Church Works and Bedford Works

I created this page as a temporary space in which to illustrate any late Church Works or Bedford Works pieces I might come across, mostly from email and online contacts, that did not fit into any of the established pages 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" blue gilt

Pattern 7536

Pattern 2/2281 "Eugénie" table

Pattern 2/2680

Pattern 2/3827

Pattern 2/7684

Pattern 4/7106

Pattern i/287 "Phlox"

 

"Oriental" blue gilt

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. The plate and jug shapes below are certainly not ones the Bell Works would have issued.

The dessert size soup plate, or soup twiffler is 225mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Oriental soup twiffler front

The print is nowhere near as sharp as the original Bell Works issues, presumably due to wear of the copper printing plate.

Oriental soup twiffler back

Oriental soup twiffler marks

The backstamp appears to have been completely recut and differs in several minor ways from the original.
The impressed "12 / 07" is a date code for December 1907.

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2020

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

 

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Pattern 7536

This service has the same handles as 6477 and 2/2281, but it has a moulded edge so is clearly from a different shape set.

The dessert service. Earthenware.

Pattern 7536 dessert service

The tall dessert comport is 325mm handle to handle, 280mm wide, and 160mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 7536 tall dessert comport side

Pattern 7536 tall dessert comport base

Pattern 7536 tall dessert comport pattern number

The square dessert comport is 272mm handle to handle, 240mm wide, and 45mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 7536 square dessert comport top

Pattern 7536 square dessert comport handle detail

Pattern 7536 square dessert comport base

Pattern 7536 square dessert comport pattern number

The oval dessert comport is 293mm handle to handle, 232mm wide, and 52mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 7536 oval dessert comport top

Pattern 7536 oval dessert comport base

Pattern 7536 oval dessert comport pattern number

The round dessert comport is 260mm handle to handle, 223mm wide, and 70mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 7536 round dessert comport top

Pattern 7536 round dessert comport side

Pattern 7536 round dessert comport base

Pattern 7536 round dessert comport pattern number

The dessert plate is 225mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 7536 dessert plate front

Pattern 7536 dessert plate back

Pattern 7536 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Willa Latham ~ Gentle Rattle of China 2021

 

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Pattern 2/2281 "Eugénie" table

For dessert wares in the same pattern see Nine-lobed Dessert Shape page.

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 but appears to roughly coincide with the move to the Bedford Works.

The dessert plate 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 appears that the name 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

 

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Pattern 2/2680

These same prints were used later on jugs.

The punchbowl is 325mm in diameter and 150mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/2680 punchbowl

Pattern 2/2680 punchbowl top

Pattern 2/2680 punchbowl side

Pattern 2/2680 punchbowl base

Pattern 2/2680 punchbowl pattern number

Photos © Haya Sapira 2021

 

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Pattern 2/3827

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

 

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Pattern 2/7684

The jug is 250mm tall, 182mm lip to handle, and 135mm base diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 2/7684 jug left side

Pattern 2/7684 jug right side

Pattern 2/7684 jug base

Pattern 2/7684 jug pattern number

Pattern 2/7684 jug impressed marks

The "12" is probably a size indicator. The rest is uncertain, but this is not a case where "BB" means Minton!

Pattern 2/7684 jug tally mark

This appears to be a painter's tally mark.

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 4/7106

The three jugs are 216mm, 190mm, and 165mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 4/7106 3 jugs left side

Pattern 4/7106 3 jugs lip side

Pattern 4/7106 3 jugs right side

Pattern 4/7106 3 jugs base

The largest jug. Earthenware.

Pattern 4/7106 large jug left side

Pattern 4/7106 large jug lip side

Pattern 4/7106 large jug right side

Pattern 4/7106 large jug base

Pattern 4/7106 large jug pattern number

The smallest jug. Earthenare.

Pattern 4/7106 small jug left side

Pattern 4/7106 small jug lip side

Pattern 4/7106 small jug right side

Pattern 4/7106 small jug base

Pattern 4/7106 small jug pattern number

Photos © Haya Sapira 2021

 

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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

 

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Notes.

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

 

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