Going back to the beginning with Royal Standard china

Having had a slight hiatus in my blog writing (apologies about that!), I thought I’d get back into the swing of things with going back to the reason why I started the blog in the first place: to celebrate the many potteries that made such lovely pieces of English fine china and to share pictures and information about the different patterns and designs.

I have written about a number of the potteries already but there are still lots that I’ve not featured.  To give myself a challenge I thought I’d continue my history of English fine bone china with a company that owned a number of different brand names over the years, Chapmans Longton Ltd.

Royal Standard vintage china flower tea cups, saucers and plates

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were three different Chapman potteries. One of them was the fore founder of the Hudson and Middleton potteries (Chapman & Sons).  The second one I can’t really find anything much about it apart from it was called D Chapman & Sons and ran from 1882 to 1902. The third one was Chapmans Longton Ltd, which was owned by Thomas C Wild and William Thomas Chapman.

Royal Standard vintage china tea cups

The pottery was run from the Albert Works, which was where Royal Albert china was original made.  This was because Thomas Wild and his family owned Royal Albert china and they were at the heart of the pottery industry in the early twentieth century.  By the 1920s, Thomas owned or was involved in over ten pottery businesses.  Here’s a useful timeline charting Thomas Wild’s companies.

A picture of a Royal Standard vintage English china teapot

Through Chapmans, Thomas Wild and William Chapman produced Royal Standard china.  It was originally called Standard China from about 1916 to 1930 and then became known as Royal Mayfair between 1938 and 1941.  The brand name that was the most well-known and definitely the one that I’m most familiar with is Royal Standard which was used from around 1949.

A picture of a vintage Royal Standard Harry Wheatcroft plate

We have bought quite a large number of Royal Standard tea sets and also cake plates since we started the shop, some of which I’ve shown in this post.  The china always seems to be good quality with a very fine feel to it.  The patterns and shapes are wide-ranging including fluted-style tea cups and more stout bulbous cups, hand painted flower scenes and smaller flower transfer prints.

A picture of a vintage Royal Standard Harry Wheatcroft tea set

It’s been nice looking through previous pictures as there have been so many pieces, which have been sent all over the world, Kansas, Central Java, Singapore, Italy to name just a few places.  If you have any Royal Standard pieces I’d love to see them – feel free to send me some links of your pictures if you’d like to share them.

Rach x

A picture of a three tier cake stand from vintage Royal Standard English china

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14 responses to “Going back to the beginning with Royal Standard china

  1. Hi Rach. Thanks for this great information on Chapman’s. I collect china and I also sell it on eBay. I’ve come across many nice Royal Standard sets (and one pre ‘Royal’ Standard set) here in the UK. One thing I’d like to know. I have some items that have the post 1946 mark, and while they are definitely vintage items, I cannot find out anything more definite about them other than they’re post 1946. I can’t find any dates for the patterns. I can’t even find out if Royal Standard is still in operation, or if not, when they ceased to produce china. Do you know any of this information? I’d REALLY appreciate whatever you can tell me. Thanks!

  2. One more thing…on the Royal Albert timeline you gave (thanks; I’d seen this before but didn’t make the connection with Chapman’s) it says ” 1966 – closure of Chapmans (Longton) Ltd and Shore & Coggins Ltd.” Does this include Royal Standard? So, in other words, is a post-1946 stamp somewhere between 1946-1966? Also, do you happen to know when the ‘Garland’ pattern was first made?

  3. Hi Lynn, thanks for your comments. I’m glad that you found my post helpful! The only additional information I found out is that Royal Doulton took over Chapmans Longton Ltd sometime around 1969, which I think would have included Royal Standard. I don’t know whether this means that the Royal Standard stamp stopped being used at this time or whether RD still used the earlier stamp in later years.

    I’m afraid we don’t know when the ‘Garland’ pattern was first made. For some patterns, it seems to be really difficult to find out when they were first made!

    If you find out any additional info, it would be great to hear!

  4. thankyou for this information, i have recently been given several Royal Standard teacups and saucers from a dear elderly friend whose life we celebrate today as we say goodbye to her. I am familiar with Royal Albert and Royal Doulton and now know the background for the Royal Standard brand as well.

  5. A very useful blog…. I have a few pieces of Royal Standard and I love every one of the patterns x Royal Albert have a brilliant pattern site ….could we not get together and make a similar one for Royal Standard ??

    • Hi Amanda, thanks for your comment! Glad you found my blog helpful. I like your idea about a Royal Standard info page. I’m in the middle of moving house at the moment but once I get myself sorted I’ll have a proper think and get in touch! Rachel

      • Hi, I just wondered if you were considering doing the pattern page? I have just been left a stunning Royal Standard Tea set by my Nan. However I cannot find the pattern anywhere having looked on all the goggle sites. I would love any help you could give as I was born in the potteries and this is where my Nan lived all her life so I would love to find out the history.

      • Hi there, a pattern page is a really nice idea and it would be something that I would love to do if I have the time. You’re right, it can be difficult to find the pattern names for many tea sets partly because there were so many sets made. If you send us a picture of your tea set (nancysteashop@gmail.com) we could take a look in case we’ve ever had that pattern before and possibly might recognise it. Rachel

  6. Hi I have a royal standard fine bone china tea set in pink white and gold with the number 2515 I cannot find anything about this so would be greatful for any help

    • Hi Maggie, Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we don’t have any information about this set either. Maybe you could try seeing if there’s any information from the potteries museum in Stoke-on-Trent? Sorry we can be of any help. Rachel

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