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Souvenir China Retailers of the 19th Century

Dick Henrywood

As marks on pottery and porcelain became more established, some china retailers ordered wares with personalised marks. Early examples, before about 1830 are not common, but the practice steadily expanded and in the second half of the century became commonplace as souvenir wares became popular. Some illustrations can be found in Ian T. Hendersons' Pictorial Souvenirs of Britain (David & Charles, 1974). The preliminary list of souvenir retailers below is not remotely comprehensive but will be expanded as more information becomes available. Contributions would be very welcome:

Marks Retailer Wares Notes
  ABEL
Cromer

Souvenir views:
“View of Cromer”
Ill: Henderson 38 (spill vase)
ABRAHAMS
Canterbury

Souvenir views:
“Canterbury Cathedral”
“Missionary College of St. Augustine, Canterbury”

 
  T. AUTCLIFFE
China Rooms
Bruton
Souvenir views:
“Bruton Church, Somerset”
Ill: Henderson 85c (spill vase)
  JAMES AUTUN
China Rooms
Leyburn
Souvenir views:
“Jervaulx Abbey, Wensleydale”
Ill: Henderson 85a (mug)
  J.F. BELL
Bournemouth
(Fancy Fair)
Souvenir views:
“The Gardens, Bournemouth”
Ill: Henderson 301 (saucer)
W. BERRY
China Warehouse
1 Fleet Street
Coventry

Souvenir views:
“Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry”
“View from Green, Coventry”
 
  E. BLYTHE
Post Office
Hawes
Souvenir views:
“Hardrow Scar, Near Hawes, 100 Feet High”
Edmund Blythe is listed as a General Dealer in Hardware, &c. in the Booksellers and Stationers section for Hawes in Bulmer's History, Topography and Directory of North Yorkshire (1890)

L.S. BOOTH
Cross Cheaping
Coventry
Souvenir views:
“Coventry”
“Lady Godiva”
“Peeping Tom”
 
  J. BROADBRIDGE
Arundel
Souvenir views:
“Arundel Castle”
“Arundel Castle, Dairy House"

Mentioned in Henderson 105
  BROUGHTON
Ramsey
Souvenir views:
“A Present from Ramsey, I.O.M.”

Ill: Henderson 48c (mug)
  BUCKLEY & SONS
Poole

Souvenir views:
“Brownsea Castle, Poole Harbour”
 
BURTON
Eastbourne

Souvenir views:
“Grand Parade, Eastbourne, Sussex”
 
W. CARTER
China Merchant
Loughborough

Souvenir views:
“Loughborough Church”
 
  M. COOPER
Henley-on-Thames

Souvenir views:
“Henley Bridge” (Davenport)
 
M.R. FARWELL
Christchurch

Souvenir views:
“Christchurch” (Edge, Malkin & Co.)
 
  C. FORTUNE
China Dealer
Harrogate

Souvenir views:
“Sulphur Well, Harrogate”

Ill: Henderson 9b (plate)
  J. FRANCE
Rotherham

Souvenir views:
“Rotherham Church / A Present from Rotherham” (Davenport)
 
  FULLER
Ramsgate

Souvenir views:
“Ramsgate”
 
  GOSLING
Eastbourne

Souvenir views:
“Grand Parade, Eastbourne” (Davenport)
“Cavendish Place & Portion of Grand Parade, Eastbourne”

Ill: Henderson 39 (Davenport jug)
  GREATBATCH
Oxford

Souvenir views:
“Entrance to Oxford by Magdalen Bridge” (Davenport)
 
H. GREY
Hereford

Souvenir views:
”Hereford Cathedral”
 
H. HEDGER
Broad Gate
Coventry

Souvenir views:
“Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry”
 
  HERRING
Wells
Souvenir views:
“Wells Cathedral, East”
“Wells Cathedral, West”
Ill: Henderson 85b (mug)
HOPE
Ramsgate

Souvenir views:
“The Royal Harbour of Ramsgate”
 
  R. HOWSE
Marlborough

Souvenir views:
“Marlborough, Wilts. / A Present from Marlborough” (Davenport)
 
  U. JACOBS
Market Place
Wincanton

Souvenir views:
“Wincanton Church” (Davenport)
Uriah Jacobs is listed as a China. &c. Dealer in the Market Place in Hunt & Co.’s 1850 Directory & Topography of the Town of Wincanton

  JOHNSTON
Battle

Souvenir views:
“Battle Abbey Gateway”
 
  KITCHEN
Stratford-on-Avon

Souvenir views: “Avon Bank, Stratford-on-Avon”
“New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon / Residence of Shakspeare” (Davenport)
 
LEE
Whitby

Souvenir views:
“The New Saloon, Whitby”
 
J. LUCK & SON
Parade
Tunbridge Wells

Souvenir views:
“Calverley Park & Hotel, Tunbridge Wells”
“The Toad Rock, Tunbridge Wells”
 
  S. MATON
China Rooms
Salisbury

Souvenir views:
“Poultry Cross”
“Salisbury Cathedral”
“Stonehenge”
“The Castle of Old Sarum / In the Time of King Stephen”
 
H. MILLER
China & Glass Depot
Seaton

Souvenir views:
“Seaton”
 
  T. MILLER
Tunbridge

Souvenir views:
“Grammar School, Tunbridge, Kent” (Davenport)
 
  MORRIS
Lymington

Souvenir views:
“The Needles, Isle of Wight”
 
  NEWINGTON & Co.
York

Souvenir views:
“N.W. View of York Minster”
“St. Mary’s Abbey, York”

 
  Samuel PAUL
Lyme Regis

Souvenir views:
“Lyme from the Holme Bush / A Present from Lyme” (Davenport)
 
  M. PIKE
Great Yarmouth

Souvenir views:
“Yarmouth Beach” (Davenport)
 
JOHN RANDALL & SON
China Merchant
Rochester

Souvenir views:
“Rochester Castle and Pavilion”
 
  E. REEVES
Strand
Exmouth

Souvenir views:
“Exmouth from the Sea”
 
  C. RING
Clifton and Bristol

Souvenir views:
“Clifton” (Davenport)
 
  W. SABIN
Stratford-on-Avon

Souvenir views:
“Avon Bank, Stratford-on-Avon” (Davenport)
 
  SAVAGE
Wells

Souvenir views:
“Wells Cathedral”
 
M. SCRAGG
Tenbury

Souvenir views:
“Pump Room & Baths, Tenbury Wells”
Ill: Henderson 12 (mug)
  H. SHEPPARD
Pyle Street
Newport
I. of W.

Souvenir views:
“Victoria’s Home / Osborne, I. of W.”
 
  I.D. SMITH
Braintree 

Souvenir views:
“Braintree Church / A Present from Braintree” (Davenport)
 
  J. SPICER
High West Street
Dorchester

Souvenir views:
“Corfe Castle”
Ill: Henderson 83a (mug)
  STEERE
Richmond

Souvenir views:
“Cholmondeley Walk, Richmond”
 
  WATSON
Salisbury
Souvenir views:
“Stonehenge, Wilts."
Ill: Henderson 93 (plate)
  WATSON & GODDEN
Salisbury
Souvenir views:
“Salisbury Cathedral”
“Stonehenge, Wilts.”

 
  H. WELLARD
Herne Bay

Souvenir views:
“Herne Bay”
Ill: Henderson 43a (spill vase)
T. WILMSHURST
Chichester

Souvenir views:
“Chichester Cathedral”
“Goodwood House” (Copeland)
“The Cross, Chichester” (Davenport)

Ill: Henderson 105 (plate)
  T. WOOD
83 West Street
King’s Road
Brighton

Souvenir views:
“Chain Pier, Brighton”
“West View of the Pavilion, Brighton”
 

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

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

Page created 20 January 2021. Last updated 8 March 2021.

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