marks with the town name TUNSTALL
are dated 1851 to 1857  


 

ANTHONY SHAW

A. SHAW

marks with no town name are probably dated 1851 to 1860
but certainly prior to 1882 (when '& SON' was added)  


A. SHAW
BURSLEM

SHAWS

SHAW
BURSLEM

marks with the town name BURSLEM (occasionally with ENGLAND) 
and without "& SON" are dated 1857 to 1882


& SON

marks with "& Son" - from c.1882 to c.1898


& CO

marks with "& Co" - from c.1898 to c.1900

 


 


Imprial
Ironstone China
Anthony Shaw
Tunstall

marks with the town name TUNSTALL
are dated 1851 to 1857 
 


 


A Shaw

POMONA is the pattern name


Warranted
Staffordshire
A Shaw

mark used on ware with the Willow pattern
 


Anthony Shaw

HONG is the pattern name


A Shaw

COREA is the pattern name

marks with no town name are probably dated 1851 to 1860
but certainly prior to 1882 (when '& SON' was added) 
 


 



Porcelain
Anthony Shaw 
Opaque 

Anthony Shaw 
Opaque Porcelain

 

impressed marks with no town name and no accompanying 
printed mark are probably dated 1851 to 1860


 


Stone China
Warranted
Anthony Shaw
Burslem

A Shaw
Warranted


Stone China
Anthony Shaw
Burslem

 

 


Stone China
Warranted
Anthony Shaw
Burslem

 

 


Stone China
Warranted
Anthony Shaw
England

marks with the town name BURSLEM (occasionally with ENGLAND) 
and without "& SON" are dated 1857 to 1882

many marks from this period made use
of the Royal Arms


 


Warranted
Anthony Shaw & Son
England

Opaque Stone China
Anthony Shaw & Son
England

marks with "& SON" are dated 1882 to 1898 

 


 


Anthony Shaw & Co
England
Warranted

Anthony Shaw & Co
Burslem
England

marks with "& CO" are dated 1898 to 1900 



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