Vintage Brown Betty ALB Pottery Jug creamer and Sugar Bowl
This would make a lovely addition to a tea tray for one or two: Vintage Brown Betty ALB Pottery Jug creamer and Sugar Bowl. The china is beautifully decorated with embossed red polka dots and gilding.
The maker’s mark has practically disappeared but it is a well known pattern by the Stoke-on-Trent pottery, Alcock, Lindley and Bloore. It has been in our family for over 40 years old and dates to about the 1950s.
Maker’s Marks on The Base
- The Jug has the pattern number 1161 (or 1661- its difficult to tell!)
- The Bowl has the number 1160 and MADE IN ENGLAND.
These items were made to accompany a 2-cup teapot. Unfortunately, the teapot is no longer available.
- Jug: height 7.5cm (3″), width (handle to lip) 8cm (3.2″), Base diameter 6cm (2.4″)
- Bowl: Maximum Diameter 8.5cm (3.4″), Base diameter 5cm (2″)
The set is in good vintage condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. There is some slight loss of the gilding in some areas.
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Some Trivia For You!
In 1919 Alcock, Lindley and Bloor (ALB) established their pottery at Clough Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. The business having been originally started by B.J Swinnerton.
They were one of the smaller potteries and were very much a family run business. Their 100 employees mainly came from five local families! They are particularly well known for their ‘brown betty’ pottery and for inventing a new type of nozzle for depositing slip on teaware in a decorative form.
They also produced an unusual looking teapot with an upside down or downturned pouring spout: this was supposed to prevent drips.
The company was eventually taken over by Royal Doulton in 1974, prior to closing in 1979.