Dudson — Ridgway
Rope Handled Jugs

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 jugs of this shape. 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

Pattern 467

Pattern 1182

Pattern 1422

Pattern 1623

Pattern 1688

'Mosaic' pink

'Muses & Divisions'

'Muses & Trees'

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

Pattern 3/9531

Pattern 3/9532

Pattern 3/9970 "Cenis"

Pattern 4/3905

Pattern 4/4268

Pattern 4/4304

Pattern 4/5443

Pattern 4/5900

Pattern 4/7206

Pattern E/2

Pattern E/3

Pattern E/42 'Persia'

Pattern E/83

Pattern R/49

Pattern i/3 "Yeddo"

Pattern i/93

Pattern i/267 "Yeddo"

Pattern i/530 "Maiden Hair Fern"

 

Manufactured by Dudsons

 

Pattern 467

The jug is 165mm tall. Brown earthenware, partly turned body with white ivy sprigging.

Pattern 467 jug left side

Pattern 467 jug base

Pattern 467 jug marks

The "24" is a size marker. The higher the number, the smaller the jug.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 1182

The jug is 180mm tall. White earthenware covered with hyacinth blue slip and white sprigs.

Pattern 1182 jug left side

Pattern 1182 jug base

Pattern 1182 jug marks

The datecode form "13/4/81" I am informed only occurs on hyacinth blue wares.
The "24" is a size marker. The higher the number, the smaller the jug.
The meaning of the impressed "PAXTON" has been disputed. As I have only seen the mark on this shape of jug I suspect it may be the shape name.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 1422

The jug is 180mm tall. Slate blue coloured earthenware with white sprigs.

Pattern 1422 jug left side

Pattern 1422 jug right side

Pattern 1422 jug base

The faintly impressed registration diamond is for 10 November 1882, Parcel 10. This was registered by Ridgways, Bedford Works, and was only produced for them.
Godden records that the registration is for a 'Design for a jug form'.1

The impressed date mark reads "4 / 83" for April 1883.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 1623

The jug is 195mm tall. Slate blue coloured earthenware with white sprigs.

Pattern 1623 jug left side

Pattern 1623 jug right side

Pattern 1623 jug base

Pattern 1623 jug marks

The impressed date mark reads "3 / 80" for March 1880.
The "12" is a size marker. The higher the number, the smaller the jug.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 1688

The jug is 190mm tall. Brown coloured earthenware with white sprigs.
The top is drilled for a hinged metal lid but this is missing or was never fitted.

Pattern 1688 jug left side

Pattern 1688 jug right side

Pattern 1688 jug base

The printed registration diamond is for 10 November 1882, Parcel 10. This was registered by Ridgways, Bedford Works, and was only produced for them.
Godden records that the registration is for a 'Design for a jug form'.1

The impressed date mark reads "11 / 82" for November 1882.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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'Mosaic' pink

The jug is 140mm to ridge on cover. Pink stoneware with two bands of 'Bead & Line' with black bead and blue line and turning.

Mosaic pink covered jug left side

Mosaic pink covered jug base

Mosaic pink covered jug England mark

This "ENGLAND" impressed mark was in use from 1870-1899.

Mosaic pink covered jug left side

The cross in circle impressed tally mark was used at both Dudson's and at Ridgways' Bedford Works. This may be a coincidence, or it may indicate that workers were at times transferred from one factory to the other.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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'Muses & Divisions'

The rope handled jug is 205mm tall. Pale blue earthenware covered in dark blue slip and white reliefs. Full glaze.

Muses and Divisions jug left side

Muses and Divisions jug lip side

Muses and Divisions jug marks

The impressed "DUDSON ENGLAND" mark was used 1891-99

Photos © Angela Grant 2017-2020

 

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'Muses & Trees'

The 'Cocoa Pot' is 165mm tall to top of knob. Pale blue earthenware with white reliefs.

Muses and Trees cocoa pot left side

Muses and Trees cocoa pot right side

Muses and Trees cocoa pot base

Muses and Trees cocoa pot marks

The impressed "DUDSON ENGLAND" mark was used 1891-99
The cross in circle impressed tally mark was used at both Dudson's and at Ridgways' Bedford Works. This may be a coincidence, or it may indicate that workers were at times transferred from one factory to the other.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Manufactured by Ridgways

 

Pattern 3/9531

The jug is 8.5 inches tall, and the base has a diameter of 5 inches. Earthenware.

Pattern 3/9531 jug right side

Pattern 3/9531 jug right side 2

Pattern 3/9531 jug lip side

Pattern 3/9531 jug left side

Pattern 3/9531 jug handle side

Pattern 3/9531 jug top

Pattern 3/9531 jug base

Pattern 3/9531 jug pattern number

Photos © Milka Kraleva ~ artandkrafts 2020

 

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Pattern 3/9532

The jug is 8 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 3/9532 jug left side

Pattern 3/9532 jug lip side

Pattern 3/9532 jug right side

Pattern 3/9532 jug base

Pattern 3/9532 jug pattern number

The jug is 8 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 3/9532 jug left side

Pattern 3/9532 jug right side

Pattern 3/9532 jug base

Pattern 3/9532 jug pattern number

Impressed marks are "12" and a very tiny "M", significance unknown.

The jug is 6.25 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 3/9532 jug left side

Pattern 3/9532 jug right side

Pattern 3/9532 jug base

Pattern 3/9532 jug pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 3/9970 "Cenis"

This jug is important because it firmly establishes that the shape belongs to the factory.

The jug is 8 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 3/9970 jug left side

Pattern 3/9970 jug right side

Pattern 3/9970 jug base

Pattern 3/9970 jug marks

The registration diamond is for 9 October 1871, Parcel 8 which is recorded as for E. J. Ridgway & Sons, Bedford Works, Hanley.
Godden records that the registration is for a printed design for dinner wares.1

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 4/3905

The jug is 7 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 4/3905 jug left side

Pattern 4/3905 jug right side

Pattern 4/3905 jug base

Pattern 4/3905 jug pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 4/4268

The jug is 7.75 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 4/4268 Jug left side

Pattern 4/4268 Jug right side

Pattern 4/4268 Jug pattern number

Pattern 4/4268 Jug impressed mark

The significance of the impressed name "PAXTON" is unknown.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 4/4304

The jug is 6 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 4/4304 jug left side

Pattern 4/4304 jug right side

Pattern 4/4304 jug left side

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 4/5443

The jug is 6.75 inches tall. Ebony ware.
The jug should have a Britannia metal lid as with the i/267 jug below.

Pattern 4/5443 jug left side

Pattern 4/5443 jug right side

Pattern 4/5443 jug base

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 4/5900

The jug is 7 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern 4/5900 jug left side

Pattern 4/5900 jug right side

Pattern 4/5900 jug base

Pattern 4/5900 jug pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern 4/7206

The covered filter jug (minus cover) is 8 inches tall and 4.75 inches wide at the base. Earthenware.

Pattern 4/7206 jug left side

Pattern 4/7206 jug right side

Pattern 4/7206 jug handle side

Pattern 4/7206 jug top

The missing cover is flat, and has a turquoise edge and spherical knob. For a similar lid see Pattern i/3 below.

Pattern 4/7206 jug base

Pattern 4/7206 jug marks

The impressed date mark reads "2/80" for February 1880.

Photos © Kenneth H. Carleton 2020

 

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Pattern E/2

The jug is 8 inches tall. Ebony ware.
It appears to have been drilled to take a Britannia metal lid as on e/83 below, now missing.

Pattern e/2 jug left side

Pattern e/2 jug right side

Pattern e/2 jug base

Pattern e/2 jug pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern E/3

The jug is 6 inches tall. Ebony ware.
The jug should have a Britannia metal lid as with the i/267 jug below.

Pattern e/3 jug left side

Pattern e/3 jug right side

Pattern e/3 jug base

Pattern e/3 jug pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern E/42 'Persia'

This decoration appears also on Bedford Works i/ series wares where it bears the print name 'Persia'.

The jug is 7.75 inches tall. Ebony ware.
The jug should have a Britannia metal lid as with the i/267 jug below.

Pattern e/42 covered jug left side

Pattern e/42 covered jug right side

Pattern e/42 covered jug pattern number

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern e/83

The covered jug is 8 inches tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern e/83 covered jug left side

Pattern e/83 covered jug right side

Pattern e/83 covered jug base

Pattern e/83 covered jug pattern number

The peculiar form of "e" with the long upper tail seems to be a signature of decorator "2" as I have seen other examples of their work with the same peculiarity.

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern R/49

The jug is 6.75 inches tall. Red ware.

Pattern r/49 jug left side

Pattern r/49 jug right side

Pattern r/49 jug base

Pattern r/49 jug pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Pattern i/3 "Yeddo"

This jug is important because it firmly establishes that the shape belongs to the factory.

The covered filter jug is 9.5 inches tall, 6 inches wide including handle, 3.5 inches in diameter at top, and 4.75 inches diameter at base. Earthenware.

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug left side

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug lip side

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug left side

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug lid

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug top minus lid

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug base

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug pattern number

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug registration diamond

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

Pattern i/3 covered filter jug impressed marks

The top impressed mark appears to be a date mark: 8? / 14? 1914 seems a little late but not impossible. The middle mark is a moulder's tally mark, and the bottom mark is probably a size mark.

Photos © Tom Douglas ~ My Grandmothers Antiques 2020

 

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Pattern i/93

The jug with Britannia metal lid is 203mm tall excluding lid. Earthenware.

Pattern i/93 covered jug left side

Pattern i/93 covered jug right side

Pattern i/93 covered jug base

Pattern i/93 covered jug marks

The date code reads "9 / 79" for September 1879.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern i/267 "Yeddo"

This jug is important because it firmly establishes that the shape belongs to the factory.

The jug with Britannia metal lid is 8 inches tall, and 5.5 inches from lip to handle. Earthenware.

Pattern i/267 covered jug left side

Pattern i/267 covered jug lip side

Pattern i/267 covered jug right side

Pattern i/267 covered jug handle side

Pattern i/267 covered jug top

Pattern i/267 covered jug lid detail

Pattern i/267 covered jug underside of top

Pattern i/267 covered jug lid mark

Pattern i/267 covered jug top minus lid

Pattern i/267 covered jug base

Pattern i/267 covered jug 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 '2 Printed designs in eastern style'.1

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2020

 

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Pattern i/530 "Maiden Hair Fern"

The jug is 180mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern i/530 jug left side

Pattern i/530 jug marks

The registration diamond is for 28 July 1881, Parcel 14 which is recorded as for Ridgways, Bedford Works, Hanley.
Godden records that the registration is for a 'Printed design - maidenhair form'.1
The impressed "RIDGWAYS" is unusual

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Notes.

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

 

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