Church Works and Bedford Works

I created this page to illustrate any late Church Works or Bedford Works pieces I might come across, mostly from email and online enquirers, in the hope that, eventually, some order may come out of chaos.

 

E. J. Ridgway & Abington
Edward John Ridgway
E. J. Ridgway & Sons
Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway
Ridgways
Ridgways (Bedford Works) Ltd.

"Oriental"

"Deak"

Pattern 6477

Pattern 2/2281 "Eugénie"

Pattern 2/3827

Pattern 2/5457

Pattern 2/7729 "Nonpareil"

Pattern i/8 "Yeddo"

Pattern i/287 "Phlox"

 

"Oriental"

William Ridgway's second bankruptcy occurred in 1854 and, as a result, the contents of the Bell Works were sold by auction in 1855. William's son Edward John Ridgway appears to have bought the printing plates used at that works. Subsequently some of the patterns were reissued, but in the case of the "Oriental" pattern the backstamps were not modified until it was necessary to add "ENGLAND" in 1891, at which point "RIDGWAYS" was also added. Several of the shapes were changed in the reissues. This shape jug is certainly not one the Bell Works would have issued.

The jug is 7 inches tall and 7.625 inches lip to handle. Earthenware.

Oriental jug top

Oriental jug left side

Oriental jug lip side

Oriental jug right side

Oriental jug handle side

Oriental jug backstamp

Photos © Tara Burkholder Saunders 2020

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

"Deak"

The oval meat dish is 448mm in length and 358mm in width. Earthenware.

Deak meat dish front

Deak meat dish back

Deak meat dish backstamp

Sometimes potters choose some obscure names to give to new patterns. The only Deak I have been able to trace is one Ferenc Deák, who was a prominent Hungarian politician in the 1870s.

Photos © Paul McCarthy 2019

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Pattern 6477

The square dessert comport is 273mm handle to handle, and 70mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 6477 dessert comport top

Pattern 6477 dessert comport side

Pattern 6477 dessert comport base

Pattern 6477 dessert comport marks

This impressed mark appears on late Ridgway & Abington dessert wares.

The dessert plate is 238mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 6477 dessert plate front

Pattern 6477 dessert plate back

Pattern 6477 dessert plate marks

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2020

 

Top of Page

Return to Church Works patterns

 

Pattern 2/2281 "Eugénie"

This print is so much like prints previously known by the Church Works it must belong to the factory. It is known that the factory used a 2/xxxx series of patterns when the four figure series came to an end. The exact dating is a little uncertain.

The comport is clearly from the same shape set as the Pattern 6477 pieces above, but the plate isn't. We probably have here a comport from a dessert service and a plate from a table service. It was common for the factory to use the same pattern number for both services when the same print and decoration were used.

The round dessert comport is 254mm wide and 76mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/2281 comport top

Pattern 2/2281 comport side

Pattern 2/2281 comport base

Pattern 2/2281 comport marks

The two crosses, impressed and painted, are probably tally marks.

Photos © Valerie Munier Voinis 2019

The dessert plate, probably from a table service, is 210mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/2281 dessert plate front

The shape appears to be a rounding out of the 'Clarendon' shape much as the later 'Bedford' shape was rounded out at the Broad Street Works, perhaps to facilitate machine manufacture.

Pattern 2/2281 dessert plate front detail

Pattern 2/2281 dessert plate front

A classic example of the stapler's skill.

Pattern 2/2281 dessert plate marks

It looks as if the name print was printed using type, but an English set with no "É" so an apostrophe was used instead.
The name probably refers to the French Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III.

Photos © Sue Parkin 2018

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Pattern 2/3827

These same prints were used later on Dudson shapes.

The jug with hinged Britannia metal lid. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/3827 jug left side

Pattern 2/3827 jug right side

Pattern 2/3827 jug base

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Pattern 2/5457

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

The jug. 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

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Pattern 2/7729 "Nonpareil"

The soup plate is 264mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/7729 soup plate front

Pattern 2/7729 soup plate front detail 1

Pattern 2/7729 soup plate front detail 2

Pattern 2/7729 soup plate back

Pattern 2/7729 soup plate marks

Photos © Gay Jungemann ~ Ruby Lane 2020

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Pattern i/8 "Yeddo"

The soup plate is 235mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern i/8 soup plate front

Pattern i/8 soup plate front detail

Pattern i/8 soup plate back

Pattern i/8 soup plate pattern number

Pattern i/8 soup plate registration diamond

Photos © Tom Douglas ~ My Grandmothers Antiques 2020

The dessert plate is 210mm in diameter. Earthenware.
The plate is badly stained.

Pattern i/8 dessert plate front

Pattern i/8 dessert plate front detail

Pattern i/8 dessert plate back

Pattern i/8 dessert plate marks

The registration diamond is for 17 April 1878, Parcel 14 which is recorded as for Ridgway, Sparks, & Ridgway, Bedford Works, Hanley.
Godden records that the registration is for two printed designs in eastern style.1

Photos © Mark G. Wanco ~ Red Dog Vintage Etc 2020

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Pattern i/287 "Phlox"

Pattern i/287 large covered bowl

Pattern i/287 large covered bowl

Pattern i/287 large covered bowl handle detail

Pattern i/287 large covered bowl pattern number

This type of covered bowl is a known Ridgways shape and occurs in several patterns. It often has a stand.

Pattern i/287 small covered bowl

Pattern i/287 small covered bowl top minus lid

Pattern i/287 small covered bowl side

Pattern i/287 small covered bowl base

Pattern i/287 small covered bowl marks

The registration diamond is for 17 December 1879, Parcel 11 which is recorded as for Ridgways, Bedford Works, Hanley.

Pattern i/287 coffee cups and saucers

Pattern i/287 coffee cups and saucers base view

Pattern i/287 coffee saucer marks

The print name "PHLOX" only occurs on the saucers.

Pattern i/287 coffee cup pattern number

Photos from the collection of Marlene Ostler © 2020

 

Top of Page

Return to Bedford Works patterns

 

Notes.

1. G.A.Godden, Ridgway Porcelains (1985), p.219.

 

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional