For those of you who have been interested in my posts about collecting antiques, will know that up until now I have concentrated on pottery. Earlier posts covered the Medieval period. Parts 1 and 2 and this one part 3 are for the post Medieval period.
THE STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERS. ENGLAND
The industrial area encompassing six towns comprising of Tunstall, Burslem,Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton make up the city of Stoke – on – Trent in Staffordshire England and became the centre of ceramic production in the early 17th century . Many companies such as, Spode, Doulton, Wedgwood, Minton Aynsley and others produced decorative or industrial items. In this post I will talk about the well known Minton Pottery Manufacturing Company.
Minton’s was an independent business from 1793 – 1968 and popular during Victorian times. As well as pottery vessels and sculptures Minton’s produced tiles and architectural ceramics. In 1765 -1836 Thomas Minton founded his pottery factory in Stoke- on – Trent Staffordshire England ” naming his company “Thomas Minton and Sons” producing earthenware. With regards to marks on pottery which I will come to later. This early earthenware produced by Minton was unmarked.
In 1769 Minton partnered with Joseph Poulsen making “Bone China” c 1798. NOTE – ( little tip for the collector) Minton’s early bone china was faintly greyish in tint and flawed with black specks. If you hold it up to the light you will see this. Minton’s early products were mostly domestic blue transfer – printed table wares or painted earthenware including the popular willow pattern . Early “PORCELAIN” is marked with pattern numbers. Minton’s also produced some beautiful “MAJOLICA” wares. Also Parian Ware
Below you will see some Idea of items produced by Minton Pottery Manufacturing Company, as well as marks on the pottery to look for ,which will help to date the particular item you may be lucky enough to purchase. Or you may have been lucky enough to inherit an item or items from family. Take a look in you Grandmothers loft.
Minton earthenware Vase c 1864
Minton Tile Aesop Fable c 1870. Tiles make a wonderful collection and usually not too expensive.
Antique very early Minton Dinner plate Indian Tree design.
Minton Plaque c 1876
Minton mid 19th century Parian Ware candlesticks.
Minton Porcelain Victorian Lady c 1849