Famous Potters of Stoke-on-Trent
|Podmore, Walker family of potters|
G. Podmore, Walker & Co. took over the Unicorn Pottery and Pinnox
Works in Tunstall in 1834. Sometime later they occupied Swan Bank Pottery,
vacated by Ralph Hall in 1849.
They are listed by Ward in 1843 as having two factories, Newfield and Tunstall. The initials P. W. & Co. appear on several printed marks.
In 1859 firm became Wedgwood & Co. when Enoch Wedgwood succeeded the older partnership. The Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks states that Enoch Wedgwood had been a partner in the original firm from about 1856, and that during the period circa 1856 to 1859 the initials need. P. W. & W. may occur on the mark. After 1856 the marks WEDGWOOD and WEDGWOOD & CO. were also used.
Chaffers illustrates a mark of a Unicorn with WEDGWOOD & CO. on a blue-printed plate; as this includes the words' Trade Mark' it indicates a date after 1860, when the firm was Wedgwood & Co.
Other relevant links
marks on Podmore, Walker ware
Examples of Podmore, Walker Ware
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