John Howard
The Antique English Pottery Specialist
Heritage, 6 Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1TA | +44 (0)1993 812580 | +44 (0)7831 850544
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Victorian Staffordshire Figures

C1840- 1890

The 19th century saw a massive expansion of the population in Britain a country at the height of its power due to the impact of the industrial revolution and successful military and naval campaigns.

The demand for decorative and functional ceramics was supplied in the main by hundreds of factories in the Staffordshire area and at other major locations such as Portobello and Glasgow in Scotland, Yorkshire, South Wales at Swansea and Llanelli, North East England in Newcastle on Tyne and Sunderland and other provincial factories dotted around the UK.

Our main specialisation from this period is Staffordshire and Scottish animal figure groups. The iconic Staffordshire pottery spaniel has been produced in there thousands and we stock the very rarest and best examples ever produced especially the rarer canine figures of other breeds. We also specialise in the best examples of animal figures such as rabbits, leopards, lions and exotic birds.

Victorian Staffordshire figures are perhaps the most copied and reproduced today. The most frequent question we are encountered with is “ how can you tell a modern copy from an original Victorian example”.


  1. Colours used. Antique Staffordshire pottery has a fairly standard range of colours and it one should familiarise colours from authentic pieces. Beware of “wishy-washy”colours and, paradoxically; beware of extra bright colours also.
  2. Look at the material the item is made from, numerous figures are reproduced in a porcelain body when in fact the original was made in pottery. Many of the copies on the market today are made in China and are made with a crude porcelain body.
  3. If there is extensive crazing and staining it often denotes a modern piece. Antique examples do not usually have extensive crackleure.
  4. Some blue blotches (cobalt) in a thick lustrous glaze (lead) are usually a good sign.
  5. A chalky feel to the base, particularly to the rim is a bad sign and often denotes items produced in the 1960/70’s
  6. If the item is exceptionally heavy or light in weight it could signal the item is a copy. This is a judgement, which can be made after handling authentic antique pieces.
  7. Reproductions made from a mould from an original piece will be about 10% smaller than the original. (This is due to shrinkage in the firing process).
  8. Most figures dating from 1840 to 1880 are made by pressing two moulds together and this can be confirmed by the presence of a seam down the side of the item. Later items were made from a slip cast process (a modern technique) and there will be no seam join as these modern examples are made in one single form.
  9. A marked piece stating ”Made in England”, Genuine Staffordshire”,”Ye Olde Staffordshire” relate to items made in the 20th century.
  10. The gilt decoration applied to antique Victorian piece pre 1870 has a soft and realistic gold look. Later copies from the late 19th century to the present day have a harsh almost chromium look to the gilding.

Staffordshire pottery figure of a standing leopard, antique period mid 19thc Vic...

Reference: 3110

A good antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a leopard in the form of a spill vase. The figure is very well potted and modelled.

Dimensions: 6.50 inch high

Price: gbp 885.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1513.35 (US Dollars)

Emille Galle pottery figure of a rabbit circa 1900 period.

Reference: 3096

Antique pottery faience glazed pottery figure of a seated rabbit which is decorated with flowers and glass eyes.The rabbit is very lifelike and beautifully and appealingly modelled by the famous French Art Nouveau master Emille Galle who was loca...

Dimensions: 8 inch high

Price: gbp 3500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5985 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a black and white cat mid 19thc

Reference: 2956

A fine example of a Staffordshire black and white figure of a cat on a blue base. The black decoration is underglaze.

Dimensions: 5.75 inch high

Price: gbp 1150.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1966.5 (US Dollars)

Pair of antique English pottery money banks named and dated Walters Newton Stoc...

Reference: 2926

A rare pair of money boxes or banks each with two slots. They are decorated with flowers and leaves and were probably wedding gifts. The boxes bear the names of T.Walter Newton and Ellen.Walters Newton togther with Crown Hotel South Stockton 186...

Dimensions: 4 inch high 5.25 inch wide 4 inch deep

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2479.5 (US Dollars)

Antique pottery carpet balls Scottish mid 19th century

Reference: 2873

A set of antique pottery carpet balls with sponged decoration in various colors. The set comprises of 5 pairs and the illusive and rare white "Jack". Carpet bowling is an indoor game similar rules of crown green bowls apply....closest balls to t...

Price: gbp 875.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1496.25 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figures of rabbits munching leaves mid 19th centur...

Reference: 2853

Antique Staffordshire pottery figures of rabbits munching on leaves mid 19th century English. The figures are decorated with underglaze black and the leaves are two shades of green. These increasingly rare figures are one of the most appealing f...

Dimensions: 9 inch wide

Price: gbp 4750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8122.5 (US Dollars)

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