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The Bradbury partnerships

Bradbury, Anderson & Betteney appear in directories  between 1846 and 1850. Thereafter the firm became Bradbury, Mason & Bradbury in directories for 1850 and 1852 and then Anderson & Betteney from 1851 to 1856. There is some overlap which could be resolved through other records. Godden lists only Bradbury, Anderson & Bettanny [sic] with dates 1844-52. They all operated in Flint Street and at the Crown Pottery or Crown Works in Stafford Street, Longton. The firms do not appear to have used the design registration system but at least thirteen jug designs have been recorded, mostly white with lavender colouring.

The firms used initials BA & B or A & B (the latter clearly achieved by erasing the leading letter B) or the full name Bradbury, Mason & Bradbury. The Betteney surname often appears as Bettany in recent literature.

   

"Ariosto" / "Tasso" (not titled?) 
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/411

   

Babes in the Wood (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B
Illustrations: None

 
Cherubs (not titled)   
Design not registered. The same jug was made by Worthington & Green.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B
Illustrations: Hughes 2/70
Cleopatra's Needle (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/413

Feeding Time (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B or A & B
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/414

Foliate Flutes (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials A & B

 
Grapevine (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B
Illustrations: Hughes 2/69 and 2/150
 

Hunting Dogs (not titled)   
Design not registered. An unmarked example of this jug has been noted in glazed blue stoneware with a strainer spout.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "CROWN POTTERY" above and makers' full name "BRADBURY, MASON & BRADBURY" with "IRONSTONE CHINA" beneath.
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/416

 
Ino (not titled)   
Design not registered. The relevance of the title is not clear; Ino was a mortal queen in Greek mythology. The same jug was made by Cork & Edge and Edward Walley.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/412

Portland Vase (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B

Rebekah and Eliezer (not titled)
Design not registered. The example illustrated, missing its handle, is the only one known to this compiler.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials BA & B

 
Squirrel (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials A & B
 

Swan (not titled)   
Design not registered.
Marks: printed Royal arms with "PATENT" and initials A & B
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/415

Credits: Guy Loveday; Jim McAuliffe; Dreweatt-Neate, Newbury; Nyköpings Auktionsverk AB, Sweden