Moore Bros


Location and period of operation:

Moore Bros





Manufacturers of china tableware and high quality ornamental pieces at St. Mary's Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • The partners were Bernard Moore and his younger brother Samuel Vincent Moore. 

  • By 1881 they were employing 150 people at their pottery works. 

  • The business ended in 1905 and the moulds and designs of Moore Bros. were sold. Some of the moulds were sold to R.H. & S.L. Plant. The Pottery Gazette, March 1906 notes that they "acquired most of the moulds belonging to Messrs. Moore Bros., late of St. Mary’s Works, High-street, Longton, and are now producing the beautiful art porcelain models for which that firm was celebrated." 

  • The St. Mary's works was purchased by Thomas C. Wild and were leter to become the home of Royal Albert China. 

  • Bernard Moore took premises at Wolfe Street, Stoke - he became a 'Consultant Potter' and manufactured pieces with spectacular glazes  and Samuel V. Moore appears to have left the potting business. 


Previously: Samuel Moore (& Son) (1859 - 1870/2)

Subsequently: Bernard Moore (at the Wolfe Street works) (1905-1915) 

on the Moore family of potters



Moore Brothers
manufacturers of Art Porcelain, China, &c
St. Mary's Works, Longton, Staffordshire

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


Moore Brothers
St. Mary's Works, Longton, Staffordshire
  Manufacturers of Art Porcelain, China, &c
Specialities in Raised Flower Goods and Artistic China

 The Pottery Gazette, 1st July 1880



Advertisement from 1889 Keates directory

Advertisement from 1889 Keates directory
courtesy: R. K. Henrywood, Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900 




Marks used on ware for identification:





Porcelain raised flower vase

the registration diamond shows that this pattern was first registered by Moore Bros. on the 18th March 1880 

photos courtesy: Betsi Mead



Made by Moore Bros. during the 1880's/90's it takes the form of a hollow flower head sitting in a pair of cornucopia like stems which have 3 hollow apertures for stems/buds, the whole being adorned to each side with an orchid.
printed marks of Moore Bros on base


Moore Bros flower vase with cherub

Moore Bros flower vase with cherub
impressed 'MOORE' on base


  Moore Bros grotesque monkey figure.
Moore Bros grotesque monkey figure.

An unusual bone china figure resembling a monkey or imaginary creature, with devil like features, walking down a tree stump hanging by its tail. Characteristic glass eyes. Covered all over in a vivid bright green glaze. Height approx. 6” (150mm).

This figure represents one of Bernard Moores earliest attempts at the production of quirky and grotesque animal figures and was probably produced around 1905 during the life of the Moore Brothers Pottery and prior to the experimental glazes and decoration techniques produced by Moore in his Wolfe Street Studio. 

This figure is known, decorated in the same colours, bearing the BM mark indicating decoration at some later date at the Wolfe Street premises.

Moore Bros England
Marked on the underside Moore Bros England, 
together with an impressed mark 'England' 



small Moore Bros plate dating from c.1902 -1915
small Moore Bros plate dating from c.1902 -1905
the subject appears to be a turtle picked out in gold
on a green glaze background


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