Location and period of operation:
Earthenware and porcelain manufacturer at the Dale Hall Works, Longport, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
In 1878 James Gildea joint the partnership of Bates and Walker, in 1881 Bates left the partnership and
Gildea & Walker continued together, in 1885 Gildea continued the business alone.
c. 1887 the business was carried on as Keeling & Co.
Previously: Gildea & Walker [1881-85]
Subsequently: Keeling & Co [1887-1936]
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information on the
Dale Hall Works
plate by James Gildea in the Marguerite pattern
Platter in the Leaf pattern
this platter bears an impressed manufacturing date Februaruy 1887
covered dish by James Gildea in the Hannover pattern
Initials & Marks used on ware for identification:
|If you have a piece of
pottery with the date "1790" printed on the bottom, then one
thing you can be sure of - it was not made in 1790. If it has the
initials JG (for James Gildea) then the date of manufacture was
It was not unusual for potters to try to establish an early date, to try to give their ware some sense of history and value.
The occupiers of the Dale Hall pottery works used the date "1790" - which was the date the works were first built by Joseph Stubbs.
The wording "LATE MAYERS" refers to Thomas, John & Joshua Mayer who operated from 1843.
impressed mark on a platter also bearing the LEAF printed mark
IVORY is the name of the type of
body for the ware
2/87 is a date mark - it sugnifies that the ware was made in February 1887
The cross mark would have been a
Bates & Elliot
first introduced this kneeling nude potter
mark and it was used by successive owners at the Dale Hall potworks.
LEAF is the pattern name
on this mark
Hannover is the pattern name
Marguerite is the pattern name
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