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Dating original Cornish Kitchenware
from T. G. Green est. 1864
Blue banded pottery was a well-established
feature of pottery in Britain throughout the nineteenth
century. The origins of the Cornish name lie firmly with
T. G. Green, who have been producing the Cornish range of
blue and white striped pottery since the 1920s. Although
this style has become synonymous with the South West, it
has, in fact always been made at T. G. Green's Church Gresley
pottery in Staffordshire, which dates back to the 1790s.
While there have been many inferior copies of the Cornish
pottery style over the years, the T. G. Green products are
the originals, and continue to be manufactured to this day.
Here we present a collection of original Backstamps that may help you date any existing items in your Cornishware collection. The list extends over 3 pages:
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The plates, bowls and cups in their crockery range have become treasured
collectors items. Exactly why T. G. Green gave the Cornish name to its range
is uncertain, but the legend that their south of England representative
named it after 'the blue of the Cornish Skies and the white crests of the
waves ' is certainly appealing. This tradition was maintained by the pottery
in its advertising material - a Cornish Ware leaflet produced by T. G. Green
in 1938 for the retail trade includes the heading 'Blue of the Atlantic
- White of the Cornish Clouds - Glisten of the Sea - What Woman Could Resist
such Beauty in her Kitchen'.
Pottery making in South Derbyshire - Although the tradition of pottery manufacture
in South Derbyshire extends back to Roman times, few wares can be positively
linked to the region until the medieval period. Encaustic tile production
on a large scale was carried out at Repton in the 14 century, and the remains
of a kiln were excavated on the site in 1866. More diverse were the wares
associated with Ticknall where the earliest production records date from
the late 16th century. Dishes, jugs, candlestick holders and figures in
a dark or red or brown body decorated with white or black slip are typical.
However, the major development of the South Derbyshire ceramic industry
did not take place until the end of the 18th century. The home of T. G.
Green pottery, is in Pool Street in the pre Doomsday Book parish of Church
Gresley, where the pottery works were founded in 1790.
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