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he object of a ceramic trade mark is to enable at least the retailer to know the name of the manufacturer of the object, so that re-orders, etc., can be correctly addressed.
In the case of the larger firms the mark also has publicity value and shows the buyer that the object was made by a long-established firm with a reputation to uphold; such clear name marks as Minton, Wedgwood, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Worcester are typical examples.
Mintons was a major ceramics manufacturing company, originated with Thomas Minton (1765–1836) the founder of "Thomas Minton and Sons", who established his pottery factory in Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England, in 1793, producing earthenware.
He formed a partnership, Minton & Poulson, c.1796, with Joseph Poulson who made bone china from c.1798 in his new near-by china pottery.
Before c1805 pattern numbers would usually be 'No 123' or 'N 123'; after c1805 numbers usually changed to ':123' or '.123' Thomas Minton c.1796 Minton and Poulson c.1796-1800 Minton, Poulson and Pounall c.1800 Minton Poulson and Co.
c.1801-2 Minton and Poulson c.1802-8 (second time) Thomas Minton c.1809-17 Thomas Minton and Sons c.1817-27 Thomas Minton and Son c.1824 Thomas Minton (second time) c.1824-36 Minton and Boyle c.1836-41 Herbert Minton and Co.
On his death, Minton was succeeded by his son Herbert Minton (1793–1858) who developed new production techniques and took the business into new fields, notably including decorative encaustic tile making, through his association with leading architects and designers including Augustus Pugin and, it is said, Prince Albert.
Minton entered into partnership with Michael Hollins in 1845 and formed the tile making firm of Minton, Hollins & Company, which was at the forefront of a large newly developing market as suppliers of durable decorative finishes for walls and floors in churches, public buildings, grand palaces and simple domestic houses.
Minton from 1796 and during its nearly two hundred year history, has been a very important Stoke firm that has traded under various styles.
By using the information below you can find the date a design was registered. Remember this date is just when the design was registered.
An item with a registry mark or number could have been produced before (less likely as the design would not be protected), or after the date of the registry mark.
From c1798 production included bone china from his partner Joseph Poulson's near-by china pottery.
China production ceased c1816 following Joseph Poulson's death in 1808, recommencing in a new pottery in 1824.
This protects both collectors and the companies who registered the marks.