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Post by Howard Lincoln Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:07 am

I picked up 2 pieces of pottery today marked 'Terraton England' to the base with a registration number,  516493. I have trawled the Web and found only one reference to a bowl sold at auction by Adam Partridge in 2014. Has anyone come across the mark before? Is it a company or type of pottery? Any help appreciated.

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Post by studio-pots Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:28 pm

The registration number is for 1907 but I've never seen the mark before.

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Post by denbydump Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:13 pm

Terraton will be a trade/design name and the Rd No may have registered the name.
Langley mill used names  for their domestic and cookware ranges such as:
"Mycovera" "Hot-spot" and "Dura"

The general design is so similar, and contemporary, with Langley "Lovique" ware
and also Burton stoneware, but looks to be terracotta, so neither of those.

Gibson's also did similar wares, the beading being typical.

I wonder if it could even be Torquay.
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Post by Howard Lincoln Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:05 am

Thanks for the feedback. The 1907 reg date is interesting - I had around 1910 in my mind given the design of the jug in particular.

While I'd love there to be a Derbyshire link (my home county) I would agree with terracotta. The jug is very delicate to the point that I'm amazed it has survived at all. The pieces are quite small by the way with the jug standing just over 3" tall. I'll pursue the Torquay suggestion and get back if I learn any more.
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Post by Mordeep Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:25 am

Watcombe are known for a similar smudged mark and the design would fit in with their out put. So possibly a range for a specific retailer? The Torquay society website as lots of images you could compare.
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Post by Howard Lincoln Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:29 pm

It seems these may remain a mystery. I checked out the pots with the Torquay Collectors but not much more information. Except that someone mentioned that Terraton is a surname from the area.
Thanks for the responses.
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Post by denbydump Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:46 pm

It is from West Hallam pottery, Derbyshire. Likely 1920s/1930s.
Id'd in a new book on the pottery by Kerry Fisher.
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Post by denbydump Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:37 pm

They did also produce "Motto" ware, almost indistinguishable from Torquay ware.
Kerry Fisher did point out the cross on the "t" on a piece I had, meaning it was likely
to be West Hallam, and not Torquay.

Erewash museum had a small display of West Hallam wares, but rather poorly lit
and labelled. They did do some rather nice (umarked) Art pottery not unlike Bretby.
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