Thomas Dean (& Sons) (Ltd)


Location and period of operation:

Thomas Dean





Earthenware manufacturer at the Black Works, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • Established at the Black Works, High Street Tunstall by Thomas Dean and his two sons G. A. Dean and J. E. Dean.

  • NOTE: Geoffrey Godden (Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks) gives a date of 1789 for the establishment of this business. However the letterhead and price list shown below clearly give a date of 1880. This could be a typo or it could be that an relative of the Dean family was in operation from the earlier date.

  • In 1934 the business was incorporated as a Limited company.

  • From 1947 to 1952 the business operated under the Ridgway & Adderley holding company, the name Thomas Dean & Sons Ltd. was retained. The works were renamed the Teapot Works. 




Dean, Thomas,
earthenware manufacturer

from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'



Thomas Dean & Sons, Black Works, Tunstall, Staffs
Established 1880 


price list for Russet Ware - Thomas Dean & Sons





T. Dean

probably c.1891-1920

photos courtesy:  Gillian Hartland



hand painted cottage teapot 

T. Dean & Sons
Made in England 



Typical T. Dean & Sons teapots



French bulldog figure of the character 'Byngo'


either of these marks 
appear on animal figures



Marks used on ware for identification:


Thomas Dean
Black Works Tunstall
Quality not Excelled 

1896 -1952

T. Dean & Sons
Made in England 

c.1920 -1952

Art Ware 

1937 - 1952



1899 map showing the location of the Black Works, Tunstall

Thomas Dean & Sons, Black Works
The Dean business operated here as an earthenware manufacturer from 1880-1952

c.1958 the works were used by Summerbank Pottery


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