period of operation:
and Son (Ltd)
manufacturers - particularly arms ware - at the Trent Bridge Pottery (subsequently
Arcadian Works) at
business was set up around 1903/4 (perhaps 1900) by Harold Taylor
Robinson as his first independent pottery enterprise. Arkinstall appears to
have been his maternal grandmother's maiden name.
in Wharf Street, Stoke the company were originally recorded as
decorators of Arms Ware (1907 Business
Reference Guide) and the manager was listed as A. A.
company used the trade name Arcadian.
1908-10 Harold Taylor Robinson
gained a controlling interest in the nearby Robinson &
Leadbeater which he
merged Arkinstall with.
Arkinstall were a Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of
Arcadian Coat of Arms China (useful and ornamental) View China and
all kinds of souvenir ware.
J A Robinson & Sons Ltd
became the main holding company for other pottery businesses HTR had bought or controlled.
Arkinstall business appears to have continued as a unit of Cauldon
Potteries Ltd until 1939.
trade marks and associations with Arkinstall:
Arcadian – trademark used originally by Arkinstall & Son Ltd, a Stoke firm. Later, as a branch of J A Robinson & Sons, then Cauldon Limited and Coalport China Company Limited (John Rose & Company Limited). Arcadian were the largest manufacturers of British Crested China for many years.
Swan – trademark used by Charles Ford. Firm started as T & C Ford in 1854, became Thomas Ford in by 1871, and then Charles Ford in 1874. Production of Crested China started around the beginning of the 20th Century, shortly before Harold Taylor Robinson gained control. He merged it with Robinson & Beresford in 1907, and it became a branch of J A Robinson & Sons Limited in 1910, and production was moved to the Arcadian works. The Swan mark appears to have disappeared after 1925 but before this identical pieces were produced but bearing either the Swan or Arcadian marks.
Willow – trademark used by Hewitt & Leadbetter, Willow Potteries. A partnership formed in 1905 between Edwin Leadbetter (the son of a partner in Robinson and Leadbetter – famed for their production of busts ie. 3D sculptures of the heads of famous people) and his brother-in-law, Arthur Hewitt. Edwin left in 1919 and Arthur's brother joined and the firm became Hewitt Bros. By 1925 Harold Taylor Robinson had bought control and created a new company, Willow Potteries Ltd. This soon became part of his Cauldon group. Willow designs were produced at the Arcadian works, and by 1930 the Willow name was dropped.
Arkinstall & Son (Arms Ware)
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'
for catalogue -
typical Arcadian crested ware
by Arkinstall and Son
|Crested china collecting
became a craze in Victorian and Edwardian times when day trippers bought
small porcelain ornaments decorated with the coat of arms of the
locality to take home as a souvenir.
initials used on
ware for identification:
A & S
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email: Steve Birks