1890s Ford & Sons Flow Blue "Oxford" Pattern Aesthetic English Platter
#AD267 Transferware Platter, Ashet, Meat Plate, or Game Plate
A strikingly graphic 1890's platter is a transferware piece in deep flow blue, made in the Victorian era in Staffordshire, England. It is clearly marked on the reverse of being the F&S "Oxford" pattern. It is in stunning condition, with no yellowing, chips, cracks or repairs.
The Oxford pattern is very graphic with a repeating Victorian scroll of intertwining roses, and 8 large and mysterious Ace of Spades embellishments on a wide border rim. The platter shape is that of an eight sided rectangle, and is close to 14 inches in length.
The backmark is a clear cartouche that reads F & S "Oxford" Burslem. This is the mark of Ford & Sons. Thomas Ford 1824-1897 was born in Church Grisely, Derbyshire, England and died in Burslem, Staffordshire. He and his wife Ann Ford 1828–1872 (also known as Fanny Till Ford) had at least 10 children, and his eldest son Elijah Ford 1840-1881 was involved in the trade, as well as his many other sons William, John, Henry, James, Harry, Thomas Jr., and Frederick Ford.
Thomas Ford Sr. worked as a "pottery placer" in Burslem census records, and was involved in various partnerships there since 1860, when he first bought the Hill Pottery Works & Old Hill Pottery Company. This pottery firm was made famous by the early historical work of Ralph Wood 1715-72 and Enoch Wood family with Wedgwood ties, who were instrumental in making the wares of Staffordshire into an organized English industry. Thomas Ford subsequently resold it, then bought it back in 1867. He was located at the old works at Newcastle Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, England. The Ford mark and name became later known as "Ford & Sons Ltd" after 1908.
This old 130 year old platter was found in Exeter, Devon, England. Click images to see condition in close up views. There are no chips, cracks or repairs and it is in lovely smooth, glossy condition. We have used this piece on our center table since found, but alas, it is time for it to go to a loving home. It has strong Victorian graphics and colour.
Size: 13.75 x 10.75 inches
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