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Cork & Edge
Cork, Edge & Malkin
Edge, Malkin & Co.

Cork & Edge are listed at Burslem in directories from 1846 to 1860. Thereafter the partnership became Cork, Edge & Malkin, listed from 1860 through to 1869, then Edge & Malkin for a short period before it became Edge, Malkin & Co. in directories from 1872 through to at least 1900. Godden dates Cork & Edge to 1846-60, Cork, Edge & Malkin to 1860-71, and Edge Malkin & Co. to 1871-1903.

Cork & Edge have some significance in the field of relief-moulded jugs due to their exhibit at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855. The products they displayed appear on two pages of a catalogue to the British section at the exhibition, featuring twenty-one different jugs and five teapots, all illustrated with their names:

Catalogue Page 1 (click on image to enlarge) Catalogue Page 2 (click on image to enlarge)

These illustrations are discussed in some detail in Henrywood RMJ, an enigma being that at least eight of the jug designs and one of the teapots were made by other potters and are not known marked by Cork & Edge. A likely conclusion is that Cork & Edge were exhibiting at Paris not only their own wares but as agents for the others potters. As a result, the jugs listed below include only those which have been recorded with Cork & Edge marks. The most common mark during the Cork & Edge period was a printed royal arms with the words "PATENT MOSAIC" above (inappropriate but probably referring to Richard Boote's patent of 1843). Jugs intended for the US market have a printed American eagle mark with the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and a trade name "PEARL WHITE IRONSTONE". The jugs made by Cork, Edge & Malkin all have registration diamond marks.

The sequence in which known Cork & Edge jugs appeared is not known so they are entered in alphabetical order below. Their successors Cork, Edge & Malkin registered four jug designs in 1861, 1864, 1868 and 1870, and Edge Malkin & Co. registered at least four more jugs, in 1872, 1874, 1876 and 1878. They are entered in date order below.

Babes in the Wood (not titled)
Design not registered.
Marks: printed American eagle with "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "PEARL WHITE / IRONSTONE' and maker's name "CORK & EDGE"
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/451; Henrywood RMJ/228; Hughes 1/129; Hughes 2/102

"Botanic"
Design not registered.
Marks: moulded ribbon inscribed "BOTANIC / CORK AND / EDGE"
Illustrations: Hughes 2/103

"Delhi Tea Set"
Design not registered. The tea set consist of teapot, sugar box, cream jug and slop bowl.
Marks: other pieces in set with moulded Staffordshire knot inscribed “DELHI / TEA SET / CORK AND / EDGE”

 
Flower Spray (not titled)
Design not registered
Marks: printed royal arms with "PATENT MOSAIC" and maker's name

 
Flower Swirl (not titled)
Design not registered.
Marks: printed royal arms with "PATENT MOSAIC" and maker's name
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/455

 

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 Bradbury, Anderson & Bettany and Edward Walley.
Marks: printed royal arms with "PATENT MOSAIC" and maker's name
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/228; Hughes 1/128 (unmarked)

"Keeper's Daughter"
Design not registered.
Marks: moulded circular mark inscribed "CORK & EDGE / KEEPERS DAUGHTER"
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/453

Lilies of the Valley (not titled)
Design not registered
Marks: printed royal arms with "PATENT MOSAIC" and maker's name
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/452

 
"Peace and Plenty"
Design not registered.
Marks: printed royal arms with "PATENT MOSAIC" and maker's name
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/229-30; Hughes 2/104

Resting Cherub (not titled)
Design not registered.
Marks: printed royal arms with "PATENT MOSAIC" and maker's name

Stag (not titled)
Design not registered
Marks: printed American eagle with "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "PEARL WHITE / IRONSTONE' and maker's name "CORK & EDGE"
Illustrations: ???
 
Basketweave (not titled)
Design registered on 31 May 1861, Parcel 3, Number 141114, by Cork, Edge & Malkin of Burslem.
Marks: applied registration diamond with initials CE&M on a ribbon beneath
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/454; Hughes 2/157

 

Palm (not titled)
Design registered on 31 October 1864, Parcel 3, number 180569, by Cork, Edge & Malkin of Burslem. The Design Registry entry refers to it as "The Palm jug".
Marks: moulded registration diamond

Jim McAuliffe has identified the source for the design as a Berlin silk panel designed by Professer Bötticher and made by M. Gabain of Berlin. The jug modeller would have worked from an engraving, almost certainly the one which appeared in The Art-Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of All Nations (1851)

"Ruth"
Design registered on 25 November 1868, Parcel 4, number 224724, by Cork, Edge & Malkin of Burslem. A variant without the cut-away feet may be a later, simplified issue.
Marks: printed registration diamond
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/231; Hughes 1/182; Rumsey 214-15

"Medallion"
Design registered on 22 July 1870, Parcel 1, Number 243385, by Cork, Edge & Malkin of Burslem.
Marks: printed registration diamond with title above and maker's initials "C.E.&M. / B" beneath
Illustrations: Hughes 1/186

 
Not yet titled
Design registered on 1 January 1872, Parcel 6, Number 259077, by Edge, Malkin & Co. of Burslem.
Marks: not yet known
Illustrations: Hughes 2/p.106
   
"Trentham"
Design registered on 17 June 1874, Parcel 7, Number 283041, by Edge, Malkin & Co. of Burslem.
Marks: printed registration diamond with title above and maker's initials "E.M.&Co. / B" beneath
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/456

Not yet titled
Design registered on on 21 October 1876, (Parcel 1 or 3), Number 304473, by Edge, Malkin & Co. of Burslem.
Marks: not yet known
Illustrations: Hughes 2/p.108
   
"Tuscan"
Design registered on 4 November 1878, Parcel 1, Number 328699, by Edge, Malkin & Co. of Burslem.
Marks: printed registration diamond with dog trade mark, title, and maker's initials above

   

Credits: Max Beaumont Fine Art & Consultancy; Ken Carter; C. Cassidy; Howard Crane; David Gallacher; Dick Henrywood; Guy Loveday; Jim McAuliffe; John Melhuish; Patrick Rowe; Tara Saunders; Dreweatt-Neate, Newbury