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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.