William Brown


Location and period of operation:

William Brown




  Earthenware manufacturer at the Trent Pottery, Peel Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.


Little is recorded about W. Brown.
There is a 1862 entry for W. Brown, at the Trent pottery, in the 'Slater' trade directory.
The Staffordshire Advertiser
recorded the 1862 bankruptcy of William Brown of the Trent Pottery in Burslem and the sale of his stock.

In the dish below, the engraving of Garibaldi was made c.1860.   W.Brown was bankrupt in 1862 and so the dish must be c.1860-62



An earthenware boat shaped dish bearing an engraved portrait of Garibaldi with red and green enamel inspired by the Italian Flag.

The portrait is derived from the photograph (shown below) by Gustav Le Gray, who was in Palermo in 1860 with Alexander Dumas, who recorded his adventures in On Board the Emma. This was the time of Garibaldi’s expedition with the Thousand to free Sicily and Southern Italy from Bourbon Rule.

On the base of the dish is an impressed anchor mark surrounded by the words Brown, Burslem, Trent and Pottery. For the avoidance of doubt, the legend “W Brown Burslem” is also painted on the base in the green enamel




Marks used on ware for identification:

The following two marks are on the bottom of the dish shown above.

printed mark

impressed  mark

[the colour contrast has been altered to emphasise the wording]  

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