Cork & Edge


Location and period of operation:

Cork & Edge





Earthenware and ironstone manufacturers in Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • c.1846 Joseph Edge, jun., entered business as earthenware manufacturers with Benjamin Cork, under the style of Cork and Edge. Their factory standing on the site of the present Art School in Burslem. 

  • In 1860 James Malkin joined the business which then operated as Cork, Edge & Malkin




Subsequently:-  Cork, Edge & Malkin  

Selected by the Committee for the Staffordshire Potteries 
to exhibit at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855 



relief moulded jug in the botanic pattern
with a pale blue glaze

Cork and Edge 




'Chang' was a popular pattern produced in a range of style

this pattern was continued by successor companies 



transfer ware soup dishes in the Verona pattern - Cork & Edge 



Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

C & E


Pearl Ware Ironstone


Cork and Edge 

moulded mark often used on relief moulded jugs


Cork and Edge 

belt style mark incorporating the lion and unicorn from the Royal Arms 



Royal Cottage
Cork & Edge 

Patent Mosaic
Cork & Edge 

mark incorporating the Royal Arms 

E Pluribus Unum
Pearl White Ironstone
Cork & Edge 

mark used ware for the American market - it incorporates the motto of the United States:
 E Pluribus Unum and the eagle, olive branch and arrows of the Great Seal


Queen Street Works 


1879 map showing the Queen Street Pottery, Burslem

Queen Street was named after the pottery ware Josiah Wedgwood made for Queen Charlotte in 1765.
Opposite the Queen Street Works is the Wedgwood Institute which was built on
the site of Wedgwood's Brick House Works



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