Broad Street Works
Hicks bone china

It was never within my remit to cover Hicks & Meigh bone china wares. In my travels, however, and more by accident than design, I have obtained three of the pieces below, which appear to be of these wares. I offer them accordingly, with my reasons, and I am happy to receive counter-arguments and observations from those who know more of the subject than I.

The pattern numbers appear initially to fill gaps in the stoneware series (I have found no evidence of a Pattern 46 in stoneware), but then seem to go far beyond that series up to over 2000. When production stopped is uncertain, but, since Ridgway, Morley, Wear, & Co. seem to have reused some of the numbers (157, 170, and 1259 have been reused), one has to assume that production stopped before the takeover.

Margaret Ironside has pointed out that the early Hicks bone china body is very prone to staining. All of the first three pieces on this page are stained to a greater or lesser degree.

 

Hicks & Meigh Patterns

Pattern 46

Pattern 157

Pattern 170

Pattern 1259

 

Pattern 46

Margaret Ironside suggested that this pattern, which has mouldings similar to Clews earthenwares but less crisp, belongs to Hicks & Meigh in an article entitled 'Hicks, Meigh & Johnson Porcelains (1813-1835)', NCS Newsletter 100, pp. 29-32. The pattern number is in rose.

The dessert plate is 223mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 46 dessert plate front

Pattern 46 dessert plate back

Pattern 66 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 157

The plate rim copies the Hicks silver shape, but the foot rim is more like Pattern 46 above. The print and painting style have strong similarities both to Pattern 71 in stoneware, and to Pattern 170 below. The tally mark on Patterns 157 and 170 appears identical. The pattern number and tally mark are in iron-red.

The dessert plate is 238mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 157 dessert plate front

Pattern 157 dessert plate back

Pattern 157 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 170

This piece is of the Hicks 'Priory' shape, which is quite distinctive and unmistakable. The print and painting style have strong similarities both to Pattern 71 in stoneware, and to Pattern 157 above. The apparent cream on edge and handles is not the original colour, but is due to staining. The tally mark on Patterns 157 and 170 appears identical. The pattern number and tally mark are in rose.

The round dessert dish is 256mm long and 232mm wide. Bone china.

Pattern 170 round dessert dish front

Pattern 170 round dessert dish back

Pattern 170 round dessert dish pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 1259

This piece was posted on the 'British Pottery and Porcelain Discussion Group' Facebook page as of unknown origin. I spotted immediately the fact that it was on Hicks 'Priory' shape, and the owner kindly allowed me to post it here. The centre painting is of remarkable quality, and shows what the Broad Street Works was capable of at its best.

The dessert plate is 9.25 inches in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 1259 dessert plate front

Pattern 1259 dessert plate back

Pattern 1259 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Len Kling 2018

 

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