Empire Porcelain Co






 

Location and period of operation:

Empire Porcelain Co

Hanley

1896 

1967

 

Manufacturer of earthenware and porcelain at the Empire Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

  • The Empire Porcelain Company was in business by 1895 - probably the works were under construction. 

  • The original partners were made up of members of the Austrian families of Rosenfeld and Lazarus who ran other ceramic factories in Europe. 

  • The Empire Porcelain Company operated from two factories, either side of Elgin Road - one of which may originally have belonged to Grimwades

  • In 1951 the business was aquired by the Kaufman Group, which in turn was aquired by the Qualcast Group in 1958. 

  • The Empire Porcelain Company was incorpored as a Limited Company in 1963.

  • Because the works were difficult to modernise the business closed in 1967. 

  • Empire Ware marked 'Made in Portugal' is a modern reproduction - see more

 

 

Empire Works
"The Empire Porcelain Company was established in about 1896 at the Empire Works in Stoke Road. A wide range of pottery and porcelain was subsequently produced. The various marks include the initials EPC, EP or the word Empire."

From: Jewitt's Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900

 


The London Gazette, January 4 1895 

Notice that Sander Lazarus retired from the partnership between
Sander Lazarus, Abraham Rosenfeld, Benedict Rosenfeld,
Isaac Rosenfeld, Sidney Rosenfeld and Isaac Lazarus

They were manufacturers and merchants 
in London and Steinschönan and Kittlitz, Austria as 'Lazarus and Rosenfeld'
in New York as Lazarus Rosenfeld and Lehmann
in Altrohlau, Austria as Victoria Porzellanfabrik (Victoria Porcelain Factory)
in Staffordshire as the Empire Porcelain Company
 


 


Empire Porcelain Company,
semi-porcelain manufacturers 
and fancy goods manufacturers

 

from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'


 


1947 advert 

1960 advert 

The Pottery Gazette Reference Book 

 


 

EMPIRE ENGLAND PORCELAIN 3 SCENE DISH 
The dish is covered in gold flowers and leaves and in the center 
of each of the 3 sections is a different mythological scene.


 

   
Typical early cobalt blue and gilt vases/urns

c.1896 - 1920's 

 


 


hand painted novelty teapot with the British Empire highlighted in red
the handle appears to be a an airman with a sidecap

Empire Ware
England

the registration number 838526 shows that the design was registered towards the end of 1940. 

The '41' in the mark shows that the teapot was made in 1941

photos courtesy: Kamm Teapot Foundation

 


 


the date mark on this side plate is November 1954 

 


 


hand painted sauce boat in the Grosvenor pattern

photo courtesy:  Cherrie Hughes  

 


 

 


A "Checkmate" coffee set by 
Empire Porcelain Company, Staffordshire, England.

Designed by John Russell  


 

Initials and marks used on ware for identification:


EPC
EMPIRE WORKS
STOKE-ON-TRENT

"Ltd" may be included in the name after mid 1963.

Month and Year of manufacture were sometimes included
for example "3  43" is March 1943


EMPIRE

EMPIRE PORCELAIN Co

EPC


EMPIRE WORKS

SHELTON IVORY

EMPIRE WARE

IVORY WARE


 

 
EMPIRE WORKS
EPCo
Stoke-on-Trent
England

1896-1912


 


EMPIRE 
Stoke-on-Trent
England

c.1912+


EPCo
EMPIRE WORKS
Stoke-on-Trent
England

1912-28


 


Empire Ware
EPCo
Stoke-on-Trent
England


Empire Ware
EPCo
Empire Works
Stoke-on-Trent
England

Empire Works
Stoke-on-Trent
England

 


Empire Ware
Stoke-on-Trent
England

 

marks with the stylized crown, from the 1925-39 period 

Month and Year of manufacture were often included
for example "12  25" is December 1925

 


 


Shelton Ivory 

Empire 
Shelton Ivory 
England

Month and Year of actual manufacture  included in this mark
 "7  36" is July 1936


Empire 
England

Empire Ware
Stoke-on-Trent
England


Empire 
Shelton Ivory 
England


Empire 
Ivory Ware 
England

 "1  64" is date of manufacture - Jan 1964

typical marks introduced in the 1930s 
many were continued into the 60s

 


 


Empire Ware
Stoke-on-Trent
England

Empire 
England

Empire 
England
Shelton Ivory 

Empire Ware
England

typical marks from the 1940/50s 

 


 


Empire 
England

two marks on the one piece of ware 
4 56 for the date of manufacture - April 1956

 


 

       
Empire 
England

3 48 for the date of manufacture March 1948

the 'B' indicates that this was produced
unter the Wartime Concentration Scheme

 


 


Empire Porcelain Co.
Staffordshire
England 



ep
Staffs: England 

2:64 for the date of 
manufacture - Feb 1964



ep Empire Porcelain Company
Staffordshire
England 





marks 'Made in Portugal' are modern reproductions

- click for more -


 

- click for information on the Empire Works -

 


Questions, comments, contributions? email: Steve Birks