Dudson — Ridgway
Water Bottles

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 bottles 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.

There are two styles of water bottle. The first has a single ridge at the base of the neck and a domed stopper. The second style has a double ridge part way up the neck and a tiered stopper. Both appear to have originally come with stands, but these have rarely survived.

 

James Dudson

Pattern 455

Pattern 1052

Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway
Ridgways

Pattern 4/6183

Pattern E/6

 

Manufactured by Dudsons

 

Pattern 455

The second style water bottle is 295mm tall. Brown coloured earthenware with white and blue sprigs.

Pattern 455 water bottle and stand

Pattern 455 water bottle base

Pattern 455 water bottle pattern number

Pattern 455 water bottle marks

Finding the cross-in-circle moulder's tally mark on a Dudson made water bottle is quite extraordinary as this mark was in use at the Church Works and later the Bedford Works from the earliest days of William Ridgway. It provides grounds to speculate whether part of the agreement between Dudson and Ridgway involved the transfer of workers from one factory to the other on a temporary or permanent basis.

The water bottle stand is 180mm in diameter. Brown coloured earthenware with white and blue sprigs. Smear glazed top, full glaze below.

Pattern 455 Water bottle stand front

Pattern 455 Water bottle stand side

Pattern 455 Water bottle stand back

Pattern 455 Water bottle stand marks

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern 1052

The second style water bottle is 285mm tall. Brown coloured earthenware with white sprigs.

Pattern 1052 water bottle side 1

Pattern 1052 water bottle side 2

Pattern 1052 water bottle base

Pattern 1052 water bottle pattern number

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Manufactured by Ridgways

 

Pattern 4/6183

The second style water bottle is 305mm tall. Red ware.

Pattern 4/6183 water bottle side 1

Pattern 4/6183 water bottle side 2

Pattern 4/6183 water bottle base

Pattern 4/6183 water bottle marks

The impressed date mark reads "3 / 80" for March 1880.

Photos © Clare and Alan Walker 2020

 

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Pattern E/6

The first style water bottle (minus stopper) is 248mm tall. Ebony ware.

Pattern E/6 water bottle side 1

Pattern E/6 water bottle side 2

Pattern E/6 water bottle pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Notes.

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

 

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