Henry Alcock & Co (Ltd)

The Henry Alcock Pottery  






 

Location and period of operation:

Henry Alcock & Co (Ltd)

Cobridge

1861

Oct 1909

 

The Henry Alcock Pottery

Fenton

Oct 1909

1911

 

The Henry Alcock Pottery
(under the ownership of J. A. Robinson

Stoke

1911

1935

 

 

Manufacturer of earthenware at Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • The Alcock family had been associated with the Elder Pottery in Cobridge since 1835. 

  • In 1861 Henry Alcock succeeded John Alcock (snr.) and the business operated as Henry Alcock & Co. 

  • Partners included Henry Alcock, his brother John Alcock the younger and Joseph Alcock. In June 1874 Joseph retired from the business - Henry & John continued. (The London Gazette

  • In 1909 Henry Alcock & Co. got into financial difficulty and a receiver was appointed. On Aug. 9, 1909, shortly after the appointment of the receiver, a circular letter was issued by Mr. A. Dutton, one of the directors, to the home trade creditors of the company, stating that the business of the company might be discontinued at Cobridge, but that he and two other directors of the old company were commencing at another and more upto date factory at Fenton and would be able to supply the lines formerly manufactured by Henry Alcock & Co., Ltd., Pottery Gazette, October 1909.  

  • In October 1909 a new company - Henry Alcock Pottery Ltd. was registered with a registered capital of 3,000. The subscribers were A. Dutton and F. W. Turner. 

  • The Elder Pottery factory in Cobridge was sold to Soho Pottery who moved in in August 1910.

  • By November 1909 the Henry Alcock Pottery was operating from the King Street Works, Fenton. 

  • In June 1911 it was announced that "The Henry Alcock Pottery, Ltd., King-st. Works, Fenton, has recently been merged into J. A. Robinson & Sons, Ltd., Wolfe-st., Stoke-on-Trent. Robinson & Sons, Ltd., are now enlarging their premises, and will shortly remove the Alcock branch to Wolfe-st." Pottery Gazette. June 1911. 

  • The Henry Alcock Pottery continued until 1935. 


Formerly: John Alcock (1853-61)

 


 

Henry Alcock & Co Ltd, Elder Works, Cobridge


Alcock's Semi-China, Spiral Shape
Henry Alcock & Co Ltd, Manufacturers, Cobridge

Pottery Gazette - January 1906


The Henry Alcock Pottery, Ltd.,  King Street Works, Fenton


Alcock's Semi-China, Spiral Shape
Made by The Henry Alcock Pottery, Ltd.,
Successors to Henry Alcock & Co Ltd. Cobridge
King Street Works, Fenton

We are making their patterns as before

Pottery Gazette - November 1909

 


 


The Henry Alcock Pottery, Ltd.,
King Street Works, Fenton
We are making Alcock's Semi-China in Spiral
and all other Patterns and Shapes
as before

Pottery Gazette - January 1911

this advert is from the brief period (Oct 1909-1911) when the Henry Alcock Pottery 
was operating from the King Street Works, Fenton

 


 


Plate in the ORIENTAL pattern

H A & Co
 

This plate was given as a wedding gift to Christopher Schmidt and Ernestine Petzold on 11th January1863. 

Henry Alcock & Co started manufacturing in 1861 and therefore this plate was made in 1861 or 1862. 

photos courtesy: Julie Brown

 


 

 



white ironstone serving dish and tureen

- more on ironstone -

 

 


H A & Co
(impressed)

Imperial 
Ironstone China
Henry Alcock & Co

the mark includes the Royal Arms

the impressed '2' is probably a size mark 

 

 


 

 



chamber pot in the STRATFORD pattern

the pattern is in the aesthetic style


H. A. Alcock & Co
Cobridge
Patent Feb 12, 1884

the registration diamond shows that the pattern was registered on the 8th June 1883

 


 

 

 


pattern in the style of the popular Chinese / Indian tree pattern


Semi Porcelain
The Henry Alcock Pottery Ltd
Fenton
Stoke-on-Trent
England

  • the hand painted number is probably a pattern reference

  • the impressed 11 10 is the month-year of manufacture, in this case November 1910 

  • the impressed '17' is likely to be a size or mould number. 


The Henry Alcock Pottery Ltd operated at Fenton from October 1909 to 1911

 

photos courtesy:  Ruth Dryden

 


 

 

Sometimes misattributed markings:

Herbert Aynsley & Co also used the initials H. A. & Co. and sometimes these
are confused with Henry Alcock & Co. 

 


Warranted
Staffordshire
H A & Co
L
England 

Asiatic Pheasants 
H A & Co

Herbert Aynsley & Co also used the initials H. A. & Co. 

  • Aynsley operated from the town of Longton and so marks with 'L' are Aynsley and not Alcock. 

  • Willow and Asiatic Pheasants patterns are almost certainly Aynsley.

 



Marks and initials used on ware for identification:

H. A. & Co

initials used 1861-80, 
The name of the pattern is often included

 


HENRY ALCOCK & Co

name used 1880-1910
'ENGLAND' added from 1891
'LTD' added from 1900

 


Parisian Porcelain 
Henry Alcock & Co 
England

 

 


Henry Alcock & Co 
England

Hawthorn is the pattern name
the registration number 67716 shows
that the pattern was first registered 
on the 10th February 1887

 



Alcock's Semi-China

 




Royal Ironstone China
H. Alcock & Co
England

c. 1891-1900

this mark likely to be post 1890, when the McKinley Tariff Act required 
imports to the US to be marked with the country of origin, and pre-1900
when 'Ltd' was generally added to the company marks 

- Ironstone

- use of the Royal Arms -



 

General earthenware was produced including white graniteware produced under the names "Ironstone China" and Parisian porcelain" exclusively for the American markets. 


Imperial Parisian Porcelain
Henry Alcock & Co 

this fragment was found on the beach at Cape Lookout, Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA

photo courtesy: Katherine Oliver

in the shield there is a depiction of the 'American Eagle' - some English potters used the Eagle on ware exported to America - it made the ware more acceptable to purchasers.  


Imperial Parisian Porcelain
Henry Alcock & Co 

Oxford is the name of the shape

the name 'Parisian' was used to make the ware seem more more sophisticated and to make it more appealing to the American market when anti-British feelings were on the rise  


H A & Co
(impressed)

Trade Mark
Henry Alcock & Co 

this fragment was found on the beach in Massachusetts, USA

c. 1880-91

 




Henry Alcock & Co 

c.1880-91


Henry Alcock & Co 
Cobridge 
England

c.1891-1900


Henry Alcock & Co 
Cobridge 
England

c.1891-1900


Henry Alcock & Co 
England

c.1891-1900


Henry Alcock & Co LD
England

c.1900 - Oct 1909

'ENGLAND' added from 1891
'LD' or 'Ltd" added from 1900

Henry Alcock & Co (Ltd) were at the Elder Works in Cobridge from 1861 to October 1909


       


 


The Henry Alcock Pottery Ltd
Fenton
Stoke-on-Trent
England 

Oct 1909-11


The Henry Alcock Pottery Ltd
Stoke-on-Trent
England 

1911-35

Following the name change to The Henry Alcock Pottery Ltd the company 
moved to the King Street Works in Fenton.

In 1911 manufacturing was moved to Wolfe Street, Stoke. 

 

 


 


The Elder Works in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent

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