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Marks on E Brain Ware


Elijah Brain (and later his sons) operated the Foley China Works from 1885 to 1967.

Early ware (1885-1903) was marked with the name of the previous owners "Robinson & Son" and from 1963 all ware at the factory was manufactured under the Coalport name - which the company had purchased earlier in 1958. 

The main output was tea-sets and mostly these had a floral pattern. In an article in 1956 the management recorded that they were "proud... that the factory is one of the few where boys are trained in the old art of flower-painting"



typical tea set by E. Brain & Co



Foley Art China - Harjian
Foley Art China - Harjian ware


Foley Art China - Harjian ware

The Harjian line of Elijah Brain & Co. is attributed to Fanny Woolliscroft Rhead, sister of Charlotte Rhead and Frederick Rhead - also famous potters. 

mark on Foley Art China vase
"HARJIAN" was a trade name used for this style of ware

R & S 
the initials stand for Robinson & Son, Longton 

in the period 1885 to 1903 although the works were now
owned by Elijah Brain the ware continued to have
the mark of the former owner 'Robinson & Son'


Foley Porcelain China Cup & Saucer, Pansies  E. Brain & Co. LTD

Foley Porcelain Bone China Cup & Saucer, 

Three vibrant colored pansies decorate this soft green cup & saucer. 
E. Brain & Co. LTD. Fenton, Staffordshire, England. 
Marked was used starting in 1913+. Saucer 5 1/2", cup 2 3/4" tall

Foley China "Montrose"

Bottom is stamped: 
Foley China "Montrose" 
E Brain & Co. Ltd. 
English Bone China 
Made in England.

E Brain & Co. "Art China" Plate


Art China under the brand name "PEACOCK POTTERY" was introduced
c.1905 - it did not prove as popular as the floral china ware


detail on the Ming Rose pattern
detail on the Ming Rose pattern

Ming Rose was a popular E. Brain & Co pattern
it was continued in 1963 under the Coalport name


"Ming Rose" Foley Bone China,

"Ming Rose" Foley Bone China,
E. Brain & Co. 
Made in England. 
Cup, Saucer & side plate,  


"Ming Rose" by Coalport

in 1963 E. Brain & Co renamed their business Coalport
and turned all production over to Colport ware

Century Rose pattern
'Century Rose' pattern - introduced in 1950

In 1950 - the Centenary year of the Foley China Works - E. Brain & Co. "commemorated 
by the adoption of a pattern known as the Century Rose 
an exact reproduction of a very old and beautiful design 
a pattern which was first exported to Canada"


Cornflower pattern
'Cornflower' pattern


'Fairy Silhouette' pattern

'Indian Tea' pattern
'Indian Tea' pattern


'Somerset' pattern


'Springtime' pattern


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