Shelley Potteries, situated in Staffordshire, was earlier known as Wileman & Co. which had also traded as The Foley Potteries. The first Shelley to join the company was Joseph Ball Shelley in 1862 and in 1896 his son Percy Shelley became the sole proprietor, after which it remained a Shelley family business until 1966 when it was taken over by Allied English Potteries. Its china and earthenware products were many and varied although the major output was table ware. In the late Victorian period the Art Nouveau style pottery and Intarsio ranges designed by art director Frederick Alfred Rhead were extremely popular but Shelley is probably best known for its fine bone china “Art Deco” ware of the inter-war years and post-war fashionable tea ware…
Very cute 1936 Golden Jubilee teacup. Currently for sale on ebay (which ironically, does not ship to Canada!):
One Aynsley Bone China Tea Cup made in England. It shows a beautiful panorama of Vancouver in 1886 (trees and a few homes made of logs) to a panorama of Vancouver in 1936 (a vast metropolis). It is very light. Delicate almost in its transparency. I have had this cup in my collection for years. Signed “Photo Arts Ltd.”
Looking for one of these locally? Try the traveling flea market circuit here!
Main Diversion Entrance, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada; vintage transferware souvenir of Stanley Park from Gray’s Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, England via ebay. Gray’s Pottery operated from 1907 to 1962, when it was sold and became Portmeirion Pottery. The image appears to be based on the postcard seen here, which might be from the 1930s, based on the era of the vehicles.
The entranceway to Stanley Park was reconfigured in 1926 to create the pedestrian promenade seen here. Designed by sculptor Charles Marega, the walkway was constructed with concrete mixed with sea sand, sadly resulting in a deteriorating, unsalvageable structure.
Vancouver hotelware logos and vintage china from the Neumann Collection [images collaged/enhanced].
Yet another souvenir plate. This one is made especially for the Hudson’s Bay Company by Johnson Brothers of England, which joined the Wedgwood Group in 1968. I particularly like how this multilayered image succeeds as a collage decades before the Photoshop era. This would also be a fun plate to use for red beets and mashed potatoes. Currently for sale on ebay.