The factory was
established back in 1890 and they produced a diversity of the
wares at the Carlton Works. In terms of variety of patterns and
shapes CarIton Ware was one of the most prolific companies in the
One family owned
CarIton Ware for more than 75 years and was responsible for its
success by being involved in the day to day running of the company.
Earlier generations had owned, run or worked in various potteries
and were related to the owners of other china works. It came as no
great surprise when yet another Wiltshaw decided to try his hand at
establishing a pottery.
Frederick Wiltshaw had worked in a managerial role for his father,
Thomas, who was the managing director of James Macintyre &Co
Ltd at the Washington Works, Burslem, until his death in 1887.
Three years later, in 1890, James founded Wiltshaw and Robinson in
partnership with two brothers, James Alcock and William Herbert
Robinson. They took over the relatively modern Copeland Street
Works in Stoke-on-Trent that had previously been occupied by a
series of (unsuccessful) partnerships whose production had
included parian statuary, china and earthenware.
and Robinson, however, made fashionable earthenware which
included a range of blush ground items imitating Royal Worcester,
blue transfer printed wares, plain white, tinted faience, a range of
Imari-style wares in the traditional blue, red and gilt and even
sprigged ware in a variety of colours, reminiscent of Wedgwood. At
this time shapes covered a wide variety of useful wares such as
biscuit barrels, tea and coffee sets, cheese dishes and egg cup
sets, but there is little evidence of complete dinner services being
produced. Of course some ornamental pieces were available, possibly
the largest of these were vases as tall as 36in. These wares,
although collected, are not fully appreciated as yet and prices
range from £50 for a floral patterned blush ware sugar pot to
£1,200-£1,500 for a pair of 2ft. Imari vases.