1876 Victorian Minton "Crane Bill" Dinnerware Plate, Deep Blue Colour

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A beautiful 19th century vintage, antique Mintons "Crane Bill" pattern porcelain plate in luscious blue with olive green leaves, and a deep brown rust terra cotta painted rim. It is in great condition with no cracks or chips and measures 8.75 inches in diameter.

This original antique piece has the beautiful early black Minton transferware mark on reverse of 'M & Co' in an Victorian vignette, as well as the impressed Minton BB mark, which stands for BB Best Body. It has a clear impression of a triangle with circle cipher, which tells us its manufacture was the year 1873. It also has a clear O impressed mark and a V handpainted in brown terra cotta, as well as a small painted icon in the same blue of the plate, of which we cannot decipher. It is well marked!

Minton was a pottery founded in 1793 in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England by Thomas Minton 1765–1836, an early skilled transferware engraver. Originally called "Thomas Minton and Sons", it ran under several different partnerships, from 1796. Minton first produced blue & white transferware, and was an early rival to the Josiah Spode Pottery Works. The early earthenware pieces and pre 1805 porcelains are genrally considered to be unmarked.

Thomas Minton later formed a partnership as Minton & Poulson in 1796, with Joseph Poulson, who died in 1808. Thomas Minton continued on alone, using the Poulson's pottery name until 1816. He built a new Minton china pottery works in 1824. His son, Herbert Minton 1793–1858 took over the Minton works in partnership with Michael Daintry Hollins, and the tile production became then known as Minton Hollins & Co. Herbert Minton was at the helm into the earlier Victorian years, dying in 1858. His nephew, Colin Minton Campbell 1827-1885, who had been employed in the business since 1842, took over in 1858 after his Uncle Herbert's death. Colin Minton Campbell was elected mayor of Stoke-upon-Trent in 1880.

The Crane Bill pattern is uncommon and hard to find, made in in various deep Victorian era colours. Relatively few were made. Click images to see condition in close up views and click again to open full images on screen for scrolling to right. This piece has some fine age crazing to be expected but no chips, cracks or restoration and displays beautifully on a wall, as we have it at the moment. It was found in Molesey, Surrey, England. 

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Size: 8.75 inches in diameter
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