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Canteen ware produced for the British Government
and Armed Forces

 

 

Also see: -

  Ware supplied under the Wartime Concentration Scheme

Modernism or Pragmatism. British Utility Ceramics in the 1940s

An article by Oliver Kent on a collection of Utility pottery found during building work on the site of the American Red Cross Club in Bristol. 

Made between 1943 and 1951, these wares were produced under UK Government control primarily for military use

 

 




canteen ware - tureen  
with the Royal Cypher  GR VI 
George VI the King of the United Kingdom

Dunn Bennett & Co Ltd
Burslem
England
1938
W


 

The tureen shown was produced for and supplied to the British Government; it was ultimately property of the Crown/Government, hence the GR-VI Cypher.

Dunn Bennett (and others) were given government contracts throughout the late 1930s and into the 1940s (WWII) and produced canteen ware - most likely for the armed services.

The ‘W’ within the diamond most likely relates to the products being commissioned and produced for the Office of Works (until 1939) and the Minister of Works (post 1940). This mark is there to distinguish the piece from being normal ‘utilitarian’ ware for public sale or belonging to anyone organisation. 

Canteen ware was also supplied to the British Government during the reign of King George V  

    


 

 

King George V (1910-36)  

 

William Adams & Sons  

Crown Staffordshire  

 

F. Winkle & Co Ltd

 

 


 

King George VI (1936-52)  

 


Section of an engraved copper plate, used to make the transfer 
for the marking for ware produced by Ashworth Bros

 

Ashworth Bros

 


 

 

 

William Adams & Sons  

 

Ashworth Bros

 

Bourne & Son Ltd 
Denby, Derbyshire


Booths

 

Bridgwood

 

Elijah Cotton

 

Crown Staffordshire

 

Doulton & Co 

Dunn Bennett

 

Grindley

 

 

Gibsons

Lovatt's Potteries Ltd
Langley Mill
Nottinghamshire

 

Alfred Meakin

 

J & G Meakin

 

New Hall Pottery 

North Staffordshire 
Pottery Co Ltd
 

 

 

Tuscan China 
RH & SL Plant

 

Royal Stafford 
Thomas Poole

Pountney & Co Ltd
Bristol

 

A G Richardson

 

Swinnertons 

 

Wedgwood & Co 

 


 

Queen Elizabeth II  (1952-2022)  

 


E II R 

E II R 
G. L. Ashworth & Bros. LD.
1956

Ashworth Bros


16
756

impressed marks - the '16' is probably a size mark and the 756 will be the month/year of manufacture - in this case July 1956

Marks on a large white, ironstone platter produced for the British armed services and canteens (hence the E II R Cypher)  

 

 

 

 

 


 

Also see: - Ware supplied under the Wartime Concentration Scheme

 


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