1830's William Ridgway Blue White Willow Platter, Rare & Early WR Mark
#AD307: Small 11 x 9 inch English Staffordshire W. Ridgway Willow
Ashet, Meat Plate Dish or Platter
This is a beautiful Georgian era Willow pattern Blue & White Ironstone pottery transferware platter. it measures 11 x 9 inches and has a great large clear blue "WR Staffordshire Ironstone China" backmark in a flowing banner ribbon, with flowers above the WR initials as an embellishment at the top.
The Transferware Collectors Club database shows a Willow plate with the same mark, TCC pattern #6512. It also shows one photo of the makers mark as Ribbon 53939.
Note: Job Ridgway 1759–1813 and his brother George Ridgway 1758–1823 were devout Methodists who started the Bell Works Pottery Factory in Hanley, Staffordshire in 1794. Around 1800 they split their partnership to each bring their sons into the trade. Job had two sons, John Ridgway and William Ridgway, and he began a new factory works at Shelton, Staffordshire, Stoke, called the Cauldon Place Works from 1802, which became "Ridgway & Sons"in 1808 or "J & W Ridgway." The Ridgway family name is also seen incorrectly spelled as Ridgeway in genealogy records.
In 1830, William and his John brother split, with William Ridgway 1788-1864 took on the Bell Works in Shelton and the Church Works in nearby Hanley. From web research we found that in 1830-1834 William Ridgway marked his pottery W R or W RIDGWAY with many different marks, both impressed and printed.
This piece has a beautiful combed pottery back as seen in photos, and is well glazed, smooth and creamy in great condition. It also has a small deeply impressed flower type mark in the clay, see photos.
This rare and uncommon piece was found in Totnes, Devon, England. It has good colour, no chips, cracks or repairs. There are very mild signs of use. It is small, 9 x 11 inches and displays beautifully.
Size: 9 x 11 inches, small clean willow platter
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