Job Meigh (& Son)


Location and period of operation:

Job Meigh & Son 





Earthenware manufacturer at the Old Hall Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Job Meigh built the Old Hall Works in 1790 and entered into partnership with Peter Walthall as Meigh & Walthall 

  • In November 1802 Wilthall left the business and Job Meigh continued on his own account

  • In 1812 Job Meigh's son (Job Meigh II) joined the business.  

  • Job Meigh (the father) died in 1817 but the style of the Job Meigh & Son continued. 

  • In 1834 Job Meigh II retired and Charles Meigh (Job Meigh II's brother) took the works.


Previously: Meigh & Walthall 

Subsequently: Charles Meigh



footed serving dish 


impressed mark MEIGH




Zoological Sketches 



The animals are shown with trees and rocks/mountains in the background, surrounded by an inner border of flowers and various exotic birds. 

The outer border consists of a continuous pattern incorporating both scrolls and leaves.

four footed soup tureen with ladle and stand in one of the Zoological Sketches patterns 

Zoological Sketches
J M & S

A series of animal patterns - the animals are surrounded by an inner border of flowers and various exotic birds. The majority of the production was in black with the occasional blue and white set. 

The original animal prints are attributed to John Church's book "A Cabinet of Quadrupeds" first published in 1805 - the engraved source prints are reported to have also been used by Enoch Wood, Ralph Hall and Copeland & Garrett in other transferware zoological series.




known animals in the series are an elephant, rhinoceros, elk, lion, 
tiger, skunk, hyena, zebra, lemur, gazelle, kangaroo, pangolin

a blue printed dinner set in the Zoological Sketches pattern



Initials & names used on ware for identification:




J M & S
['& S' is c.1812 onwards] 



shown above are examples of marks used by 
Chinese porcelain manufacturers 

The Meigh family (& other potters) added similar
marks to their ware to give the impression of the orient
to their ware even though it was produced in England.

example of quasi-Chinese mark used by Job Meigh 
- this style of mark was also used
by Charles Meigh and Charles Meigh & Son



Improved Stone China 
around the border: Meigh Hanley

other wording included "Indian Stone China" or "French China" 

Enamel Porcelain 

marks recorded in Godden's 'Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and porcelain Marks'

these style of marks were also used by Charles Meigh and Charles Meigh & Son 




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Questions, comments, contributions? email: Steve Birks