Thomas Morris






 

Location and period of operation:

Thomas Morris

Longton

1892

1937

 China Manufacturer at the Regent Works, Mount Pleasant, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • The works were built in 1892 on the site of the Millfield Gate Brick Field.

  • By 1900 the partners were Arthur John Morris, William Lockett, Charles Frederick Goodfellow, Harry Warrilow, George Warrilow.

  • On 15th November 1900 the partnership was dissolved and the business continued, under the same style of "Thomas Morris" by Harry Davies, Samuel Morris and Arthur John Morris. Harry Davies was married to Annie Morris, the daughter of Thomas Morris.

  • Following the partnership arrangement in 1900, it is believed that Annie Davies (née Morris) gave control of the factory to her husband Harry when the rest of her siblings were bought out in 1904 (see below). 

  • From around 1912 the company used the trade name 'Crown Chelsea China' and specialised in high quality, hand painted and guilded china. 

  • It is probable that in 1918 that Herbert J Colclough (former Lord Mayor of Longton) took over the Regent Works and the business continued as Thomas Morris under his ownership. 

  • In 1937 the business of Thomas Morris (along with H.J. Colclough and the Osborne China Co. Ltd.) became part of Colclough China Ltd. 

  • The factories of H.J. Colclough (Vale Works) and Thomas Morris (Regent Works) continued to operate under the Colclough China name. 

  • The 1947 Pottery Gazette reference book records the trade name 'Crown Chelsea China' as belonging to Colclough China Ltd. 


"My understanding from my grandfather (Harry and Annie's son John Morris Davies b.1901) is that he was to take over from his parents but had first to work his way up through the factory from the bottom. 

His interest was with cars and motorcycles and he refused to work at the factory, eventually emigrating to Australia in about 1922. His sisters Edithe and Dorothy had both married so there was no-one left to carry it on. 

Annie and Harry had separated and Harry died in 1929, so Annie managed the business herself until 1941. I think she died in 1949." 

Information kindly supplied by Antony Davies
[great, great grandson of Thomas Morris]


 


Subsequently: the works became part of Colclough China Ltd. 

 


London Gazette,  April 30 1901 

notice of dissolution of partnership on 15th November 1900
- the business continued by Harry Davies, Samuel Morris and 
Arthur John Morris
 


London Gazette,  July 29 1904 

notice of dissolution of partnership  between Samuel Morris,
Edith Latham (formerly Morris) and Annie Davies (formerly Morris)

 it is believed that Annie Davies (née Morris) gave control of the factory 
to her husband Harry when the rest of her siblings were bought out in 1904


 

Guilded transfer ware plate in the Venice pattern

 


 

Guilded transfer ware trio in the NIOBE pattern

 


 


Crown Chelsea China Cobalt Blue and Heavily Gilded Dinner Plates 
- decorated with a French Style Pattern

 

 


 

Crown Chelsea China guilded Cobalt Blue dinner plates
the mark is c.1912+

 

 


 

Crown Chelsea China guilded trio
the mark is c.1928+

 

 


Marks used on ware for identification:

TM

Earlier marks have a recumbent lion and underneath
the overlapping initials TM

 

Crown Chelsea China

From c.1912 onwards the trade name CROWN CHELSEA CHINA
was introduced


 


TM
VENICE
MADE IN ENGLAND

Venice is the pattern name

c.1892+


 


TM
VENICE
MADE IN ENGLAND

NIOBE is the pattern name

c.1892+


 


CROWN CHELSEA CHINA
MORRIS
ENGLAND

c.1912+


 


CROWN CHELSEA CHINA
MORRIS
MADE IN ENGLAND

  c.1928+



The Regent Works in 1927

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Harry and Mary-Annie Davies outside their home in Lightwood, Longton
their children were John, Edithe and Dorothy 

Harry Davies was married to Annie Morris, the daughter of Thomas Morris - Following the partnership arrangement in 1900, it is believed that Annie Davies (née Morris) gave control of the factory to her husband Harry when the rest of her siblings were bought out in 1904.

Annie and Harry separated and Harry died in 1929, so Annie managed the business herself until 1941.

 

 Mary-Annie and Harry Davies

 


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