E & C Challinor


Location and period of operation:

Edward & Charles Challinor





Earthenware and Ironstone manufacturers at Fenton Potteries, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

  • The partners were Edward & Charles Challinor.  Charles had many other business interests and also owned a nearby 'Stilt & Spur Works' and the Glebe Colliery. 

  • There was also the partnership of Challinor and Mayer at the same factory.

  • From 1892 Charles continued the business as C. Challinor & Co.


Concurrently: in 1887 as Challinor & Mayer  

Previously:  E. Challinor & Co (1843-62)

Subsequently:  C. Challinor & Co (1892-6)



Fenton Pottery. 

"This was established in 1825, by Messrs. C. J. & G. M. Mason,.... Messrs. Mason were succeeded by Mr. Samuel Boyle, from whom the works passed into the hands of Messrs. E. & C. Challinor, formerly E. Challinor & Co. of Sandyford and Tunstall, who still carry them on. 

The goods produced are white granite, printed, sponged, and common earthenware, for the American, Australian, and other foreign and colonial markets. In these, tea, coffee, breakfast, dinner, toilet, and other services, and all the usual useful articles, are largely produced. 

The white granite, or ironstone china, is of good, hard, sound, and durable quality ; some of their most successful embossed patterns being the Ceres or Wheat, the Garland, and the Vine-leaf patterns. In jugs, Messrs. Challinor produce the Ceres or Wheat, Paris, Garland, Barberry, Lily, Missouri, Florence, Versailles, Lotus or Cora, and other shapes, both plain and embossed. 

The earthenware is of the ordinary common quality, specially designed and well adapted for the various markets to which it is sent.

The marks are the Staffordshire knot impressed in the ware, with or without the words: E & C CHALLINOR, FENTON; E & C CHALLINOR; IRONSTONE CHINA E & C CHALLINOR, within an ornamental border, surmounted by the royal arms, &c., also impressed in the ware; and the following printed on the surface : the royal arms with crown, supporters, motto, &c., and, beneath, a ribbon with IRONSTONE CHINA, E & C CHALLINOR FENTON ; the name of the pattern, as " Australia," " Gothic," "Portland," &c. within various borders, &c., and the name E & C CHALLINOR, or E & C C."

Llewellynn Jewitt, The Ceramic Art of Great Britain. 1878



E & C Challinor
Fenton Potteries, Stoke-upon-Trent
Ironstone, White Granite, Printed & Common Earthenware
Suitable for the Home, Foreign, and Colonial Markets

The Pottery Gazette,  1st July 1880


platter in the aesthetic Gordon pattern
produced in polychrome and blue & white

E & C Challinor

The Gordon pattern was also produced by Challinor & Mayer 




platter in the aesthetic Wolseley pattern

E & C Challinor

Wolseley is the pattern name

E & C Challinor

1885 is the year of manufacture

both the printed and impressed mark appear on this platter



White ironstone bowls 

Stone China
E & C Challinor

mark incorporating the Royal Arms

this mark c.1891

marks pre 1891 usually have "FENTON" 
instead of "ENGLAND"



tureen in the LORNE pattern 

The registration diamond shows that the pattern was registered on the 23rd November 1878. 


The record shows that the registration was by E & C Challinor. 
This pattern was produced by both E & C Challinor and the partnership of Challinor & Mayer.




Ironstone milk & sugar set in the Willow pattern 

 modern production with a'fake' mark

E & C Challinor
Ironstone China

this mark is found on Willow ware which is probably modern production

The mark is poorly draw for example the lion is comically drawn, the unicorn front legs are poorly drawn and the word 'DROIT' has been strangly spaced to make the letters show between the legs 




Marks and initials used on ware for identification:

E & C C



Warranted Staffordshire
E & C Challinor 

E & C Challinor 

Portland is the pattern name



Stone China
E & C Challinor
Stone China
E & C Challinor

various styles incorporating the Royal Arms

earlier marks usually have the place name "FENTON" instead of "ENGLAND"



Asiatic Pheasants - E & C Challinor

fragment found (2022) at Colac, Australia

photos courtesy: Jason Schram 



Fake marks


Fake marks found on modern production Willow ware and ironstone jugs

The mark is poorly draw for example the lion is comically drawn, the unicorn front legs are poorly drawn and the word 'DROIT' has been strangly spaced to make the letters show between the legs


sometimes fake marks are very large and out of 
proportion with the size of the base. 

original marks are not this large - they rarely exceeded
 1-1.5inches (25-40mm) in size 



to the right is the Fenton Pottery

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