John Tams (& Son) (Ltd)
Location and period of operation:
John Tams & Son Ltd
Earthenware manufacturer at Crown Pottery, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
In 1903 John Jams took his son Edmund into partnership and traded as John Tams & Son.
The business was incorporated in 1912 - trading as John Tams & Son Ltd.
John Tams retired in 1917 and the business continued to be run by Edmund Tams and his two sons Philip & Peter.
From the mid 1960's the business was run by John Tams' great-grandsons Gerald and Peter Tams.
Gerald Tams led a buyout of the business in 1984 and the company became John Jams Group PLC in 1988.
Continued as Tams Group Ltd in April 2000
[ See newspaper article on the receivership of John Tams in Feb 2000 ]
See biography on John Tams
See 1886 advert for John Tams
Initials and marks used on ware for identification:
the name of the pattern is often included.
J T & S
from 1903 to 1912 the firms title was JOHN TAMS & SON
from 1912 firm retitled to JOHN TAMS LTD
various marks both
impressed and printed incorporate
the words TAMS ENGLAND
early mark of John Tams
(before '& Sons')
this mark can be
found with "J T" in
fancy script monogram as example below
this mark can be
found (c.1903-12) with
'JTS' in the centre (for John Tams & Son)
mark of John Tams Ltd
bowl bearing mark of John Tams Ltd 1912+
BRITISH & BEST
"MIKADO" is the pattern name
NANKIN WARE - c.1913+
TAMS WARE - c.1930+
ELEPHANT BRAND, VITRIFIED HOTELWARE - c.1952+
Top-o-the-world PRODUCTS - c.1955+
TAMS REGENT - c.1958+
CHININE - c.1960+
many everyday ware are impressed
or printed with the
words "TAMS ENGLAND"
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