T Rathbone & Co


Location and period of operation:

T Rathbone & Co




 Earthenware manufacturer at the Newfield Pottery, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent



Rathbone, T., general earthenware manufacturer, 
Newfield Pottery, 
High Street, Sandyford (Tunstall) 

from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'




flo-blue plate with gilding - FLORENCE pattern



jug in the DANE pattern 



Flo-blue dinner and serving set in the MAY pattern 



Marks & initials used on ware for identification:


T. R. & Co
LUCERNE is the pattern name

mark c.1898+

T. R. & Co

mark c.1898+

T. R. & Co
DANE is the pattern name

mark c.1912+


T. R. & Co

T. R. & Co T 

    MAY is the pattern name
The 'T' stands for Tunstall which is the town where the works were based

these two marks appear on diferent pieces of the 
MAY pattern in the set shown above 


T. R. & Co

mark c.1919-24


Fakes, reproductions of Rathbone ware 

T Rathbone flo blue reproductions do appear on the market - they are c.1960-1980s
manufactured in China and generally easy to spot due to the crude backstamp mark,
the thickness of the ware, unglazed bottom and poor decoration. 


this reproduction of a T Rathbone teapot is heavy and has a distinctive thick feel
the gold colour is very crudely applied  


reproductions often have unglazed areas on the bottoms 
- the foot rings are rough and too white and on this
example there is gold colour splashed on the bottom


the mark on the reproduction is very crude


set of reproduction T Rathbone flo blue jugs 


badly drawn mark on jugs 


1924 map showint the Newfield Pottery 



many of the pottery buildings can still be identified
the site of the former Newfield Pottery as used as industrial units

photo: 2018 - Google Maps


Questions, comments, contributions? email: Steve Birks