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Graham Oliver

Article first published in the Northern Ceramic Newsletter, issue 147, September 2007.







































Articles by Graham Oliver

The Holmes Pottery

Recently, from a antiques centre in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, I purchased thirteen pieces from a dinner service, comprising ten large dinner plates, two platters and one stilton stand (figure 1) and although a fairly simple pattern it is typical of earthenware from most factories of that period.
What make this unusual is that all the 13 pieces are superbly marked (figure 2) with the full name of pattern and registration date (May 1871).
This is most uncommon as in 15 years I have only seen a very small number of marked examples, the majority of which are in Rotherham museum.
I also illustrate from my collection a sepia jug with a printed mark JJ and CO Falconry (figures 3 and 4). In Yorkshire Pots and Potteries (H. Lawrence, David and Charles, 1974) by
 Heather Lawrence she states that very little was marked and such pieces are rarely seen and that the name of the pattern was incorporated with the maker's mark, as is the case with the items dealt with in this paper.
The pottery was built by a Thomas Jarvis around 1850 in Psalter Lane, Holmes a short distance from the centre of Rotherham. Greaves and Ernshaw ran the pottery for the first 4 years 1850-1854;
Dickinson and Jackson 1854-1860; John Jackson and Co., 1860-1887; George Shaw and sons 1887-1909 then from 1909 until 1931 when the works closed down it was George Shaw and Sons Ltd., and the works stood empty for some years before demolition.

At the time of the items illustrated, the pottery was run by Mr John Jackson who was born in 1818 at Greasborough and upon leaving school was apprenticed to the Bramelds at the Swinton works. He was apparently involved in the production of the legendry dessert service made for William the fourth. When the works closed John went to work as manager at the Don Pottery before moving to the Holmes pottery around 1860, and in 1871 the pottery was purchased by John Jackson, and George Shaw from 1875. John suffered from ill health and died in July 1880.
















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