The venerable firm of William Adams & Sons has been making earthenwares in Tunstall, Stoke, since 1769.
Please scroll down to view examples of the following patterns:
Chinese Traders - Chinese Mongolia - Landscape
A true BLUE & WHITE pattern which has the Reg No 623294 dating it to 1913+. The following inscription appears in a scroll on the base above William Adams' signature:
This pattern was introduced by William Adams in 1780
being a copy of a Chinese pattern & one of the first of its
style produced in English pottery.
3.5 ins across rim,
6 ins spout-handle,
4 ins high
Some CHINESE TRADERS items, like the following plates, feature a bird in some of the panels leading the pattern to be referred to frequently as CHINESE BIRD:
There exist also hand-coloured items on the same blue transfer, which generally command higher prices.
Not to be confused with Chinese Bird, mentioned above, this is another lovely BLUE & WHITE pattern with a pheasant perching on a branch, and flowers reminiscent of the Frederick Rhead designs for Wood & Sons, like YUAN, ORIENT or MAYFAIR.
The mark was used from 1896 but the Reg No 677960 dates it to 1920+.
Another beautiful BLUE & WHITE pattern, with a distinctive network of scales round the border, similar to the background of Chinese Traders. The mark dates it to c1914-40.
Dessert plates (pair)
Two small fleabites under the rim, one plate has minor crazing.
£21 ($35) pair
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