Forester and Hulme


Location and period of operation:

Forester and Hulme





Earthenware manufacturer at the Sutherland Pottery, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Thomas Forester started earthenware manufacture at the works in 1884 and continued until 1887/8.

  • Forester then took Joseph Booth Hulme into partnership c.1887 and they operated as Forester and Hulme. This partnership continued until December 1892 when Thomas Forester left the business.

  • Hulme then entered into partnership with John James Christie - operating as Hulme & Christie


Formerly: Thomas Forester Son & Co

Subsequently: Hulme & Christie


platter in the Pinafore pattern 


covered tureen with stand in the Congo pattern
hand coloured transfer ware 


versions were also produced in monochrome transfer ware 

the registration diamond for the CONGO pattern shows that 
the pattern was first registered on 22 October 1883

It was likely registered in the early days of the previous Thomas Forester Son & Co

London Gazette
13 January 1893

notice of the dissolution of the partnership of Forester & Hulme 


Marks & initials used on ware for identification:



'Pinafore' is the pattern name

The registration number 128888
shows that the pattern was registered in 1889


'Pagoda' is the pattern name

there were slight variations in the bee mark

 the bee mark (a sign of industry) was introduced by
Forester & Hulme and also continued by other potters
at the Sutherland Works, including Hulme & Christie
and Frank Beardmore



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NOTE: The Sutherland Pottery in Fenton  is not to be 
confused with the Sutherland Works (in Longton)
which was occupied by Hudson & Middleton.


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