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Ridgway Ltd

This firm was established in 1879 at the Bedford Works, Staffordshire Potteries, Hanley,following on from other branches of the famous RIDGWAY firm on the same site.

Coloured Willow

The items shown below are handpainted versions of the traditional WILLOW pattern, featuring dark blue, green, red and gold colouring on an orange transfer, a pattern sometimes known as Gaudy Willow.

Many of Ridgways patterns were used in the C20th by firms such as Booths and Woods, but this design stems right back to an 1832 engraving, as indicated by the backstamp (right), placing it in a direct line with the first use of the WILLOW pattern by English potteries in the early 1800s.

The backstamp reads:

"Semi China ENGRAVED 1832 for W. RIDGWAY & Co"

With the bow and arrow motif enclosing: "RIDGWAYS ENGLAND".

Serving bowl
9.5 ins, 2.5 ins high

Impressed 1924


Note the distinctive green rim on this version of the Coloured Willow pattern.

The bowl is shown right in front of a
John Maddock & Sons ROYAL WILLOW
9-inch plate


Dessert plate
8.25 ins


Impressed 1929


Large jug
3.75 ins (top rim),
5 ins high (top of handle),
7 ins (spout-handle)


Medium jug
3.25 ins (top rim),
4.25 ins high (top of handle),
6 ins (spout-handle)


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