Powell, Bishop & Stonier


Location and period of operation:

Powell, Bishop & Stonier





China and Earthenware manufacturer at the Stafford Street Works and the Church Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • Powell, Bishop and Stonier were successors of a number of companies firstly established in 1851. 

  • The partners Edwin Powell and Frederick Bishop died in 1890 and 1891 and a new partnership was formed between James Watson Bishop and John Stonier to form Bishop & Stonier.


Formerly: Powell & Bishop  

Subsequently: Bishop & Stonier  


Examples of Powell, Bishop & Stonier ware:


Jug in the 'Neptune' pattern 

P B & S
Oriental Ivory

Neptune is the pattern name

the registration number 83171 shows that 
the pattern was first registered in 1887



hand coloured water jug with an aesthetic style pattern 

aesthetic style patterns  

although not marked with a makers mark the registration diamond shows that the pattern was registered 'for toilet ware' to Powell, Bishop & Stonier on the 9th January 1883   

photos courtesy: John Pye 





Powell, Bishop & Stonier ware in aesthetic style patterns  




Marks used on ware for identification:

P B & S


[trade name]


This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships including Powell, Bishop & Stonier.

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



P B & S


P B & S

the registration number 7999 dates to 1884

P B & S

the registration diamond gives 
the date 6 December 1880

P B & S

the registration diamond gives 
the date 6 December 1880


P B & S

the registration number 27585 dates to 1885


Examples of printed marks with the initials "P B & S"
the registered number mark sometimes appears

are the pattern names


This trade mark of a seated 'oriental' man with a parasol 
was registered in 1880 and was often used with the initials B P & S

It was also used by the successors Bishop & Stonier after 1891


Example of the printed trade mark with
the P B & S initials.
Alongside is an impressed "Caduceus" mark

Marks with the trade name: 'Oriental Ivory' 


- click for information on the Stafford Street Works

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