Powell & Bishop


Location and period of operation:

Powell & Bishop





China and Earthenware manufacturer at the Stafford Street Works and the Church Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Founded in 1851 as Livesley, Powell & Co. In 1860 Mr. Livesley left the business which was renamed Powell & Bishop in 1867. 

  • Mr. Frederic Bishop and Mr. James Watson Bishop were the partners. 

  • John Stonier joined the partnership in 1878 which became Powell, Bishop & Stonier


Formerly: Livesley Powell & Co [1851-1866]

Subsequently: Powell, Bishop & Stonier [1878-1891]





Plate by Powell & Bishop in the ELSIE pattern




P & B

Pompeii is the pattern name
the registration diamond shows that the
pattern was first registered on the 10th April 1875


photos courtesy: Albert Peloso




examples of Powell & Bishop Ironstone ware:

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Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

P & B

P & B



This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 and often appeared with the initials P&B below it - the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships.

Caduceus: A winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes (Greek God) it is a symbol of commerce.

- see Wikipedia article on the Caduceus


trade marks of Bishop & Stonier
- the style of the marks were continued by subsequent partnerships -

  ELSIE is the name of the pattern

Ironstone China
Powell & Bishop

Ironstone China
Powell & Bishop


Typical printed marks used by Powell & Bishop [1867-1878] the mark with the addition of "ENGLAND" is unusual as it uses the country of origin before it became mandatory for export to the US in 1891



Ironstone China
Powell & Bishop

mark incorporating the Royal Arms
on Royal Arms




AUTUMN is the pattern name
the registration diamond shows that the
pattern was first registered on the 17th March 1874



photo courtesy: Elizabeth Hurrell


- click for information on the Stafford Street Works

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