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Staffordshire Knot marks

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Staffordshire Knot marks

The the three loop knot has long been used as a symbol of Staffordshire and many Stoke-on-Trent potters used it as part of their marks.

Godden in his revision of Jewitt's 'Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900' comments:

"Many nineteenth-century printed marks are based on stock designs - variations of the royal arms, a garter-shaped mark or the Staffordshire knot (both the garter and knot with and without a crown). The knot can occur from about 1845. It was much used in the 1870's and 1880's and continues, in some instances, to the present day. These marks might be found with the initials or names of the relevant manufacturers."

on the history of the Stafford knot

 


Staffordshire Knot marks were used by:-

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Potter Initials / Words type of mark
William Adams & Co W ADAMS & Co knot in a circular band - crown above
H. Aynsley & Co H A & Co L initials inside knot
Bodley & Co B & Co initials inside knot
Edward F Bodley & Co SCOTIA POTTERY words inside knot
Bodley & Harrold SCOTIA POTTERY words inside knot
Edward F Bodley & Son NEW BRIDGE POTTERY words inside knot
George Frederick Bowers G F B initials inside knot
E Brain & Co Ltd E B & Co F initials inside knot - FOLEY CHINA 1850
William Brownfield W B initials inside knot - often impressed
Burslem School of Art B S A initials inside knot - often impressed
E & C Challinor E & C CHALLINOR  initials inside knot - often impressed 
Goodwin & Bullock G & B initials inside knot
Thomas Green FENTON T G initials inside knot - crown above
T A & S Green T A & S G initials inside knot - crown above
Hanley China Co C H Co initials inside knot - crown above
Hanley Porcelain Co P H Co initials inside knot
Jackson & Gosling JACKSON & GOSLING initials inside knot - crown above
A B Jones & Sons B A J initials inside knot - inside shield - half sun above
Kensington Pottery Ltd K P H initials inside knot ("KENSINGTON" above)
William Kent KENT name below knot
J H Middleton & Co

H & Co M L

initials inside knot
Arthur J Mountford A M J initials inside an upside down knot

- unknown

OC & Co initials inside knot - crown above
Old Hall Earthenware Co Ltd OLD HALL 1790 name inside a castle above knot (1790 inside)
Old Hall Porcelain Works Ltd OLD HALL 1790 name inside a castle above knot (1790 inside)
Price & Kensington Potteries Ltd P K P initials inside knot
George Phillips PHILLIPS name above knot
Plant Bros (Burslem works) P B   or   P B B initials inside knot - winged crown above
Plant Bros (Longton works) P B L initials inside knot - winged crown above
R H Plant & Co R H P & Co initials inside knot '& Co' below - winged crown above
R H & SL Plant (Ltd) R H & S L P initials inside knot 'P' below - winged crown above
Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway R S R initials inside knot
Robinson & Son R & S L initials inside knot 'L' below
Smith & Binnall S & B T initials inside knot 'T' below
Thomas Twyford T T H initials inside knot 'H' below
Wellington Pottery Co W P Co initials inside knot 'Co' below
Wilkinson & Wardle W W initials above knot 'DENABY' below
John Wardle & Co John Wardle & Co name above knot
H J Wood (Ltd) H J W B initials inside knot 'B' below
Wood & Son(s) WOOD & SON (S) name below knot - crown above
W Wood & Co W & W Co initials inside knot 'Co' below. later marks with - crown above

 

 


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 updated: 9 Feb 2003