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Post by Thesigeng on July 8th 2010, 7:59 pm

I collected this a lot some years past.

Best known for their Chameleon Ware pots but there range is quite diverse.
Well known also for their square teapots or cubes, as used on cruise liners and trains. Also
their DUB - L - DEKR teapot, which is teapot on top of hot water jug.

I love this bowl and it's vibrant glaze. Indistinct backstamp but un doubtably 1930's. Round second design stamp.



A better known Chameleon ware vase, blue flame pattern, early 1930's.
Backstamp as first design stamp.




The numbers are representative of first digits = design then / and second digits = colour

There are known designs between 1 and 265 with gaps

Colour digits are 105 - green
113 - powder blue
116 - cobalt blue
117 - cream
125 - brown
127 - blue/grey, rarely seen
Therefore shown above is 11/113 number

11= flame 113 = powder blue

During the 1920's Egyptology was all the range so a range of "leather" bottle pots were produced.
This was circa 1926. These were known as Persian jugs and bottom stamped " Reproduction Old Persian"



There really is a lot to see and collect from Clews.

A good guide has been written by Hilary Calvert in her Chameleon Ware Art pottery Book.
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Post by Pip on July 9th 2010, 8:56 am

Great they're all nice but I *really* like the orange bowl at the top.

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Post by debbie on July 16th 2010, 8:34 pm

My Mum has a small collection of the Chamaeleon stuff. She has a lovely powder/sugar bowl-type piece with what looks like a china man on the lid, in blue.
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Post by dantheman on July 16th 2010, 8:46 pm

get snapping then Debbie,I love to see Chamaeleon ware

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Re: Clews Pottery Tunstall

Post by Thesigeng on July 16th 2010, 10:43 pm

dantheman wrote:get snapping then Debbie,I love to see Chamaeleon ware

Yeah, love to see it....
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Post by Davee on August 25th 2011, 12:00 am

Chameleon Ware vase


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Re: Clews Pottery Tunstall

Post by RJRISO on July 25th 2014, 4:39 pm

Greetings, all. We have a Cube, but it puzzles me a bit. I am new to this, so perhaps someone could enlighten me....

I presume it is a post-war piece, as there is no logo, just script. But I can't figure out if it was hotelware or a piece sold for domestic use. I would appreciate any clues about my Clews.
Thank you.
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Re: Clews Pottery Tunstall

Post by denbydump on July 25th 2014, 5:26 pm

What a lovely teapot. Never seen one like that. Many British potteries made "cube"
teapots. It must have been a very popular shape at the time.
Intersting it has US and british Patent numbers. Have you researched the US one, just
to see what it relates to? Should be easy as it's also dated.
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Post by RJRISO on July 25th 2014, 5:37 pm

denbydump - The US Patent is just Robert Crawford Johnson's basic patent for the Cube shaped "Teapot, Coffee Pot and Like Vessel" - the application was dated 11/5/1917, granted 5/31/1921.
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Re: Clews Pottery Tunstall

Post by denbydump on July 25th 2014, 5:44 pm

Good research, so was that to prevent US companies from copying the design?
It is certainly a pre-war item


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Post by RJRISO on July 25th 2014, 5:47 pm

That is correct. It is essentially a duplicate of the British Patent, and obtained for the same purpose.
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Re: Clews Pottery Tunstall

Post by denbydump on July 25th 2014, 5:59 pm

I'll try to unearth one I have (i think Royal Winton) and take some pix.
T.G.Green pottery also made many teapots and sets in this Deco design.
Not sure if they were specifically "hotel ware" or just domestic production,
probably both.
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