Dating aynsley china marks
Hugh Irving, who had been in active control of the business for many years, became sole proprietor in September 1927, when the partnership was dissolved and Herbert Aynsley retired.In 1930, the Company became known as Paragon China Limited.Many ot the backstamps listed here are detailed in Geoffrey 'A Goddens Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks' and 'Encyclopaedia of British Porcelain Manufacturers' where that author gives an indication of when new styles were introduced.These estimates are thought to have been based on information gathered from the Pottery Gazette Diary.Irving subsequently joined his father-in-law as a partner in the Star China Company when Illingworth retired in 1910.Such was the popularity of Paragon China that in 1919 the company decided to change its name and in 1920 became The Paragon China Company.A list of the Royal Warrants of Appointment granted is shown below.
Backstamps are essentially trade marks, the main purpose of which is to indicate the manufacturer of a piece of china. The partners were initially Herbert James Aynsley, John Gerrard Aynsley and William Illingworth. This company began production at the St Gregory's Works, Gregory Street in Longton in the last few years of the 19th century and moved to the Atlas Works, Sutherland Road, Longton in March 1903.Changes in these trade marks recorded from time to time enable collectors to estimate the approximate date of manufacture of an item.In the UK, a trade mark can be registered with the Patent Office to ensure that the manufacturer has sole right to its use.