Misleading Pieces
Samuel Alcock

Samuel Alcock, Cobridge c.1828-53, Hill Pottery, Burslem, c.1830-59.
Sir James Duke & Nephews, Hill Pottery, Burslem, c.1860-3.
Hill Pottery Co. (Ltd.), Burslem, c.1861-7.

Samuel Alcock produced fine bone china as well as earthenwares. His china has often been mistaken for Ridgway because the factory used fractional pattern numbering. The shapes are, however, quite different, and the style of gilding has a flavour unique to the factory. Whereas Ridgway pattern numbers are generally, but not exclusively, painted in iron-red, Alcock numbering can be in puce, but generally one of the border colours used on the item being numbered. The numbers are also done with a boldness generally absent from Ridgway numbering, and often contain an "N." or "No." to the left of the lower part of the number.

 

Pattern 2/7143

Pattern 2/8053

Pattern 4/5704

 

Pattern 2/7143

The border gilding here is typical of the factory style. The pattern number is in puce, a common practice at the factory.

This appears to be the same shape as the pattern 2/5718 service illustrated in the article by Geoffrey & Alma Barnes in Geoffrey Godden (ed.), Staffordshire Porcelains (Granada, 1983), p.315, fig. 483.

The dessert plate is 232mm in diameter. Bone china.

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 1 front

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 1 front detail

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 1 back

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 1 pattern number

The second dessert plate is also 232mm in diameter. Bone china.

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 2 front

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 2 front detail

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 2 back

Alcock 2/7143 dessert plate 2 pattern number

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Pattern 2/8053

The border decoration on this piece totally ignores the piercings, which is not a practice found at Cauldon Place. The pattern number is done in the border grey, and, for that reason, is barely readable.

The leaf dessert dish is 254mm long, 228mm wide, 62mm high at the handle. Bone china.

Alcock 2/8053 leaf dessert dish front

Alcock 2/8053 leaf dessert dish front detail

Alcock 2/8053 leaf dessert dish side

Alcock 2/8053 leaf dessert dish back

Alcock 2/8053 leaf dessert dish pattern number

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Pattern 4/5704

Although the style of landscape painting is similar to that used at Cauldon Place, there is no evidence that Ridgway ever used a 4/ number series (although Francis Morley did at the Broad Street Works). The pattern number is again in puce.

The dessert plate is 229mm in diameter. Bone china.

Alcock 4/5704 dessert plate front

Alcock 4/5704 dessert plate front detail

Alcock 4/5704 dessert plate back

Alcock 4/5704 dessert plate pattern number

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