Misleading Pieces
Machin

Machin & Baggaley, Waterloo Pottery, Burslem, 1809-33.
Machin & Potts, Waterloo Pottery, Burslem, 1833-37.

Machin products have been misidentified as Ridgway by Dr. Godden, particularly the so-called Moustache and Harbold shapes.

The best reference to the Machin wares is Bill Thom & Philip Miller, Machin Porcelains and Earthenwares including a partial reconstruction of the Machin pattern book (Berwick on Tweed, 2008).

 

Pattern 340

Pattern 547

Pattern 547 gilt

Pattern 616

Pattern 663

Pattern 690

Pattern 733

Pattern 784

Pattern 940

 

Pattern 340

The tea cup & saucer. Bone china.

Pattern 340 tea cup and saucer

Pattern 340 tea cup and saucer 2

The saucer is 137mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 340 saucer front

The tea cup is 110mm wide including handle, and 60mm tall. Bone china.

Pattern 340 tea cup middle side

Pattern 340 tea cup right side

Pattern 340 tea cup handle side

Pattern 340 tea cup base

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2020

 

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Pattern 547

Thom & Miller list Harbold shape Pattern 547 as 'attributed to Machin'. In view of the link with the table wares with the same pattern number, this could well be correct.

The dessert centrepiece is 303mm long, 250mm wide, and 134mm tall. Bone china.

Pattern 547 centrepiece top

Pattern 547 centrepiece side

Pattern 547 centrepiece end

Pattern 547 centrepiece base

Pattern 547 centrepiece pattern number

The leaf dish is 210mm long, 193mm wide, and 37mm tall. Bone china.

Pattern 547 leaf dish front

Pattern 547 leaf dish side

Pattern 547 leaf dish back

Pattern 547 leaf dish pattern number

The dessert plate is 218mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 547 dessert plate front

Pattern 547 dessert plate side

Pattern 547 dessert plate back

Pattern 547 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2020

 

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Pattern 547 gilt

A attractive gilt version of 547 not recorded by Thom & Miller.

The leaf dish is 216mm long, 197mm wide, and 38mm tall. Bone china.

Pattern 547 gilt leaf dish front

Pattern 547 gilt leaf dish back

Pattern 547 gilt leaf dish pattern number

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2020

 

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Pattern 616

Pattern 616 is not listed in Thom & Miller, and neither is it, so far as I can tell, one of the patterns claimed by Margaret Ironside as Hicks & Meigh. I will leave it here for the moment until I can work out the practical differences.

The rectangular dish is 269mm long, 200mm wide, and 43mm tall. Bone china.

Pattern 616 rectangular dish front

Pattern 616 rectangular dish side

Pattern 616 rectangular dish back

Pattern 616 rectangular dish pattern number

The dessert plate is 224mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 616 dessert plate front

Pattern 616 dessert plate side

Pattern 616 dessert plate back

Pattern 616 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2020

 

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Pattern 663

Thom & Miller in Machin Porcelains & Earthenwares refers to Moustache shape Pattern 663 as being 'attributed to Machin'. The shoulder mouldings each side of the handle are, however, quite different to that of the Pattern 325 dish that is definitely by Machin (Thom & Miller p.93), and rather match that of Pattern 911 dish illustrated in Godden, Ridgway Porcelains, p.83. There are, therefore, questions concerning the attribution to Machin. It does not match the moulds known to be by Folch either, so a third factory may well be involved. Both Margaret Ironside (NCS Newsletter 100, p.31) and Austin Wragg (NCS Newsletter 168, pp.36-38) attribute at least some of the Moustache shape production to Hicks & Meigh. This is not fully proven and so Pattern 663 remains here.

The dessert centrepiece is 293mm long, 227mm wide, and 144mm tall. Bone china.

Moustache 663 centrepiece top

Moustache 663 centrepiece top detail

Moustache 663 centrepiece side 1

Moustache 663 centrepiece side 2

Moustache 663 centrepiece end

Moustache 663 centrepiece base

Moustache 663 centrepiece pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2020

The oval dessert dish is 290mm long and 227mm wide. Bone china.

Moustache 663 oval dish front

Moustache 663 oval dish front moulding detail

Note the shape of the shoulder mouldings each side of the handle (see above). For the known Machin mouldings see the Machin page.

Moustache 663 oval dish back

Moustache 663 oval dish pattern number

Photos © Aili Jurmann 2020

The dessert plate is 221mm in diameter. Bone china.

Moustache 663 dessert plate front

Moustache 663 dessert plate back

Moustache 663 dessert plate pattern number

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Pattern 690

Thom & Miller refers to Moustache shape Pattern 690 as being 'possibly Machin'. I had doubts as the decoration is very similar to the Godden Pattern 911 (Ridgway Porcelains, p.83). Margaret Ironside thought that the other factory making this shape was Hicks & Meigh. The comport below is a superficially similar shape to Pattern 663 which is probably by Hicks & Meigh, but not an exact match. Two leaf dishes appeared on the internet with Machin style shoulders so the matter is not resolved and so pattern 690 remains here.

The dessert centrepiece. Bone china.

Moustache 690 dessert centre piece top

Moustache 690 dessert centre piece top detail

Moustache 690 dessert centre piece side 1

Moustache 690 dessert centre piece side 2

There is no pattern number on the centrepiece but it is a clear match to the plates below.

Photos © Jonathan Charles 2019

The dessert plate is 219mm in diameter. Bone china.

Moustache 690 dessert plate front

Moustache 690 dessert plate front detail

Moustache 690 dessert plate back

Moustache 690 dessert plate pattern number

The second dessert plate is 215mm in diameter. Bone china.

Moustache 690 dessert plate 2 front

Moustache 690 dessert plate 2 front detail

Moustache 690 dessert plate 2 back

Moustache 690 dessert plate 2 pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2020

 

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Pattern 733

Pattern 733 has the same shoulder mouldings on the leaf and oval dishes as Pattern 940 below, so is probably by Machin.

The dessert centrepiece is 300mm long, 230mm wide, and 140mm tall at ends. Bone china.

Pattern 733 comport

Pattern 733 comport top

Pattern 733 comport side

Pattern 733 comport base

Pattern 733 comport pattern number

Photos © Lorna Marchi 2020

 

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Pattern 784

The Dropped Shell shape was made by a number of manufacturers. According to Thom & Miller, Machin pattern numbers in this shape are between 700-1200. This overlaps with Alcock (500-1000) but Alcock examples tend to be pierced whereas Machin examples do not. Therefore this pattern has been attributed to Machin.
The pattern bears a superficial resemblance to Hicks & Meigh Pattern 21, and may well be derived from it.

The dessert plate is 240mm in diameter. Bone china.

Dropped shell 784 dessert plate front

Dropped shell 784 dessert plate front detail

Dropped shell 784 dessert plate front mould detail

Dropped shell 784 dessert plate front border detail Dropped shell 784 dessert plate front border detail

Dropped shell 784 dessert plate back

Dropped shell 784 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Violetta Pastwa 2020

 

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Pattern 940

Thom & Miller fail to list Pattern 940, but the mouldings of the leaf dish of Pattern 325 listed on p.93 exactly match the mouldings of the dish below. As Pattern 325 is definitely Machin, so must this be.

The leaf dessert dish is 230mm long and 212mm wide. Bone china.

Machin 940 leaf dessert dish front

Machin 940 leaf dessert dish front detail

Machin 940 leaf dessert dish front moulding detail

The mouldings each side of the handle exactly match those of Pattern 325 ilustrated in Thom & Miller.

Machin 940 leaf dessert dish back

Machin 940 leaf dessert dish pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2020

 

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