Elijah Mayer


Location and period of operation:

Elijah Mayer





Manufacturer of Wedgwood style ware, creameware and Basaltes at the Cobden Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

These works formed a part of those founded in the latter part of the eighteenth century by Elijah Mayer, who in about 1805 took his son into partnership under the style of Elijah Mayer & Son (1805-34).

"Elijah Mayer was a potter of considerable eminence, and he produced an extensive variety of goods. His Egyptian black or basalt ware was, in quality of body, nearly equal to that of Wedgwood, and the ornamentation was sharp and well defined; in this, he produced teapots, cream-ewers, bowls, and other articles. 

In cream-coloured ware, services and all the usual useful articles were made, and were of unusually good style and quality. For these and his 'brown line' patterns he was noted. His cane-coloured or drab unglazed goods were another of his famous productions. Elijah Mayer produced a service commemorative of Nelson's Trafalgar and Nile victories which became very popular."

Jewitt's Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900


Subsequently: Elijah Mayer & Son



black basalt oval teapot 

E. Mayer 

impressed mark




Elijah Mayer creamware reticulated basket with cover



platter & plate

with hand painted number 244 

E. Mayer 

impressed mark

photo courtesy: Swantje Möeller 



Marks used on ware for identification:



E. Mayer 

Elijah Mayer. Impressed mark from
a sprigged caneware bowl.

picture courtesy: R. K. Henrywood - Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900



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