Thomas Cone, Ltd
Thomas Cone, (Longton) Ltd






 

Location and period of operation:

T Cone (Thomas, Ltd)

Longton

1892 

1963

Earthenware manufacturer at the Alma Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Originally (c.1892) as T Cone & Co - in partneship with Lewis Bentley

  • Then as Thomas Cone Ltd. (1893 - c.1920)

  • About 1920 the business was acquired by Thomas C Wild & Sons and was renamed Thomas Cone (Longton) Ltd. 

  • In 1942 the Alma works were closed under the Wartime Concentration Scheme.

  • In 1946 Wild sold the dormant business to a Mr. Rose who reopened the Alma Works, producing tableware under the nmae Thomas Cone.

  • Around 1947/9 the business was aquired by Charles Bowers and traded as Thomas Cone Ltd., initially as part of the Keele Street Pottery Group and then from 1950 as part of Staffordshire Potteries (Holdings) Ltd. 

  • In 1963 manufacturing was moved to the Staffordshire Potteries site in Meir and the Alma Works in Longton closed and the Thomas Cone name became a production unit at the Meir Works - ware was marked 'Royal Alma Est. 1856' 



London Gazette 10 Oct 1893

Partnership between Thomas Cone & Lewis Bentley dissolved
Thomas Cone continued on his own  


Edith Gater (1930's) was an artist producing tube-lined wares. Patterns include the famous Springtime, she also contributed designs to the Morris Ware range at Sampson & Hancock. 
Later she worked for Cauldon Potteries also designing tube-lined wares. During the war Edith left to do war work and afterwards went to work at Thomas Cone, Longton.

 


Dish desgned by Edith Gater 

 


Thomas Cone, Alma Works in 1907
High Street (now Uttoxeter Road), Longton

- click picture for more information -

 

 


 


King George V Silver Jubilee cup & saucer 1910-1935
marked on the back 'Alma Ware' 

 

 

Alma Ware - 1930's Blue Floral trio
Alma Ware - 1930's Blue Floral trio 

 


Floral pattern plates - Royal Alma Ware c.1950's 

 


 

Marks used at the Alma Works, Longton: 

T C
L
(the 'L' standing for LONGTON) 

 

T C
LONGTON

 

ALMA WARE

 

ROYAL ALMA

 



TC
LONGTON
 

mark for Thomas Cone
'PHEASANT' is the pattern name

mark used 1912-35

 


Alma Ware
England

mark introduced 1935+

 

 


Royal Alma
Est 1856
Made in England

mark introduced 1950+

 


Advert for Thomas Cone Ltd from the April 1953 Pottery Gazette

One of the K.S.P. Group of Potteries 
(Keele Street Pottery Group)

 

 


Marks and ware from the Meir Works (Staffordshire Potteries): 

In 1963 manufacturing was moved to the Staffordshire Potteries site in Meir and the Alma Works in Longton closed and the Thomas Cone name became a production unit at the Meir Works - ware was marked 'Royal Alma Est. 1856' 

 


1970's Royal Alma cups and saucers
produced at the Staffordshire Potteries works in in Meir
(similar in design to Kiln Craft pottery)

 


Est 1856
Royal Alma
Ironstone
Staffordshire
Made in England

11-73 is the date of manufacture - November 1973 


 


Coaching Scene cup

 


Est 1856
Royal Alma
Staffordshire
Ironstone
Made in England


 


The box is marked 'Royal Alma'

 


the backstamp is just

Kiln Kraft
Staffordshire Potteries Ltd

 


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