Dudson — Ridgway
Twisted-Branch 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.

Up to this point I have considered it fairly simple to distinguish the wares produced by Dudson and those by the Bedford Works. Basically, everything with a fractional pattern number was Ridgway, and everything else was Dudson. I was, however, confronted with a problem after reading Jewitt's The Ceramic Art of Great Britain (1878). Volume 2 describes the products of both the Bedford Works and Dudson's Hope Street Works. Jewitt states that both factories produced moulded ware and mosaic ware, but only the Bedford Works produced jasper ware and jet ware, and he praises both wares with effusive language. Whilst the comment on jet or ebony ware was to be expected, that on jasper ware was not. All jasper wares were, up to now, thought to have been produced at Hope Street. Until this apparent contradiction is resolved, I shall be listing the wares by type and number series rather than factory.

 

Dudson ~ Hope Street Works

James Dudson

Ridgway ~ Bedford Works

E. J. Ridgway (& Son)
Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway
Ridgways

 

Incised Number Series

Pattern 542

Pattern 673

Pattern 858

 

Incised Number Series

 

Pattern 542

The jug. White stoneware covered with blue slip and white sprigs.

Pattern 542 jug left side

Pattern 542 jug base

Pattern 542 jug marks

The impressed "24" is a size mark and the "+" probably a tally mark.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2021

 

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Pattern 673

The jug. Brown stoneware with pale blue and white sprigs.

Pattern 673 jug right side

Pattern 673 jug base

Pattern 673 jug marks

The impressed "24" is a size mark and the diamond probably a tally mark.

Photos © Paul Fawcett 2021

 

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Pattern 858

The jug. White stoneware covered with blue slip and white sprigs.

Pattern 858 jug left side

Pattern 858 jug base

The impressed "24" is a size mark, but only the tip of it can be seen in the photo. The "W" is probably a tally mark.

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