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.

Llanelly pottery plate with painting of a stork Wales circa 1900

Reference: 2835

A very rare Lanelly Pottery blue and white hand decorated plate with an image of a heron standing amongst bull rushes. The reverse of the plate is marked LLANELLY. A very rare example from this factory.

Pair of Staffordshire porcelaineous figures of Lions with Lambs. English circa ...

A fine pair of Lions and lambs seated on bases from the works of John and Rebecca Lloyd of Shelton Staffordshire. The work from the Lloyds is the best of its type in Staffordshire during the 19th century. Their attention to detail of the modelli...

Dimensions: 3.75 inch high 4.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5728.5 (US Dollars)


Reference: 2725

A rare Staffordshire pottery money box in the form of a house. A charming piece with squirrels perched on the roof adding a touch of whimsy. A most unusual form , previously unrecorded in any of the standard references. Mid 19th century antique...

Dimensions: 8 inch high 6 inch wide 9 inch deep

Price: gbp 1250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2137.5 (US Dollars)

Victorian period pottery show warmer with Royal Patent mid 19th century

Reference: 2655

A very rare English pottery "Boot or Shoe Warmer" with fine aesthetic type decorations. The boot is a complete example with its separate heal. The insciption around Queen Victoria's Royal Crest reads "By Her Majesty's Royal Letters Patent..........

Dimensions: 11 inch high

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2992.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery Monkey Band figures a trio.circa1840

Reference: 2440

A rare trio of antique Staffordshire pottery Monkey Band figures dating to the c1840 period. The figures are comically modeled playing a trumpet, cymbals and a cello. The design of these figures originated at the Meissen Factory in Germany in th...

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4189.5 (US Dollars)

Pair of Scottish pottery figures at seated cats with gold collars. c1880 period.

Reference: 2113

A very good pair of figures of seated white cats with gilt decoration to their collars and coats. Scottish pottery. One of the best pairs of these felines I have ever seen.

Dimensions: 13 inch high

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4189.5 (US Dollars)

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