1860's Antique Ashworth / Mason's Ironstone Chinese Antiquities Plate

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This is a beautiful old original English pottery patent ironstone 8" dinner plate made by Ashworth / Mason's in the "Chinese Antiquities" pattern, which is also known as the "Vase & Symbol pattern." It depicts a Chinese urn in the center and early antiquities around the edge.

It has the beautiful 19th century angular Masons crown mark in black, with the words "Mason's Patent Ironstone China". There is also an impressed crown mark in the clay with the words "Ashworth Real Ironstone China, 3191".

Mason's Ironstone Timeline History:
Miles Mason 1752-1822 was born in Westhouse, Dent, Dentdale, Yorkshire and died in Staffordshire, England. As a young man, he worked in his uncle's store and learned the import merchant trade. In 1783, he married a young heiress, Ruth Fararr Mason 1767-1834, age 16, and daughter of Richard Farrar, a wealthy glass and china importer who had died previously in 1775.
Miles & Ruth had four children:
Ann Ruth Mason, born 1783, possibly married Bibye Lesage
William Mason 1785-1855
George Miles Mason 1789-1859
Charles James Mason 1791-1856

In 1804, Miles Mason left the importing trade and opened his own porcelain manufacturing factory called the "Minerva Works" in Lane Delph, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. His earliest works carry the simple backmark of "M Mason."

Ruth and Mile's youngest child Charles James Mason 1791-1856 was granted a patent for "Ironstone" in 1813, a strong, durable and hard earthenware pottery. This proved a prosperous move. In 1815, Charles Mason married Sarah Spode Mason, the granddaughter of famous potter Josiah Spode, expanding and entwining the Minerva Works with Spode factories.

Sadly, the elder Miles Mason died in 1822, and in 1829 the Minerva Works became known as Charles J. Mason & Co., with various backmarks including "Fenton Stone Works." In 1848, in bankruptcy, Charles sold the pottery to Francis Morley of Nottinghamshire. Sadly, Charles J. Mason, broke, passed away in 1856.

Francis Morley 1810-1883 (husband to Emma Ridgway 1816–1887 of Ridgway Pottery fame, they married in 1835) and young Taylor Ashworth 1839-1910 became partners. Taylor's father George Leach Ashworth 1799-1861, bought the company for his sons. Francis Morley retired from the business in 1863. 

From 1859-1862, the company traded publicly as Morley & Ashworth. From 1862-1968 it was known as G.L. Ashworth & Bros., which referred to Ashworth's two sons: Taylor Ashworth 1839-1910 and his older brother James Ashworth, born 1830.

John Shaw Goddard bought the firm in 1884 and had a long run. His son, John Vivian Goddard 1886-1962 successfully revived the business after it ceases in WWI war times. After his death, his son John Stringer Goddard continued production, and in 1969 reversed the Ashworth name back to "Mason's Ironstone China" the company was sold to the Wedgwood Group in 1973 and in 1998 the Hanley factory was sadly, demolished.

This is a lovely old 1860's piece of Mason's Ashworth blue & white ironstone Chinoiserie china in beautiful condition. It was found in Devon, England. Be sure to see other fine Mason's and Ashworth pieces on our site.

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Size: 8 inches diameter
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