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"Imperial Stone"

A group of stonewares, mostly with moulded bodies enhanced with sprigged decoration, are marked "Imperial Stone" on applied pad marks which usually feature a model or design number. The main effect comes from the sprigged decoration so the wares are (currently) ouside the scope of this website. However, the three designs listed below are exclusively or predominantly moulded.

The wares are now attributed to Machin & Potts of Burslem by virtue of a surviving pattern book which features several of the designs. The cover of the book is embossed "MACHIN & POTTS / WATERLOO CHINA WORKS / BURSLEM" but the designs are not numbered. Research into this group of wares is ongoing, but there are links to the same designs made in china and marked with model numbers within an oval pad.

Model 14 (not titled)
Design not published. A jug moulded with hunting scenes, copied from a design made by Wedgwood. This version has a sprigged border of scroll panels. One variant with a dolphin handle and different border sprigs was issued as Model 21 (see below).
Marks: applied pad mark "IMPERIAL / STONE" with model number 14

Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/31

Model 21 (not titled)
Design not published. The same moulded body as Model 14 above but with a dolphin handle and floral spray sprigs around the neck.
Marks: applied pad mark "IMPERIAL / STONE" with model number 21
   

Animal Hunting (not titled)
Design not published. A copy of the Phillips & Bagster jug but with a snake handle.
Marks: applied pad mark "IMPERIAL / STONE"

Credits: Dick Henrywood