Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co Ltd


Location and period of operation:

Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co Ltd




(See sources)

At the Minerva Works, Park Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent


"In 1897 the name Crown Staffordshire first appeared in the title of the firm and in 1903 it became a limited company under the name Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co. Ltd. By the turn of the century, the company were producing a wide range of bone china products including dinner ware, tea and coffee ware, miniatures, vases, cutlery handles, door furniture and floral china baskets. 

In the late 1920's Crown Staffordshire pioneered the large scale production of china floral ornaments and china costume jewellery for which they became famous......

Both before and during World War 2 the company produced badged ware for the fighting services, including the British and Canadian navies. During the war they were designated as a nucleus firm (1941) which meant that they were allowed to continue trading in their own premises and, although Barlows of Longton were concentrated upon the Minerva Works for the duration of the war, no earthenware was made, only bone china.

In 1946 a factory in Heron Cross was purchased to allow increased postwar production of decorated wares, primarily for export. The bottle ovens there were replaced by tunnel ovens.

In 1948 the name of the company was changed to Crown Staffordshire China Co. Ltd."

Stoke-on-Trent Potteries Museum data sheet


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Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co. Ltd.
Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co. Ltd.
Estd 1801

The sign says 'ESTd 1801' - and this date appears on some ware made by this company.

However the Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co. was not formed until 1889 - so how did they get this date of 1801? 

According to Jewitt's 'Ceramic Art of Great Britain'.. the Minerva works were established in 1801 and via a number of companies the works evantually vame into the hands of the Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Co. 

So it is the pottery factory that was estabilished in 1801 - and not this company. 

This type of stretching of the truth with dates was not uncommon with pottery companies as they tried to show longevity. 




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