1890's 3 Antique Victorian Cauldon Pottery Staffordshire Bird Platters
#AD215: 3 Rare Vintage Cauldon Green Bird Ashet or Platter, Meat Dish, Game Plates
These are 3 stunning original old Cauldon Victorian transferware platters that were found in the Newton Abbot, Devon, England area, recently coming out of a Devon house. Each have a beautiful apple green colour rim, with vibrant floral embellishments, and an oriental asiatic pheasant, peacock or Chinese bird hand painted in center. This bird has much character, is perched on a small tree, with a handsome beetle and butterfly friend nearby.
A Description of Each Platter:
1. Largest Platter, 14.5 x 13 inches: It is marked "Cauldon, England" in deep brown, also an incised CAULDON mark in pottery, as well as incised mark of M and 14. It also has the potter's or artist's handwritten underglaze tally mark of V 167140 hand painted in light bluish gray.
2. Midsize Platter, 10 x 9 inches: An incised CAULDON mark in pottery, as well as an incised mark of the number 10. It too has the potter or artist's handwritten underglaze tally mark of V1691 and 40 hand painted in dark bluish green.
3. Smallest Platter, 9.25 x 8 inches: It is marked "Cauldon, England" in deep brown, and an incised CAULDON mark in the pottery, as well as incised number 6 and an incised perfect circle. It too has the potter or artist's hand rendered underglaze tally mark of V1691 and 40 painted in light bluish gray.
A NOTE on Late 19th & early 20th century English Pottery Marks: In general, the use of the word "England" in pottery marks indicates a manufacturing date after the year 1891, although a few pottery manufacturers started a bit earlier. Then US President William McKinley initiated the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890, which mandated all imports to America be marked with the country of manufacture. If a piece is marked "Made in England", this would indicate a manufacture date in the 20th century, with that specific law going into affect in 1921. It is known some potteries initiated their "Made in England" mark earlier in the century to show cooperation and acknowledgement of America as an important trading partner.
This is a beautiful, clean old set which would make a stunning addition to a Staffordshire collection. Job Ridgway 1759-1814, son of famous early potter Ralph Ridgway, born 1726, founded the first factory called "Cauldon Works" in 1802 at Cauldon Place, Hanley, Staffordshire. When Job died, his sons took over the business until 1859 when Bates, Brown-Westhead & Moore came in and from 1862-1904 as the T.C. Brown Westhead, Moore & Co. New ownership ensued from 1905-1920 as Cauldon Ltd, who marked their wares as such. This is how we date these 3 beautiful platters to the late Victorian, early Edwardian era, thus made earlier than 1905.
Click images to see condition in close up views and click again to open full images on screen for scrolling to right. A beautiful 120 year old set, with very very minor edge wear from firing, and a very clean, bright crisp look. We were thrilled to find them all together, and in this relatively unused condition.
Sizes: See English pence in photo to the left of each sized platter. This will help you to gauge the relative size of each platter and the size to each other:
Smallest Platter: 9.25 x 8 inches
Middle Size Platter: 10 x 9 inches
Large Platter Platter: 14.5 x 13 inches
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