Ridgway & Co
Location and period of operation:
Ridgway (& Co)
Since 1813 (when their father Job Ridgway died) John and William were partners at this business at Cauldon Place. In 1830 the two brothers inherited the Bell Works from their uncle George. The brothers then ended their partnership with John taking the Cauldon Works and William retaining the Bell works.
The new partners at the Cauldon Works included John Ridgway, Thomas Sanders Bale, John Ridgway Bale and Robert Brown.
In 1846 the partnership was dissolved, John Ridgway Bale having died and Robert Brown leaving the business. The business then continued with John Ridgway and Thomas Sanders Bale as partners.
John Ridgway and Thomas Sanders Bale were also partners at the Castlefields, Architectural Pottery Works
in Shelton under the name of Ridgway & Bale.
Both partnerships were dissolved in August 1854
John Ridgway (1785-1860) was a member of the famous Ridgway family of potters
In 1810 John Ridgway married Sophia Bale of Bristol and presumably Thomas Sanders Bale was
some relation of Sophia Bale.
Formerly: J & W Ridgway
Subsequently: Ridgway, Bates & Co.
London Gazette, November 16, 1830
notice of the dissolution of the partnerships
between John and William Ridgway
the business then continued as John Ridgway & Co
London Gazette, 13 February 1846
notice of the dissolution of the partnership of John Ridgway,
Thomas Sanders Bale, John Ridgway Bale (deceased) and Robert Brown
the business then continued with
John Ridgway and
Thomas Sanders Bale.
London Gazette, 19 September 1854
notice of the
dissolution of the partnerships between
John Ridgway and Thomas Sanders Bale
by the Committee for the Staffordshire Potteries
to exhibit at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855
the pattern number is given as 6912
the pattern number is given as 5302
Soup bowl in the Blue Bell pattern
sometimes this pattern was produced in blue monochrome
platter in the Byzantium pattern
Marks and initials used on ware for identification:
later marks (c.1841-55) have "& Co"
NAPIER is the pattern name
PERSIAN Sun Flower is the pattern name
REGINA is the pattern name
Iron Stone China
sometimes no pattern number or intitials are included in the mark
the initials 'JR' appear in the centre of the ribbon along the bottom
Imperial Stone China
sometime the mark was used without the initials JR or JR & Co
The Royal Arms with the escutcheon overall (centre shield) is
dated pre-1837 when Victoria became queen
- see more on the Royal Arms -
J Ridgway & Compy
diamond gives the date of 2nd October 1847
for the pattern registration
BLUE BELL is the pattern name
J R & Co
BYZANTIUM is the pattern name
JR - CP
Water Lilly is the pattern name
this mark is
attributed to John Ridgway
- the meaning of the initials 'CP' are unknown
they may belong to an agent or distributor -
The Cauldon Place works
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