Robinson & Son






 

Location and period of operation:

Robinson & Son

Longton

1881

1903

  (See sources)

William Robinson and William John Robinson China manufacturer at the Foley China Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
NOTE: A firm of this name also worked at Longton c.1864-69

Previously: Robinson & Co. 

Subsequently: E. Brain & Co
The works were taken over in December 1884 by Elijah Brain when the partnership of Robinson & Son was dissolved
the name 'Robinson & Son' was retained until c.1903. 

The name "Foley" was used by other manufacturers: 
E. Brain & Co (successors to Robinson & Son) and Wileman & Co (who appeared to share the same works)

 



advert for Robinson & Son - from a 1892 trade directory
at this time the works were operated by Brain & Hawker

 



a photo of the Foley China Works when it was operated by E Brain & Co. Ltd. 

 

 


 


notice of dissolution of the partnership of of 
Robinson, Chapman & Hill in Sept 1875

 


notice of dissolution of the partnership of Robinson & Son
in Dec 1884 and the continuation of the business by 
Elijah Brain and William Hawker 

 

 


 

cup, saucer and side plate by Robinson & Son - in a Willow pattern
cup, saucer and side plate by Robinson & Son - in a Willow pattern   

 

Robinson & Son trio in Cineraria pattern
Robinson & Son trio in Cineraria pattern 

 


Initials and Marks used on ware for identification:

R & S
L


FOLEY CHINA


R & S L established 1850

R & S L established 1850

the L stands for Longton 
- the town that the factory was located in

 


an early mark without the name 'Foley China'

Cineraria is the pattern name  

 

Foley was a small district of Longton town
Foley was a small district of Longton town

 


there were a couple of variations of the position of the 
initials R & S within the Stafford knot 

 



between c.1903-5 the company E. Brain & Co (sucessors to Robinson & Son)
used a similar trade mark

 

  


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