Interesting Antique 19th Century William Smith & Co 'Tea Drinker' Pattern Blue and White Transferware Tea Bowl And Saucer C 1840 - image 1 of 10

This is a fabulous tea bowl and saucer with a fascinating history!

This decorative blue and white transfer printed tea bowl and saucer was produced in England circa 1840. The tea bowl and saucer was manufactured by William Smith & Co of the Stafford Pottery located in Stockton on Tees, Yorkshire, England. William Smith used spurious Wedgwood manufacturing marks on his wares in order to imitate the more expensive Wedgwood pieces. Even the use of the name ‘Stafford Pottery’ was likely included to cause confusion as the pottery was not located in Staffordshire but actually in Yorkshire. Wedgwood eventually took legal action and William Smith & Co changed their practices.

Despite the imitation Wedgwood marks the piece has been produced to an excellent quality with a good well balanced body and a beautifully crisp transfer printed design. William Smith & Co wares were popular at home and abroad and we can see why! They were produced to an excellent quality and Smith was a talented ceramicist.

The pattern is known as ‘Pattern No. 3, Tea Drinker’ and features a young couple drinking tea outdoors in a country house garden, notice the little dog next to them. We love the decorative floral border.

The factory and associated workers cottages no longer stands but interestingly the streets around it have names associated with the factory such as Stafford Close, Pottery Wharf and Pottery Street, Stockton on Tees.

This is a wonderful item with a story to tell. Perfect for anyone who has a passion for early ceramics, in particularly the history of Wedgwood and the booming ceramics industry in the 19th century. When studying an old map of the area it is remarkable to see the amount of industrial activity in the area back in this 1840 period.

Recommended online reading: Stafford Pottery - Tees Valley Museums

Measuring: Tea bowl diameter 3.25 (8.5 cm) by height 2 inch (5 cm). Saucer diameter 5 1/8 inch (13 cm).

Condition: Shallow graze to foot rim, fleabite to saucer rim.

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Interesting Antique 19th Century William Smith & Co 'Tea Drinker' Pattern Blue and White Transferware Tea Bowl And Saucer C 1840


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