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Vintage/Antique Pottery — Staffordshire pottery

Pastille Burners: The Original Room Deodoriser!

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Pastille Burners: The Original Room Deodoriser!
The use of Pastille Burners actually dates back to the time of Elizabeth I, where they were used in wealthy households to help deodorise the very foul smelling air. During Elizabethan times, the pastille burners were practical silver objects with holes in which held a pastille: a small lozenge made of saltpetre or gum arabic and essences usually made by the house servants.

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What Does The Term Old Charley Have In Common With Artone Pottery?

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What Does The Term Old Charley Have In Common With Artone Pottery?

If you take a meander around the internet, you can often come across the term 'Old Charley and, if you are anything like me, wondered about the derivation of the name.

In my case, I was searching for a possible explanation as to why the miniature character jugs, made by the Artone Pottery, has two identical faces on each side of the jug.

What Does The Term Old Charley Have In Common With Artone Pottery? Read on to find out more!

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Clarice Cliff, A. J. Wilkinson Ltd, Newport Pottery, Shorter & Son Ltd

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Clarice Cliff, A. J. Wilkinson Ltd, Newport Pottery, Shorter & Son Ltd

Clarice Cliff, A. J. Wilkinson Ltd, Newport Pottery, Shorter & Son Ltd: What Do They Have In Common? The latter three were all factories owned by the Shorter family and they worked in close co-operation. 

The ‘Shorter & Bolton’ business was founded as a partnership between Arthur Shorter and James Bolton in 1872, in Stoke, Staffordshire, UK.  In 1891, after the death of his brother in law, Shorter commenced managing A.J Wilkinson.

Where does Clarice Cliff fit in? Read the rest of the blog to find out more!

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Paragon Fine Bone China Six World Famous Roses Tea Service

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Paragon Fine Bone China Six World Famous Roses Tea Service
I just had to share this beautiful Paragon Fine Bone China Six World Famous Roses Tea Service with you. It is so quintessentially British! Each piece of this 21-piece set features one of Harry Wheatcroft’s “Six world famous roses.” They are all made from fine bone china and the edges are gilded. But who was Harry Wheatcroft, and do Paragon China still exist?

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