Dunn, Bennett & Co


Location and period of operation:

Dunn, Bennett & Co


1876 (78?)



Manufacturer of earthenware and ironstone at a number of sites, originally in Hanley and then (from 1886) in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Established in 1876 by William Dunn and his son-in-law William Wood-Bennett.

  • Dunn Bennett manufactured earthenware and Ironstone for both the home and American markets.

  • c.1908 Incorporated as a limited company.

  • 1914 directory listing for Dunn Bennett - "Manufacturers of hotel china. Specialities: patent unchippable surface plates and dishes chiefly adapted for use in hotels, cafés, hydros, clubs and on board ship; tea and coffee pots, vegetable dishes, meat dishes and factors of glass tumblers, decanters, wine glasses etc. Employees 500." 

  • Dunn, Bennett & Co remained open during the Second World War under the Wartime Concentration Scheme - they were permitted to produce undecorated domestic ware. They also produced canteen ware for the British armed forces

  • Became part of the Royal Doulton Group in 1968 joining Doulton Fine China Ltd (both producing hotel and catering ware).

  • In 1992 Royal Doulton Tableware sold its vitrified hotel ware businesses (Dunn-Bennett and Steelite) to a management buy out.

  • The last occupied works (Dalehall Works) of Dunn Bennett became the site of the new Steellite hotel ware manufacturing and warehousing site. 




Works occupied by Dunn Bennett:- 


Boothen Works, Brook Street, Hanley:  1878-87

The Hill Works, Burslem:  1886 -

Royal Victoria Works, Liverpool Road, Burslem:  1887 - 

The Dalehall Works, Burslem:  c.1937-1998




Dunn, Bennett & Co.
Boothen Works, Brook Street, Hanley

 The Pottery Gazette, American and Canadian Edition, January 1st 1880



Initials used on ware for identification:

D. B. & CO.


D. B. & CO. LTD
[LTD from 1907 onward]

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The Hill Works - occupied by Dunn Bennett from 1886

The Dalehall Works - occupied by Dunn Bennett from 1937

Dunn Bennett ware

 Dunn Bennett marks & dates


The Dalehall Works of Dunn Bennett & Co
The Dalehall Works of Dunn Bennett & Co



D. B. & Co 

c. 1886-91

early marks at the Hill Works incorporated a Bee Hive
(often used to indicate industry)

Dunn, Bennett & Co - wash bowl & jug in the ARGOSY pattern  

photos courtesy: Alan Williams



Ironstone catering ware supplied for the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, Burma

Wikipedia article


photo courtesy: Bob Hudson (jug found in junk shop in Mandalay)



canteen plate produced for the 
Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Limited


the 7:46 is the month/year of manufacturer
i.e. July 1946

photos courtesy: Anne Ratcliffe



Ships canteen ware supplied by Dunn Bennett 
for use on the British Tanker Company ships

Made by
Dunn Bennett & Co Ltd
McSymon & Potter

This plate was found during a dive in Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall, England.

McSymon & Potter were Ship Chandlers of Glasgow.

The initials B.T.C. are those of the British Tanker Company (the forerunner of BP) which was formed in 1915. The logo with the lion passant was used from 1927 to 1954. 



photo courtesy:  Kym Parry



Mumbles Railway & Pier Company

badged dinnerware produce to celebrate the formation of the Company in 1889  

Dunn Bennett's Patent
Unchippable Surface

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, located in South Wales, UK, was the venue for the world's first passenger horsecar railway service (1807)

In 1889, a new company, the Mumbles Railway & Pier Company, was incorporated to extend the railway beyond Oystermouth to a new pier close to Mumbles Head. 
The first section, to Southend, was opened in 1893 and the remainder, including the pier, in 1898.

Wikipedia article - Swansea and Mumbles Railway

photos courtesy: Graham Fox





Canteen ware produced for the British Government 

canteen ware - tureen  
with the Royal Cypher  GR VI 
George VI the King of the United Kingdom

Dunn Bennett & Co Ltd

photos courtesy: Nick Coviello


also see example made by Ashworth & Bros

The tureen shown was produced for and supplied to the British Government; it was ultimately property of the Crown/Government, hence the GR-VI cypher.

Dunn Bennett (and others) were given government contracts throughout the late 1930s and into the 1940s (WWII) and produced canteen ware - most likely for the armed services.

The ‘W’ within the diamond most likely relates to the products being commissioned and produced for the Office of Works (until 1939) and the Minister of Works (post 1940). This mark is there to distinguish the piece from being normal ‘utilitarian’ ware for public sale or belonging to anyone organisation. 



Questions, comments, contributions? email:  Steve Birks