1960s Adams Pottery Calyx Ware Shalimar Ashtray and Two Trinket Dishes
This a lovely set comprising a 1960s Adams Pottery Calyx Ware Shalimar Ashtray and Two Trinket Dishes. They are in very good condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. They are not flawless but the Manufacturing defects have been present since the china was first made.
- The ashtray is round, 13cm (5.2″) in diameter and approximately 2cm (0.8″) in height.
The two trinket / Bonbon dishes are diamond shaped with a lipped carrying handle.
- Maximum length ~ 14cm (5.5″)
- Base length of 10cm (4″)
- Base width 8cm (3.2″)
- Height ~ 2.5cm (1″)
They are an unusual pale green/blue colour with yellow gold flowers and deep blue leaves. The maker’s mark on the base of all three items is for the 1960s, just prior to joining the Wedgwood group in 1966.
From detective work on this great site http://chinasearch.co.uk/buy/adams/shalimar/, I’m pretty sure that these pieces are from the Calyx Ware range and that the pattern is ‘Shalimar.’
The maker’s mark says:-
Real English Ironstone
Made in England
These would look great as ring tidies on a bedroom dressing table, bonbon dishes in a retro lounge or to simply add to your existing Adams pottery collection.
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Some History For You
John Adams set up Adams China in Staffordshire, Britain, which became known as the Brick House Works during the 17th century. In the early years, the factory focused on recreating models that were brought in from the Far East.
John was very innovative and invented an ironstone formula. It was an instant success overtaking the then popular earthenware market. This enabled the company to focus on manufacturing white ironstone, pottery and cookware. In 1779 , the son of John Adams, William, opened the Greengates factory in Tunstall, England, which remained their main location until it closed during the 1990s.
The pottery also developed Microtex, a more durable form of their ironstone formula.
Adams Pottery became part of the Wedgwood Group in 1966, with the intention of converting the factory to making giftware. However, this proved unprofitable and the company shifted to making hotelware, which although profitable initially, became unprofitable later on. Unfortunately, the Greengates factory was closed down by Wedgwood in 1992. After closing, somebody set fire to the factory and it was razed to the ground. A sad end to a three hundred year old company…