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William Hackwood

William Hackwood is listed at Eastwood, Hanley, in directories between 1828 and 1841. He appeared there previously in a partnership as Hackwood, Dimmock & Co.. He went on to pot with his son Thomas at the New Hall works in Shelton – William Hackwood & Son (listed 1846-50) becoming Thomas Hackwood (listed from1851 to 1856), and then Cockson & Harding.

Only three moulded jugs have yet been recorded, all apparently dating from the earlier William Hackwood period. The firm used a numbering system for transfer-printed patterns and two of the moulded jugs also bear design numbers, presumably from a different sequence since No.26 is known for both a jug and a printed pattern. The design number appears in a moulded scroll mark, almost certainly inspired by a very similar Minton mark, to the extent of an initial beneath the scroll, with H for Hackwood replacing the cursive M for Minton.

"No.20"
Design not published or registered.
Marks: moulded scroll with "No.20" and initial H; also impressed "HACKWOOD"
Illustrations: Hughes 2/24

"No.26"
Design not published or registered.
Marks: moulded scroll with "No.26" and initial H; also impressed "HACKWOOD"
Illustrations: none

Waterlily (not titled)
Design not published or registered. A popular jug, also made by Samuel Alcock & Co., Worthington & Green, and possibly Cork & Edge.
Marks: impressed "HACKWOOD"
Illustrations: none

Credits: Mike Bradnum; Dick Henrywood; collection of Miles Schmidt