Frank Beardmore & Co. (Ltd) 


Location and period of operation:

Frank Beardmore & Co


Nov 1901



Manufacturer of earthenware at the Sutherland Pottery, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Frances (Frank) William Beardmore (b.1870 in Burslem) was friends with Arnold Bennett and in 1897 married Bennett's sister Frances (Sissie). Bennett became a famous writer and Beardmore became a potter. 

  • Frank Beardmore was an apprentice at Burgess & Leigh at the Hill Pottery, Burslem 

  • In 1900 Beardmore went into partnership with a John Christie at the Sutherland Pottery, as Christie and Beardmore - this was a short lived partnership which was dissolved in November 1901 and Frank Beardmore continued on his own account - initially retaining the trading name Christie and Beardmore. 

  • In 1903 the business name was changed to Frank Beardmore & Co. 

  • Septimus Bennett (one of the younger brothers of Arnold Bennett) was a freelance designer and modeller who worked with Frank Beardmore on some of the vase designs. 

  • The business closed in 1913

Formerly:  Christie and Beardmore



Frank Beardmore 

Courtesy: Beardmore History



London Gazette
19 November 1901

notice of the dissolution of the previous partnership between
John James Christie and Francis William Beardmore

Beardmore continued on his own account 


Beardmore, Frank, & Co.,
earthenware manufacturers,
Sutherland Pottery

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


Frank Beardmore & Co.
(Late Christie & Beardmore)
Sutherland Pottery, Fenton, Staffs.

Courtesy: Beardmore History


Typical ware produced by Frank Beardmore & Co:

An advert for Frank Beardmore & Co stated "As Fine a Show as ever was Produced at a Single Factory!!!"

The company produced vases and jugs in a neoclassical style - these were marketed under the trade names Basaltine Ware and Athenian Ware. 

Septimus Bennett (one of the younger brothers of Arnold Bennett) was a freelance designer and modeller who worked with Frank Beardmore on some of the vase designs. 

Hand painted pastoral scenes were also produced. 

The trade name Sutherland Art Ware was often used, not only on decorative ware but also on gerneral dinner table ware.

A speciality was souvenir ware, especially plates in blue with scenes and buildings from various cities - particularly in the USA and Canada.

Badged ware was produced with the arms of various countries.


Basaltine Ware 


Basaltine Willow
Frank Beardmore & Co



Lincolnshire Scenes

A Wayside Inn of Old England

Sutherland Art Ware - typical hand painted pastoral scenes  



blue & white transferware lidded sauce boat in the Bristol pattern

this is marked 'Sutherland Art Ware'



National Emblems 
a series of plates which included emblems of many countries
including Canada, USA, France, Germany, Italy & British Royal Arms



Souvenir of Philadelphia

badged ware - Canada

typical types of souvenir ware produced by Frank Beardmore & Co



Marks and Initials used on ware for identification:

NOTE: F. B. & Co. is also the mark of a U.S. importer based in Philadelphia. "Fisher, Bruce and Co"


F B & CO

F B & CO

the "F" stands for FENTON - the town were the factory was based




Sutherland Art Ware

Athenian Ware

Basaltine Ware  


Sutherland Art Ware 

Basaltine Ware

Frank Beardmore & Co. Fenton 
typical marks with a dove with and olive branch
-this dove mark was first introduced around 1893 by 
the earlier company of Hulme & Christie 


F B & CO

The PINAFORE pattern was designed and registered on the 
15th July 1889 by the earlier company of Forester & Hulme
- they also used the 'bee' mark as did Hulme & Christie



Athenian Art Ware
 Frank Beardmore & Co. Fenton 


Royal Semi-Porcelain

 Frank Beardmore & Co. Ltd.

LUSITANIA is the pattern name


mark on a commemorative plate
produced for the importers G. H. Bowman

Frank Beardmore & Co produced ware
for a number of importers



- click for information on the Sutherland Pottery -

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

Questions, comments, contributions?  Steve Birks