Melba






 

The name 'Melba' was used by four different pottery firms, there was no connection between the companies. 

 

Location and period of operation:

Ridgways 
Earthenware
Bedford Works

Shelton, Hanley

1879

1920

 

Mayer & Sherratt
China 
Clifton Works

Longton

1906

1941

 

H. A. Wain
Earthenware 
Melba Works

Longton

1946

mid 1980's

 

Melba China Co. Ltd
China
Stafford Street

Longton

1948

1951

 


how to identify the different uses of 'MELBA'...

Ridgways (1879-1920)
Earthenware

used MELBA as a
name for one of their patterns


Mayer & Sherratt (1907-41)
Bone China

the Mayer & Sherratt mark always had the words 'MELBA BONE CHINA'
above the crown


H Wain & Sons Ltd (1946-mid 80's)
Earthenware

used the name 'MELBA WARE' 
after the name of their 
factory 'Melba Works'

'MELBA WARE' is printed in
a script form


Melba China Co. Ltd (1948-51)
Bone China

the Melba China Co. mark always had the words 'MELBA BONE CHINA'
below the crown


 

 


 

Ridgways:

Ridgways used the name MELBA as a pattern name. 

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China pattern trade card for Ridgway MELBA pattern
- sold by Jones, McDuffee & Stratton Co. at their Boston Store
on the reverse is a calendar for 1914


 
platter in the
Ridgway MELBA pattern


detail of the MELBA pattern


this style of Ridgway
mark was introduced c.1912

 

 


Mayer & Sherratt:

Mayer & Sherratt used the name MELBA as a trade name. It appeared on their ware after c.1921.  

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MELBA CHINA
England


MELBA CHINA
England

Mayer & Sherratt marks c.1921+



MELBA BONE CHINA
Guaranteed
Made in 
England

Mayer & Sherratt used this mark from  around 1925 onwards
 until they closed in 1941

 


RdNo 739443
Dolly Varden

the registration number 739443 show that the 
pattern was first registered in 1928

'Dolly Varden' was the pattern name



Melba Bone China
Made in England

this mark with 'Melba' in script
was probably produced by Mayer & Sherratt
 

 


H. A. Wain:

H A Wain operated at the Melba Works 

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H. WAIN & SONS LTD
Melba Works
LONGTON
Stoke-on-Trent
Made in England 



MELBA WARE

H. WAIN & SONS LTD
Melba Works
LONGTON
Stoke-on-Trent
Made in England 



Melba Ware
England 

 


Melba Ware
Staffordshire
Made in England 



Melba Ware
England 

sticker used on animals made by H Wain

 


Melba China Co Ltd:

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MELBABONE CHINA
Guaranteed
Made in England
Fine Grade

this mark appears with and without
the works 'FINE GRADE' 
 

 


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