Thomas G. Booth


Location and period of operation:

Thomas Gimbert Booth 





Earthenware and ironstone manufacturer at the Church (Bank) works in the High Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • An 1880 advert reads: "manufacturer of earthenware, also best ironstone china for hotels' and ships' use, suitable for home, foreign and colonial markets"

  • Thomas Booth (the founder of the business) had died in 1872 and his son Thomas Gimbert Booth took over the business on his own account. The title became Thomas Booth & Son

  • In 1876 the business was renamed to Thomas Gimbert Booth

  • By 1881 the factory employed 50 Men, 60 Boys, 15 Women, and 30 Girls

  • In 1883 Thomas Gimbert's brother Frederick also joined the business which became T G & F Booth


Formerly Thomas Booth & Son

Subsequently T. G. & F. Booth



Thomas Gimbert Booth
Tunstall, Staffordshire

The Pottery Gazette, 1st July 1880 

green transferware plate in the Indian Ornament pattern

Cup and saucer in the JAPAN pattern 



tureen, lid and base in the CHAIN pattern 



bowl in the popular MADRAS pattern 

T. G. B.

 the registration diamond shows that the pattern was first registered on 
14 August 1872
by the predecessor 
Thomas Booth & Co



serving platter in the popular VASE pattern

the pattern was first registered on the 14th September 1868
by Thomas Booth & Co  - subsequent Booth companies also made this pattern 


this VASE pattern platter carries two marks - one printed and one impressed  

T. B. & Co.

 the registration diamond shows that the pattern was first registered on 
14th September 1868
by the predecessor company
 Thomas Booth & Co 
and this printed mark carried the initials 
T.B. & Co.



 the impressed mark shows that the platter was actually made by Thomas Gimbert Booth



another platter in the VASE patter carries both a printed and an impressed mark for Thomas Gimbert Booth.

However printed mark has a typo - in the belt mark are the initials GTB - which should read T.G.B.

As costs had to be carefully controlled in a very competitive market these printed transfer marks were used, rather than throw them away.  


photos courtesy:  Tracy Hurst



plate in the Asiatic Pheasants pattern

- Asiatic Pheasants -

Warranted Staffordshire
T. G. B. 




Marks & initials used on ware for identification: 






'Indian Ornament'



Warranted Staffordshire
T. G. B. 


typical printed marks - a belt surmounted by a crown

often the pattern name is contained in the belt

this belt mark on an Asiatic Peasants pattern plate does not have the crown 




mark incorporating the Royal Arms- the initials TP are probably that of the retailer 

'MADRAS' is the pattern name
this and other patterns were produced by previous and subsequent BOOTH companies

the registration diamond shows the pattern
was registered on the 14 August 1872





'CHAIN' is the pattern name


- click the map for more information on the Church Bank Works - 


BOOTH, Thomas Gimbert (1850-1907), earthenware manufacturer, Tunstall. 

Thomas Gimbert Booth, born in June 1850, was the son of Thomas Booth who was a pottery manufacturer, of 
Knowles Works, Burslem in 1864 and of Church Bank Works about 1870. 

Thomas Gimbert Booth succeeded his father about 1876 and for a short time was in partnership with his brother Fred as T G & F Booth.

The business was registered as a limited company about 1898, and Thomas acted as Managing Director until 1904 then as Chairman. The firms produced good quality earthenware and became famous for its Royal Semi Porcelain, Silicon China and in the 20th century for its reproduction, in opaque earthenware, of 18th century Worcester porcelain. 

The factory employed 50 Men, 60 Boys, 15 Women, and 30 Girls in 1881. The firm continued until the1940's when it became Booth's and Colcloughs.

Thomas Gimbert Booth was elected to the Tunstall Local Board of Health in 1882 and served as chief 
bailiff from 1886-90. He supported the idea of a separate Potteries county and was one of Tunstall's first representatives on Staffordshire county council in 1889. His portrait, by John Nash Peake, hung in the council chamber. He was a churchman, a Conservative and bred racehorses. 

He lived in Wolstanton, then at Bradwell Lodge, Porthill, at May Bank Cottage in 1881, for some time after 1904 in Wellington, Shropshire and for the last six months of his life at Grace Dieu, 17 Knowsley Road, Southport, where he died on 17 September 1907 leaving a widow, Eliza. 

SOURCES: Census 1881, Dir. 1907; Staffs. Sentinel 7 October 1907 (obit.); People of the Potteries; Jewitt.


1881 census:

Dwelling: May Bank Cottage
Census Place: Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Thomas G. BOOTH M 30 M Head Tunstall Earthenware Manufacturer Employing 50 Men 60 Boys 15 Women 30 Girls
Eliza BOOTH M 31 F Wife Liverpool  
Lizzie BURGESS U 18 F Cousin Burslem  
Sarah GLOVER  U 35 F Serv Burslem  
Emiley BURGESS  U 19 F Cousin Norbury, Shropshire  

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