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Minton of Stoke – Relief-Moulded Wares Design Numbers

Dick Henrywood

The famous Minton firm of Stoke produced a wide range of relief-moulded jugs and other wares from 1830 through to at least 1879. Twenty-nine different designs are recorded below and the firm used a numbering system which covered most of them. Originally the numbers appeared on a moulded scrollmark along with the cursive inital M, but this was eventually discontinued in favour of a simple impressed number. They indicate not only the main design but also variations in colouring. The firm did not title their jugs, the only exceptions being "The Two Drivers" and "Waverley" (and the two "Society of Arts" designs), so titles have been adopted, where appropriate preferring names already in circulation. This is very much a work in progress and changes will be incorporated as new information becomes available. It is also intended to add images although that will take time. Contributions of new or amended information and (particularly) good images would be very welcome. Numbers recorded to date include:

Number Design Colour
3 Grapevine White, white sprigs
8 Grapevine White, grey sprigs
10 Grapevine Blue, white sprigs
13 William and Adelaide Grey, white sprigs
14 Bird and Butterfly Grey, white sprigs
16 Silenus Light green; Grey (also brown *, white*)
17 Foxes Light green
18 Silenus Terracotta
19 Silenus Dark green (also light green *)
48 Foliage Sprigged Grey, white sprigs
59 Prunus Sprigged Grey, white sprigs
71 Bulbous Flutes Light green
91 "Waverley" Light green
93 Pumpkin Glazed drab
95 "Waverley" Dark green
103 Foxhunt Light green
107 Foxhunt Dark green
117 Hexagonal Grey
130 Dunmow Flitch Light green
134 Dunmow Flitch Blue
159 Barrel with Grapevine Light green, white sprigs
222 Hunting Scene White, black neck
225 Hunting Scene White, blue neck, sprigged grapevine
228 Bacchanalian Cherubs White
229 Bacchanalian Cherubs Dark blue ground
235 Silenus Blue ground
239 Prunus Moulded Turquoise plus enamelling
245 Silenus Blue ground
259 Climbing Ivy White parian
260 Climbing Ivy Dark blue ground (metal lid)
261 Roses White parian
263 Octagonal, Mask Spout Blue, white sprigs and interior
264 Silenus White parian (also mug)
268 Harvest Wreath "Society of Arts" White parian
269 "Society of Arts" White parian
274 "Society of Arts" Blue ground
277 Harvest Wreath "Society of Arts" White, blue neck
293 Squirrels and Butterflies Light green teapot
296 Spuireels and Butterflies Light blue creamer
301 "Society of Arts" Blue ground
302 "Society of Arts" Grey
305 "Society of Arts" Cream (with white slip interior)
306 "Society of Arts" White
312 Climbing Ivy Dark blue ground (no lid)
316 Harvest Wreath "Society of Arts" White, blue neck, with cover
320 Hop Jug White parian (added figures beneath spout and handle)
321 Hop Jug White parian (no added figures)
323 Hops Blue ground
328 Hops White parian
329 Cherubs White parian
332 Lotus White parian
335 "The Two Drivers" Plain *
336 "The Two Drivers" Terracotta
337 "The Two Drivers" Chocolate brown
363 Squirrels and Butterflies White parian
364 Cherubs Dark blue ground
376 Bird and Ivy Dark ground *
434 Ivy Green ground
436 * Spirals with Ferns Green ground
452 * Ten Panels Grey or light green *
475 Ivy Celadon ground
479 Stylised Grapes and Scrolls White parian
480 Stylised Grapes and Scrolls Blue ground
484 Ribbed White parian, red banding
486 * Spirals with Ferns Green ground
504 Pineapple White
526 Vertical Leaves White stoneware
530 Running Plants over Flutes White parian
538 Pineapple Majolica
549 Twining Handle White
575 * Holly and Mistletoe White parian

An asterisk (*) indicates information that has not been confirmed.

Designs by name:

Bacchanalian Cherubs
Registered 20 March 1845
Numbers: 228, 229
   
Barrel with Grapevine
A very similar jug without the sprigging and with a different handle was made by William Ridgway, Son & Co.
Numbers: 159
   
Bird and Ivy
Registered 17 November 1849
Hughes states known with vivid pink ground.
Numbers: 76
   
Bulbous Flutes
Numbers: 71
   
Buttercup
Registered 14 May 1855
Hughes calls it Twining Flowers.
Numbers:
   
Cherubs
Registered 8 May 1845
Also made at Bennington.
Numbers: 329, 364
   
Climbing Ivy
Registered 22 November 1845
Numbers: 259, 260, 312        
   
Dunmow Flitch
Hughes calls it The Wedding
Numbers: 130/134
   
Foliage Sprigged      
Number 48
   
Grapevine
Sprigged.
Numbers: 3, 8, 10
   
Harvest Wreath “Society of Arts”
Registered 26 May 1846
Known with a ceramic cover.
Hughes calls it Fruits and Wheat.
Numbers: 268, 277, 316
   
Holly and Mistletoe
Registered 16 January 1863
Numbers 575 *
   
Hop Jug
Registered 14 May 1847
Designed by Henry Townsend.
Numbers:
   
Hops
Registered 21 November 1848
Numbers: 323, 328
   
Ivy
Registered 3 September 1852
Numbers: 434, 475
   
Lotus
Numbers: 332
   

Octagonal, Mask Spout
Registered 2 March 1846
(incorrectly marked 1845)
Numbers: 263

 
Pineapple
Registered 5 October 1858
Numbers: 504, 538
   
Prunus Moulded      
Numbers: 239
   
Prunus Sprigged      
Numbers: 59
   
Pumpkin
Numbers: 93
   
Ribbed
Registered 5 June 1852
Numbers: 484
   
Roses
Numbers: 261
   
Running Plants over Flutes
Registered 9 February 1857
Numbers: 530
   
Silenus
Also made by Minton & Boyle in “English Porcelain” (see Henrywood BJ for details)
Numbers: 16, 18, 19, 235, 245, 264
   
“Society of Arts”
Registered 26 May 1846
Hughes calls it “Vintage“.
Numbers: 269, 274, 301, 302, 306    
   
Spirals with Ferns
Registered 23 July 1852
Numbers: 436 or 486
Probably one number misread?
   
Squirrels and Butterflies
Numbers: 293, 296, 363
   
Stylised Grapes and Scrolls
Numbers: 480
   
Ten Panels
Numbers: 452 *
   
“The Two Drivers”
Numbers: 335, 336, 337
   
Twining Handle
Registered 23 October 1859
(Cushion gives date as 25th, not 23rd)
Numbers: 549
   
Vertical Leaves        
Registered 23 January 1856
Numbers: 526
   
“Waverley”
Numbers: 91, 95
   
     

Index of Registration dates

20 March 1845 Bacchanalian Cherubs 228, 229
8 May 1845 Cherubs 329, 364
22 November 1845 Climbing Ivy 259, 260, 312
2 March 1846 Octagonal, Mask Spout 263
26 May 1846 “Society of Arts” 269, 274, 301, 302, 306
26 May 1846 Harvest Wreath (“Society of Arts”) 268, 277, 316
14 May 1847 Hop Jug 320
21 November 1848 Hops 323, 328
17 November 1849 Bird and Ivy 376
5 June 1852 Ribbed 464
23 July 1852 Spirals with Ferns 436 *, 486 *
3 September 1852 Ivy 434, 475
14 May 1855 Buttercup  
23 January 1856 Vertical Leaves 526
9 February 1857 Running Plants over Flutes 530
5 October 1858 Pineapple 504, 538
23 October 1859 Twining Handle 549
16 January 1863 Holly and Mistletoe 575 *


Other dates not yet fully identified:

29 October 1860
7 April 1875 (acorn shape)
21 November 1879
16 September 1852 (majolica)
23 July 1852 (majolica)

 

With thanks to everyone who has contributed information, and particularly for images to be included above:

Guy Loveday, Jim McAuliffe, Philip Mernick, Patrick Rowe, Sheila Wylie; Messrs. Dreweatt-Neate.

Page created 12 August 2020. Last updated 30 August 2020.

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