Dudson — Ridgway
Tea Wares

There was clearly co-operation between the two factories and it is difficult to establish exactly how far that went. Both factories appear to have manufactured tea wares of similar shapes. Dudson probably supplied the Bedford Works with moulds, glazes and ideas. Ridgway supplied the manufacturing capacity that Dudson did not have. Presumably there was a sharing of profits.

 

James Dudson
J. T. Dudson
Dudson Brothers

'Mosaic' blue

E. J. Ridgway
E. J. Ridgway & Sons
Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway
Ridgways

Pattern 2/5457

Pattern 3/5014

Pattern 4/4215

Pattern 4/6623

Pattern E/3

 

Manufactured by Dudsons

 

'Mosaic' blue

The 'Pine' shape teapot is 181mm spout to handle and 99mm tall. Blue stone ware with black and white bead & line.

Mosaic blue Pine teapot left side

Mosaic blue Pine teapot left side detail

Mosaic blue Pine teapot spout side

Mosaic blue Pine teapot right side

Mosaic blue Pine teapot handle side

Mosaic blue Pine teapot top

Mosaic blue Pine teapot lid underside

Mosaic blue Pine teapot body top

Mosaic blue Pine teapot base

Mosaic blue Pine teapot impressed mark

The impressed mark is probably a size marking.

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2021

 

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Manufactured by Ridgways

 

Pattern 2/5457

This would appear to be an early attempt to produce Ebony Ware before the agreement with Dudson was in place.

The creamer is 89mm tall and 76mm lip to handle. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/5457 jug left side

Pattern 2/5457 jug right side

Pattern 2/5457 jug base

Pattern 2/5457 jug marks

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 3/5014

This pattern attempts to emulate the Dudson 'Mosaic' ware simply with applied enamels, probably before the agreement with Dudson was in place.

The low-bellied creamer is 78mm tall and 85mm lip to handle. Red ware, full glaze inside.

Pattern 3/5014 jug left side

Pattern 3/5014 jug right side

Pattern 3/5014 jug top

Pattern 3/5014 jug base

Pattern 3/5014 jug marks

The impressed marks are puzzling, especially the two marks at top right.

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 4/4215

The 'Cambridge' shape teapot is 150mm tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 4/4215 Cambridge teapot left side

Pattern 4/4215 Cambridge teapot base

Pattern 4/4215 Cambridge teapot pattern number

Pattern 4/4215 Cambridge teapot impressed marks

The significance of the impressed marks is uncertain save that the "1" may be a size marker.

Photos © Gay Jungemann ~ Ruby Lane 2021

 

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Pattern 4/6623

This creamer appears to be the same shape as 3/5014 above, so this may well be a Ridgway shape rather than a Dudson shape. I have yet to find a Dudson made piece in this shape.

The low-bellied creamer is 90mm tall and 50mm in diameter. Ebony ware with a white earthenware slip lining.

Pattern 4/6623 creamer left side

Pattern 4/6623 creamer lip side

Pattern 4/6623 creamer right side detail

Pattern 4/6623 creamer right side detail 2

Pattern 4/6623 creamer right side detail 3

Pattern 4/6623 creamer handle side

Pattern 4/6623 creamer top

Pattern 4/6623 creamer top detail

Note how the inner slip liner has chipped without affecting the outer terracotta core.

Pattern 4/6623 creamer base

Pattern 4/6623 creamer pattern number

The mark that looks like a "5" is a decorator's tally mark.

Photos © Jessica Trudeau-Bell 2021

 

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Pattern E/3

For a jug of the same pattern click here.

For a vase of the same pattern click here.

The teapot. Ebony ware.

Pattern E/3 teapot left side

Pattern E/3 teapot left side detail

Pattern E/3 teapot spout side

Pattern E/3 teapot right side

Pattern E/3 teapot lid detail

Pattern E/3 teapot base

Pattern E/3 teapot pattern number

Photos © Moorabool Antiques, Australia 2021

 

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