A. G. Harley Jones






 

Location and period of operation:

A. G. Harley Jones

Fenton

1907

1934

 

Manufacturer of earthenware and china at the Royal Vienna Art Pottery (c.1920 renamed to Wilton Pottery) in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Arthur George Harley Jones was the son of William Hiram-Jones (18441906) and his will of 1896 describes him as an earthenware manufacturer of Stoke-on-Trent. 

  • A G Harley Jones had a brother - Thomas William Lear Jones - who was also a pottery manufacturer.

  • A G Harley Jones set up business in 1907 (1905?) at the recently built Royal Vienna Art Pottery, Duke Street, Fenton. He was described as a 'manufacturer of artistic fancy goods, Royal Vienna art pottery, and samian pottery',

  • It is said that his brother 'Thomas William lost all his money during the coal miners strike of 1912 because he would not stock up on coal. Arthur kept going because he stocked up with coal before the strike. Arthur begged Thomas to get coal in but he did not believe a strike would happen. When it did, Thomas lost all his pottery in unfired form in his pot-bank. This was his downfall and he fell on hard times thereafter.' (source: Ian Dufour - Grandson of Arthur George)

  • In the early 1920s the pottery works were renamed to 'Wilton Pottery' 

  • In 1934 the business found itself in financial difficulty, it was declared bankrupt and wound up.

 

 



Jones, A G. Harley, manufacturer of artistic fancy goods, 
Royal Vienna Pottery, and samian pottery

 


Jones, Arthur G. H., earthenware manufacturer
Royal Vienna Pottery

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


 


A G Harley Jones
Manufacturer of Artistic Fancy Goods
Royal Vienna Art Pottery, Fenton, Staffs., England

1907 advert 

 



Harley Ware
reproductions of the renowned
Kang-Hsi Powdered Blue

 Pottery Gazette - February 1913 

 



London Gazette
17 April 1934

 
Winding up order for
Jones, Arthur George Harley

 


 

example of A. G. Harley Jones 'Willow' pattern  
example of A. G. Harley Jones 'Willow' pattern
c.1923-34

 


 

Harley Jones vase with the 1907+ mark 
Harley Jones vase

 


 


bowl in the reproduction Kang Hsi style 

 


 

    
two vases in the BEECH ware style 

BEECH 
WILTON
ENGLAND

 


 

     
vase in the samian ware style 

SAMIAN 
WILTON
ENGLAND

photos courtesy: Marlene Croukamp

  


 


Harley Jones garniture set
Note: not the original clock mechanism 

 


the garniture set has the early Harley Jones mark and the 
later (1923+) Wilton Ware mark

 

photos courtesy: Dennis Drew


 

Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

H J

A G H J


 

 
H J 
England

c.1907+

the pattern name is sometimes included

 


 


HJ 
England

c.1913+


Fentonia Ware
HJ 
England

c.1920+


Paramount
HJ 
England

c.1921+

 


 


A G H J
Stoke on Trent
Wilton Ware

A G H J
Stoke on Trent
Wilton Ware

A G H J
Stoke on Trent
Wilton Lily

[Registered number 735940 dates to 1928]

c.1923-34

there are a number of variations of this circle mark

 


Royal Vienna Art Pottery

 


1924 OS map showing the location of the Wilton Pottery (previously the Royal Vienna Art Pottery)

note the number of other pottery and brick works in the close vicinity

 


 


Google maps - 2018 

In red is the former Wilton Pottery and in blue is the nearby former Doric Pottery 


 


Google Street View - 2018 

the original frontage of the Wilton Pottery (previously the Royal Vienna Art Pottery)


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