William Lowe






 Location and period of operation:

William Lowe

Longton

Feb 1875

1931

 

Earthenware, Egyptian Black and China manufacturer at the St. Gregory's Works and then at the Sydney Works (High Street & Sutherland Road), Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • Previously William Lowe was in partnership with John Tams at the St. Gregory's Works. The partnership ended in February 1875 and became William Lowe  and John Tams as two separate companies.

  • John Tams set up business at the Crown Pottery, Longton and William Lowe remained at the St. Gregory's Works.

  • In 1879 William Lowe built the Sydney Works to the rear in Sutherland Road for the china department.

  • William Lowe died in 1898 - the business continued under his name.

  • Around 1918 the business was taken over by Thomas C. Wild & Sons - the business continued under the William Lowe name.

Previously: Tams & Lowe


The London Gazette
16 February 1875

 
notice of the dissolution of the partnership
between John Tams & William Lowe
 

 


 

William Lowe
(late Tams and Lowe)
Sydney Works, High Street and Sutherland Road, Longton

 The Pottery Gazette,  April 1st 1880


 

 


Advertisement from 1875 Keates trade directory


Advertisement from 1882 Keates trade directory

courtesy of R.K.Henrywood - Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900

 




Pair of vases and plant pot by William Lowe
the mark is 'Royal Sydney Ware'  

 


 

typical William Lowe cup & saucer
typical William Lowe cup & saucer

 


 


William Lowe cup & saucer of the "EMBLEM" pattern


 


1837 to 1897
To commemorate the 60 years reign
of her majesty
Queen Victoria
June 20th 1897 


Made in England
W. L.
RdNr 290284
L  

the registration number gives
a date of 1896 for the pattern registration 

 


 


plate with the Willow pattern 


Staffordshire
Improved

W L

c. 1875 - 1912 

this is the same style of mark used by the predecessor Tams & Lowe

 

photos courtesty:  Megan Chilcott


 

Marks and initials used on ware for identification:

Most marks occur with W L L and a crown

the second "L" stands for LONGTON which is the name 
of the town where the factory was located



W LOWE
LONGTON


COURT CHINA
[crown mark]
W L
L

c.1912+


ROYAL SYDNEY WARE

c.1915+


 

 



printed or impressed mark
- this mark sometimes appears without the crown mark - 

1874-1912


 


PHEASANT
China and Earthenware Manufacturer
Sydney Works
WL
Longton

'PHEASANT'is the pattern name

pre-1912 

 


 

c.1912+

 

Court China
Court China
this mark is usually with the
initials W L L

"EMBLEM" is the pattern name

the registered number shown: 618630 dates from 1913


 


Court China
W.L.
L.
made in England
'KIANG' is the pattern name

c.1912+



Royal Sydney Ware
W.LOWE
L.

c.1915+

 



Court China
W L
L
made in England

c.1928-30

 



 

 NOTE:
This mark is not William Lowe 
it is not old or English or French



mark with script letters "WL"
and date 1895
surrounded by laurel leaves and crown above
it it the mark of modern ware by Wong Lee

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