Location and period of operation:
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
Robinson & Son trio in Cineraria pattern
Initials and Marks used on ware for identification:
R & S
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
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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