These three antique plates or dishes are decorated in a hand-painted on transfer 'Willow Pattern.' The painting on the transfers was probably carried out by children as this was a common practice at the time. One dish dates from 1859-62 and the other two from 1880-99. In 1862 Morley & Ashworth became G.L. Ashworth Bros. who manufactured the raw material known as Masons Patent Ironstone.
The potteries operated from Broad Street, Hanley, Staffordshire from 1836 until 1968 when the site was sold to Wedgwood. (An interesting note, in 1840/1 the workforce of 348 employees included 23 boys and 13 girls.)
In 1999 Wedgwood switched production to China.
Dish 1 - 8 inches / 20.5cm wide x 1 inch / 2.5cm high
Made by Morley & Ashworth 1859-62.
Dishes 2 & 3 - 8.125 inches / 20.5cm wide x 1.25 inches / 2.75cm high
In 1862 Morley & Ashworth became G.L.Ashworth Bros who manufactured the raw material known as Masons Patent Ironstone. These two dishes were made around 1880.
There is some clean crazing and one of the dishes has a faint hairline.
Dish 1 - Impressed mark from 1859-62 for Morley & Ashcroft. Painter's mark.
Dishes 2&3 - Maker's mark for 1880. Impressed '2 X.' Painter's mark.
Three most interesting antique items from the nineteenth century in very good vintage condition.
All our items are pre-owned and these are antique and may therefore show signs of use and age and will not be dishwasher proof.