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J & G Meakin

ENGLISH WHITE IRONSTONE Small Antique Pitcher Circa 1890+

ENGLISH WHITE IRONSTONE Small Antique Pitcher Circa 1890+

Regular price $120.00 USD
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Lovely WHITE IRONSTONE PITCHER, circa 1890+ made by J & G Meakin of Staffordshire, England. The simple design is plain with no embellishments.

The pitcher is stamped with an early J & G Meakin trademark, featuring the Royal Arms with a lion rampant.  Above the Royal Arms are the words, Ironstone China and below is the location of the factory, Hanley, England. The pitcher is small measuring approximately 5" tall from base to top of handle and 5 ¼” from handle to spout.  The largest part of the bowl is about 4 ¼" across.

The piece is in wonderful condition with no cracks, crazing or stains. Although it does not appear to be a chip--there is an indent about ⅜" long on the bottom edge due to wear. The small pitcher would make a great addition to someone's white ironstone collection or farmhouse/country French decor. 

About Meakin Ironstone: The Meakin brothers, James and George, sons of James Meakin of Hanley, were master potters. In 1851 they opened a pottery firm to produce an inexpensive, plain, and durable "uniform hard white earthenware," called granite. After the end of the American Civil War, James, a shrewd businessman, saw potential in American imports. Within a decade, J & G Meakin had almost cornered the market of ironstone china in the United States. James Meakin passed his expertise on to his sons James and George, as well as sons Alfred, Charles and William. Moreover, James's son-in-law, Robert Johnson, was also a master potter, and it was his sons Henry, Robert, and Fred who established Johnson Brothers.

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