c 1840 Rare BW&B Batkin, Walker & Broadhurst Blue White Willow Platter

  • £165.00


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Antique English Pearlware Ironstone Transferware Ashet, Meat Plate, or Game Plate

A rare and beautiful original 16 inch pearlware platter from W Batkin, TH Walker and Job Broadhurst, who operated a pottery on Church St in Lane End, Staffordshire from 1840-1845. They sold earthenware, and stone china and this is one of their classic blue and white platters in the traditional Chinese, oriental Chinoiserie Blue Willow pattern. Initials used on their ware for identification were B W & B, and this piece has a clear and beautiful identifying blue graphic backmark.

The 3 partner's names were William Batkin 1803–1880, Judge Thomas Henry Walker 1814–1894 and Job Broadhurst 1797-1874. The history is fascinating as Judge Walker, born in America, came back to England and ran this pottery, then returned to America for a completely different American pioneer life. He became a pillar of the community in the faraway plains of Plainfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin, and died there at age 79. See the enclosed screenshot from the 1845 London Gazette of a notice of dissolvement for the Batkin, Walker & Broadhurst business. Although the partnership ended in 1845, Thomas Walker assumed all debts and carried the business on until approximately 1848, leaving for America in 1849.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
1. William Batkin 1803–1880 (also seen in England census as William Badkin and William Batken) born in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England and died in Staffordshire. His parents were William Badkin, born 1775 and Elizabeth Lymer Badkin, born 1778. His siblings were Elizabeth Badkin, born 1796, Ann Lymer Badkin born 1798, John Badkin born 1803, and Thomas Badkin born 1808. His 1st wife was Ann Meir Batkin 1811–1854 daughter of John Meir 1784-1858 and Tabitha Hawley Meir 1790–1847. His children with Ann were John Badkin 1832–1869, who married Frances Holland Badkin; Thomas Badkin 1834–1879 who married Mary Sampson Badkin 1839–1858; Sarah Badkin 1836–1837 who died as an infant; and James Badkin 1838–1873, who married Caroline Cyples Badkin. (Cyples is also an important Staffordshire pottery name) William's wife Ann died in 1854 and he married Mary Ann Vodrey Lattimer Badkin 1808–1877 in 1856, the widow of Thomas Latimer or Lattimer. Her parents were William Vodrey 1782–1827 of Newchapel, Goldenhill, Staffordshire and Mary Cartlidge or Cartledge, born 1786 in Burslem, Staffordshire. her parents had married in 1805. Mary's own 2 children were Joseph Latimer born 1829, and Thomas Latimer born 1836.

Note: In 1841 the Lane End Staffordshire partnership of pottery firm Chetham, Robinson & Son dissolved following the death of John Robinson. They were in business from 1837-1841 there, and on the 21st day of January 1841 the following men were signed the legal dissolution documents: Jonathan Lowe Chetham, Samuel Robinson, William Batkin, James Deakin, James Wardle, wheo were listed as executors of the late John Robinson. This tells us William was probably working at the firm prior to Batkin, Walker & Broadhurst.

2. Judge Thomas Henry Walker 1814–1894 born in Danville, Steuben County, New York, and died aged 79 in Plainfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he is buried with an extensive family. He lived a long and prosperous life until 1894. His father was James M Walker 1783–1832, born in Derbyshire, England and died in Caroline, Tompkins County, New York. His mother was Abigail Holmes Walker Carl 1794–1877. His father James came to America before 1810 and married Abigail Holmes Walker in Burlington, Otsego County, New York on June 1st 1810. Thomas Henry Walker was born November 29, 1814. It appears they had earlier lost 2 young daughters at birth or infancy in 1811 and in 1812. Although born in NYS, Thomas first went to Canada age 3, then to England to attend school, returning to NYS at age 13, around 1827. His parents stayed in America during his schooling.

His mother, Abigail Holmes Walker Carl 1791-1877 was the daughter of James Holmes and Prudence Gibbs Holmes of Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died at age 82 in Plainfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin USA. Sadly, in 1832, Thomas's father James died. His mother Abigail then remarried William Carl 1790–1855, born in Tompkins County, New York. He is buried in the Carl Family Burial Plot in the small town of Caroline, Tompkins County, New York, near Ithaca NY. Thomas's NY step siblings were Charlotte H. Carl Paine who died in 1849, Peter Carl who died in 1895, Mary Carl Allen 1811–1890 and Jane Carl Sanford 1818–1894. The Carl surname is also seen spelled as Carle.

In 1835, at 21 years of age, Thomas returned to England. He married Elizabeth Sherratt in the village of Doveridge, Derbyshire, England on 21 March, 1836, where it is believed he had attended school. He and Elizabeth lived on New Street, Lane End, Longton in the 1841 census. They later moved to nearby Blurton, close to Longton. Her surname is also seen spelled as Sharrot or Sharratt.

A student of law and politics, Thomas H. Walker became Chief Bailiff of Longton, England at age 30, a job he held from 1844-1846. This is a title similar to a mayor in America. At this time he was also a partner in the Batkin, Walker & Broadhurst pottery manufactory in Lane End Pottery, which was in business only from 1840-1845.

In the 1841 census Thomas is seen as household head: Thomas Walker, age 25 earthenware manufacturer; his wife Elizabeth Walker age 25. Their 2 children: Susan Walker, age 2 and Caroline Walker, age 2 months. His aunt, Ellen Walker age 40, born 1801 (a younger sister of his father James) resides with the family as well as his wife's 2 sisters, Hannah Sherratt, age 26 and Anne Sherratt, age 15. He has 3 servants: Jane Malpas age 20, Ann Ault age 15, and Thomas Parr age 15. The pottery firm dissolved in 1845, but Thomas carried on in pottery for a total of 7 years according to his final WI obituary.


Thomas's had two wives. His first, above, was Elizabeth Sharratt Walker 1811–1851, who died at age 40. Their children were Susan Mary Walker Bovee 1839–1913, Caroline Elizabeth Walker Bound 1841–1913, Ellen Harriet Walker Rozell 1842–1928 and Thomas Henry Walker Jr. 1844–1913. He and Elizabeth and their 4 children sailed for America in 1849. They first went back to the area of his birth in Danville, Steuben County, New York, and then on as pioneers, west to Wisconsin, where he practiced and learned law with Charles Billinghurst in Juneau, Dodge County, Wisconsin. He then moved the 80 miles north the Plainfield. Sadly, his wife Elizabeth died in 1851. Wisconsin was a prairie in that time period and unsettled land, with very harsh winters.

He became a lawyer, admitted to the US bar in 1853. His second wife was Mary Ann Garner Walker 1825–1888, whom he married after Elizabeth's death. Their children were Frederick Edward Walker 1852–1902, Lua Walker Weldon 1854–1904, Emma R. Walker Kennedy 1856–1929, Alice E Walker Perry 1858–1939, Anson Walker 1860–1862, Anna J. Walker 1860–1873, Albert James Walker 1864–1925 and Frank Walker 1866–1867, who died as an infant. His 2nd wife Mary died in 1888, and Thomas died on 5 Jul 1894 at age 79 in Plainfield, Waushara County, Wisconsin.

3. Job Broadhurst 1797-1874, died age 77.  His parents were Thomas Broadhurst
Mary Badkin or Batkin, who married in 1796 in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. His spouse was Charlotte Knight Broadhurst 1801–1879. Their 3 known children were: 1. Elizabeth Broadhurst Green 1821–1872, who married William Green 1816–1878, and had a child named Sarah Ann Green 1849–1929. 2. Mary Venables Broadhurst, born abt 1824, married Thomas Venables. 3. William Broadhurst born 1826. Note: It is hard to find genealogy info on Job Broadhurst.

Note: This platter would have been about the time of the Hanley and Burslem (now Stoke-on-Trent) 1842 Pottery Riots, a major strike which forged trade unionism. Historical info can be found here on wiki. 

This beautiful old ironstone piece has an early hand combed back as seen in photos. It measures 16 x 13 inches and has a nice deep well. It has an incised number 14 and blue and white back mark, as seen in photos.

There are no chips, cracks or repairs and it is in beautiful condition. The most we could day is there is some discolouration as seen in photos, but that is considered done in the firing. It is truly remarkable at 180 years of age, with a nice gloss glaze, very high quality. It was found in Totnes, Devon, England. It is difficult to find examples of the works of BW&B and this is a nicely signed work, and a classic Willow beauty.

Size: 16 inches x 13 inches
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