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'Gold Bird' print

 

Hicks & Meigh

Pattern 1

G. L. Ashworth & Bros. Ltd.

'Mason's No. 1'

 

Pattern 1

There has been some argument about the number of this pattern. The vast majority of pieces I have seen have no number at all. The pattern is, however, listed elsewhere on the web as number 6, and certainly the one piece that I have with a number on it, has a "6" written in green. The discovery of a plate of the real Pattern 6 does, however, mean that the handwritten "6" must be a tally mark. The print is called 'Gold Bird' in the factory pattern and pattern description books, but, by the time they were compiled, the print had moved on to different shapes, so they are of no help in confirming the number. In the factory engraving department, which I visited just before the factory closed, the print was referred to as 'Mason's No. 1'. I therefore took '1' to be the pattern number. Certainly the backstamp is identical to that on Patterns 2 and 3, without the number, so that seems probable.

Davenport also made a version of this print.

The dinner plate is 247mm in diameter. Blue Stone body.

Pattern 1 dinner plate front

Pattern 1 dinner plate back

Pattern 1 dinner plate backstamp and pattern number?

The soup plate is 250mm in diameter. Blue Stone body.

Pattern 1 soup plate front

Pattern 1 soup plate back

Pattern 1 soup plate backstamp

The dessert plate or twiffler is 212mm in diameter. Blue Stone body.

Pattern 1 dessert plate front

Pattern 1 dessert plate back

Pattern 1 dessert plate backstamp

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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'Mason's No. 1'

The original Hicks & Meigh Pattern 1 with the 'Gold Bird' print seems to have been reintroduced early in the Goddard period, if not before, and thenceforward referred to as 'Mason's No. 1' even though it had nothing to do with the original Mason's firm. It was published as such in Goddard sales catalogues, and was still referred to by that name in the factory engraving department when I visited it shortly before the factory closed. Note the "1" in the pattern number position immediately below the backstamp.

The punchbowl is 280mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Mason's No. 1 punchbowl top

Mason's No. 1 punchbowl side 1

Mason's No. 1 punchbowl side 2

Mason's No. 1 punchbowl side 3

Mason's No. 1 punchbowl base

Mason's No. 1 punchbowl marks

Photos © Calin Crumov 2019

 

The sauce tureen is 8 inches wide across the handles, and 7 inches tall. Stoneware body.

Mason's No. 1 tureen side

Mason's No. 1 tureen handle

Mason's No. 1 tureen base

Mason's No. 1 tureen marks

Note the painted "1" in the pattern number position under the backstamp.

Photos © Yvonne Penny 2020

Ashworth's appear to have recreated the 'No. 2' shape particularly for the 'Mason's No. 1' pattern, which is itself a reissue of Hicks & Meigh Pattern 1. The mark on this soup plate does not have the word "PATENT" as on the punchbowl above and that probably means it is later in date than the bowl or tureen. The absence of the word "ENGLAND" should indicate a date of manufacture before 1891, but I am not sure how efficient the company was at using that mark.

The soup plate is 241mm in diameter. Stoneware body.

Mason's No. 1 soup plate front

Mason's No. 1 soup plate side

Mason's No. 1 soup plate back

Mason's No. 1 soup plate marks

Note the painted "1" in the pattern number position under the backstamp.

Photos © Kenneth H. Carleton 2020

 

G. L. Ashworth & Bros. Ltd. was owned from 1920 to 1932 by Cauldon Potteries Ltd. and this 'Richelieu' shape cup and saucer must have been made during that period. The typical Cauldon Potteries backstamp is carefully positioned to make the words "IRONSTONE CHINA" on the Mason's backstamp unreadable. Note the painted pattern number "1" in the usual Cauldon Place position for pattern numbers - against the footrim.

The breakfast cup and saucer. The saucer is 165mm in diameter. The cup is 98mm in diameter, and 79mm tall. Bone china.

Mason's No. 1 breakfast cup and saucer

Mason's No. 1 breakfast cup and saucer bases

Mason's No. 1 breakfast saucer marks

Photos © Robert Hawker 2019

 

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