Vine Works, Stoke, Stoke-upon-Trent
The Vine Pottery Works, Summer Street, Stoke
The works were located alongside the Newcastle-under-Lyme to Stoke canal
The Birks family has been involved in the ceramic industry in the Potteries since 1812 when ten year old Isaac Birks modeled a black basalt creamer. Isaac worked for Minton where ten members of the Birks family covering at least three generations were employed at some time, usually as modelers.
Lawrence Arthur Birks (b.1857 - d.1935) worked 22 years for Minton, and was apprenticed to the great pāte-sur-pāte artist Louis Marc Emmanuel Solon.
left Minton in 1894 establishing L. A. Birks & Co. in 1895 which in 1900
became Birks Rawlins & Co.
|1895||1900||L.A. Birks & Co||The Vine Pottery
was founded by Lawrence Arthur Birks and Charles Frederick Goodfellow
Adolphus J. Rawlins was as a partner (the '& Co.')
Goodfellow retired in 1898.
|1900||1933||Birks, Rawlins & Co. (Ltd)||After
Goodfellow's retirement the company became Birks, Rawlins & Co.
In 1928 Wiltshaw and Robinson purchased Birks, Rawlins and Co, when the latter found themselves in financial difficulty following the National Strike and Wall Street Crash.
Shortly after the takeover a new trademark "The Original Birks China" was registered for Birks, Rawlins and Co, with the intent of trading on the old and respected name of Birks, Rawlins. Unfortunately this had little success and the number of patterns or shape produced is not known, with the quality not up to that of previous production.
source: Graces Guide
The London Gazette, 26th April 1898
notice that Charles Frederick Goodfellow retired
from the business of L.A.Birks & Co.
the business was continued by the remaining two partners
Lawrence Arthur Birks and Adolphus J. Rawlins
The London Gazette, 13th November 1934
notice of the dissolution of Birks, Rawlins & Co. Ltd.
[confirmation of the dissolution was published in
the London Gazette, 15 February 1935]
Birks, Rawlins and Co.
china and Savoy heraldic
from: 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'
1898 map showing the location of the Vine Pottery Works
Vine Pottery (China) on Summer Street, alongside the Newcastle under Lyme to Stoke canal
showing the location of the Vine Pottery Works in the local area
the Vine Pottery shown in blue
top right (light blue) is the Victoria Ground of Stoke City Football Club
to the left of the works is 'The Villas' (shown in red)
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