Dean & Stokes


Location and period of operation:

Dean & Stokes





Short lived earthenware manufacturer at Mill Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Also recorded in trade directories as working the Sylvester Pottery, Nile Street, Burslem.

  • The partners were Herbert Bowers Dean and Benjamin Hodgetts Stokes.

  • The partnership was dissolved on 5th June 1868 and the business continued by Benjamin H Stokes. 



The London Gazette 9 June 1868

notice of the dissolution of the partnership of 
Herbert Bowers Dean and Benjamin Hodgetts Stokes



Daily Alta California Newspaper
San Francisco

Sale on July 31 1867
26 crates of Messrs. Dean 
& Stoke's Earthenware  

entry for Dean & Stokes in the Staffordshire Potteries Directory for 1868 



hand painted spatterware plate 245mm dia 



Marks used on ware for identification:

D & S

Dean & Stokes



impressed mark  

D & S

printed mark from a flow-blue earthenware jug. Note that the initials could also relate to Deakin & Son or Dimmock & Smith, but the use of flow blue suggests Dean & Stokes

photo courtesy: Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900, R.K. Henrywood



D & S

pottery fragment found on the Moorunde Wildlife reserve - a Wombat sanctuary in South Australia - on the side of a hill on a site where early settlers may have camped in the C19th

photos courtesy: Mike Brindley (volunteer ranger)



1879 OS map showing Dean & Stokes works
on Mill Street, Burslem


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