Powell & Bishop


Location and period of operation:

Powell & Bishop




 (See sources)

China and Earthenware manufacturer at the Stafford Street Works and the Church Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent


Formerly: Livesley Powell & Co [1851-1866]

Subsequently: Powell, Bishop & Stonier [1878-1891]


Initials used on ware for identification:

P & B

P & B



This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 and often appeared with the initials P&B below it - the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships.

Caduceus: A winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes (Greek God) and used as the symbol of the medical profession.

trade marks of Bishop & Stonier
- the marks were continued by subsequent partnerships -

  ELSIE is the name of the pattern


Typical printed marks used by Powell & Bishop [1867-1878] the bottom mark with the addition of "ENGLAND" is unusual as it uses the country of origin before it became mandatory in 1891



Powell & Bishop mark using
the Royal Arms
on Royal Arms


Plate by Powell & Bishop in the ELSIE pattern



examples of Powell & Bishop Ironstone ware:-





- click picture for information on the Stafford Street Works - 

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