Church Works and Bedford Works
Snake-handled Jugs

E. J. Ridgway & Abington
Edward John Ridgway
E. J. Ridgway & Son
Ridgway, Sparks, & Ridgway
Ridgways

Chrysanthemum jugs

Chrysanthemum tri-colour

Pattern 5376 Chrysanthemum tri-colour

"Stourbridge" jugs

Pattern 104

Pattern 137

Pattern 472

 

Chrysanthemum jugs

 

Chrysanthemum tri-colour

This jug was illustrated (in mirror image, which rather spoils the comparison) in Tony Curnock, 'A Dudson Ridgway Enigma', NCS Newsletter 194 (June 2019), 34-45, 37, figs 5 & 5a.

The jug is 225mm tall. Sage stoneware with flower heads in white & blue stoneware.

Chrysanthemum tri-colour jug right side

Chrysanthemum tri-colour jug handle side

Chrysanthemum tri-colour jug base

Chrysanthemum tri-colour jug mark

There seems to be a size marker "36" faintly incised or impressed into the base.

Photos © Tony Curnock 2021

 

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Pattern 5376 Chrysanthemum tri-colour

The jug is 254mm tall and 171mm handle to lip. Sage stoneware with flower heads in white & blue stoneware.

Pattern 5376 jug left side

Pattern 5376 jug left side detail

Pattern 5376 jug lip side

Pattern 5376 jug right side

Pattern 5376 jug handle side

Pattern 5376 jug handle detail

Pattern 5376 jug top

Pattern 5376 jug base

Pattern 5376 jug marks

Pattern 5376 jug impressed mark

These jugs usually are not numbered, but the addition of gold decoration required a pattern number.
The impressed mark reads: "PUBLISHED BY / W. RIDGW[AY & Co.] / ENGLAND / Oct. 1st, 1835."
The shape and pattern number date from the 1850s, but the impressed mark appears to tell a different story. These jugs were made over a considerable period in time, at least from the 1850s to the 1890s. At some point, probably at the Bedford Works, the mark used on the Tam o'Shanter style of jugs was applied to this and many other shapes of jug despite the fact that the vast majority of them had not been in production in 1835. Why this was done is uncertain, though it may have been as a commemoration of William Ridgway himself, or of an anniverary of the founding of the firm. What is certain is that this mark continued to be used for several years until the mark shown here replaced it, reading "ENGLAND" instead of "HANLEY", presumably because of the US McKinley Acts that came into force in 1891, though we cannot be sure that the change of mark came in precisely in 1891.

Photos © Gary & Anna Cashmore 2021

 

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"Stourbridge" jugs

 

Pattern 104

The jug is 203mm tall and 153mm handle to lip. White stoneware with pale blue mosaic bands.

Pattern 104 jug left side

Pattern 104 jug right side

Pattern 104 jug handle side

Pattern 104 jug top

Pattern 104 jug base

Pattern 104 jug marks

Photos © Anonymous 2021

 

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Pattern 137

The jug is 180mm tall, top 80mm diameter, base 75mm diameter. Grey stoneware with black & white mosaic bands.

Pattern 137 jug left side

Pattern 137 jug left side detail

Pattern 137 jug lip side

Pattern 137 jug right side

Pattern 137 jug handle side

Pattern 137 jug top

Pattern 137 jug top lid open

Pattern 137 jug lid mark

Pattern 137 jug base

Pattern 137 jug marks

Photos © Peter De Angelis

 

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Pattern 472

The jug is 210mm tall. Grey stoneware with white Patent Mosaic line inserts.

Pattern 472 jug left side

Pattern 472 jug lip side

Pattern 472 jug right side

Pattern 472 jug right side detail

Unusually only white lines have been incised into the body.

Pattern 472 jug handle side

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Pattern 472 jug top

Pattern 472 jug base

Pattern 472 jug marks

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Notes

1. G. A. Godden, Ridgway Porcelains (1985), p.218.

 

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