Shelley (known as Wileman until the early 20th century) began producing beautiful china items in the 1820s. Based in Staffordshire, the pottery crafted thin yet strong china items. Smaller pieces, like cups and saucers, were made of bone china.

Shelley used thousands of different patterns, noted by number and sometimes by name. They also named each of their cup designs—for example, Bute, Dainty, and Ovide.

Shelley china has been marked with multiple different backstamps over the years, including (but not limited to) a "W" wearing a crown placed over a "C" with an ampersand in the middle (Wileman & Co.); the same image (only more detailed) with "The Foley China" above and "England" below; plain, simple text; and "Shelley" inside a shield, either in capital block letters or in an elaborate script.

The pottery continued production until 1966, when it was sold to Allied English Potteries.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Steve Birks' super deep site is a tribute to a bygone era, chronicling how a pottery center of excellence (they did… [read review or visit site]

The Bowes Museum: Ceramics

The Bowes Museum: Ceramics

This gallery showcases highlights from the 5,000 items in the museum's ceramics collection dating from 1500-1900. I… [read review or visit site]

Ceramics at The V&A

Ceramics at The V&A

A great reference on ceramics from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Learn about different ceramics techniques and st… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Rare Shelley Art Deco Advertising Figure The Shelley Girl Art Deco Shelley Mode Block Design China Tea Cup Saucer & Plate #a39Rare Shelley Art Deco Mabel Lucie Attwell Nursery Figures Our Pets Wileman Foley China - Cup Saucer Plate - Ivy Design 5045 - Empire Shape - C 1899 Wileman - Foley China Trio - Basket Of Flowers - Alexandra Shape 6237 - C.1890Wileman Foley Shelley. Stunning Rare Trio Daisy Shape Jungle Pattern C1893Very Rare Shelley Art Deco Tall Queen Anne Trio Corn And Poppies Rare Shelley Art Deco Queen Anne Shape Coffee Cup And Saucer Rare - Shelley Dainty White Fine China Tea Set Teapot Sugar Creamer - EnglandRare Shelley Art Deco Tall Queen Anne Trio Sheep And Cottage Vintage Shelley China Pansy Trio Cup Saucer & Plate Scalloped Side 138232 Fine Porcelain Shelley Cup And Saucer Trios Regal 13387 & Sheraton 13290Shelley 1927 Exquisite ' Queen Anne ' Balloon Tree Trio - PristineShelley Tea Cup And Saucer Floral & Black Teacup Ripon Shape 13582/24Wileman - Foley China Trio - Floral Chains 10057 - Court Shape - C. 1906 Rare Shelley Art Deco Tall Queen Anne Trio With Anemone Shelley China Heavenly Blue Dainty 4" Coffee Mug Htf Exc EnglandVintage Shelley China Pansy Trio Cup Saucer & Plate Fluted Side 13823Rare Shelley Art Deco Mode Shape Coffee Cup And Saucer Cornflower Shelley Art Deco Queen Anne Bunch Of Grapes Rare Coffee Pot Truley Stunning Rare Shelley Art Deco Mode Shape Coffee Pot Cornflower Shelley China Dainty Chintz 4" Coffee Mug Htf Exc EnglandAntique Foley Wileman Shelley Empire Imari Trio 1892 To 1911 Cup Saucer PlateShelley China Dainty Rosebud 4" Coffee Mug Htf Exc England Rose BudShelley China Blue Rock Dainty 4" Coffee Mug Htf Exc EnglandWileman - Foley China Trio - Japan Pattern 3725 - Alex Shape - C.1890Dainty Yellow Shelley Teacup And Saucer In Excellent Never Used ConditionVintage Shelley China Daffodil Time Trio Cup Saucer & Plate Fluted Side 13370Vintage Shelley Tea Cup & Saucer Pink White 11770/34Shelley Fine Bone China Dainty Blue Teapot With Lid Rd 272101 Mint Condition!Shelley Blue Rock Bone China Tea Set Pot Sugar Creamer & DemitasseRare Shelley Art Deco Queen Anne Trio Fruit Boarder 6 Beautiful Shelley Porcelain Cups & Saucers ~ Begonia ~ DaintyShelley - Green Sheraton - Two Cups Saucers And PlatesShelley Blue Rock Coffee Set Pot With Lid 6 Cups & SaucersPre Shelley Foley Wileman Coffee Can Far And Sure Golfing Cup Miniature #2 RareWileman Cup Saucer And Plate - Margarette Pattern 4011 - Lily Shape - C. 1889Rare Pre Shelley, Wileman Foley, Alexandra Pattern Trio (rd60650) - 1884 - 1887.Shelley Fine Bone China Shamrocks Cream & Sugar Set English ChinaShelley - Dainty Blue - Cup And Saucer - Pair (2) - Stunning!Vintage Dainty Green Shelley Teacup And Saucer Fine Bone China Model 052Shelley English Bone China Tea Set Shelley Art Deco Mode Shaped Blue Crocus Coffee Cup & Saucer StunningShelley/ Wileman Alexander Shaped Gold Asters Tea China Truly StunningVintage Shelley Dainty Pink 051/p Cup Green Stamp Shelley Fine Bone China Cup And SaucerShelley China Dainty Shaped Miniature Cup And Saucer.Wileman Cup Saucer And Plate - 6887 Japan Pattern - Daisy Shape - C. 1895Vintage Shelley Bone China Blue Rock 1/4 Lb Stick Covered Butter Dish EnglandShelley Dainty Blue Tab Handle Cake Plate - MintShelley Dainty Blue Bone China Cup & SaucerShelley Rose Pansy Forget Me Not White Tea Cup Saucer Set Bone China #13424Shelley Bone China Footed Cup Pink Flowers--no Saucer Very Rare Shelley Art Deco Chintz Kent Shape Trio Rose Pansy For-get-me-not Antique Art Nouveau Shelley Iris Argyle Shape English Bone China TrioVintage Shelley Oleander Teacup & Saucer Set, Chintz Pastel Florals Yellow GoldEichwald Secessionist Arts & Crafts Table Centre Fruit Bowl Rare Amazing3 Shelley Dainty Cups & Saucer - Dainty Blue, Rose & Red Daisy, Red RosesShelley 1927 Exquisite ' Queen Anne ' Balloon Tree Milk Jug - PristineBeautiful Vintage English Shelley Begonia Mustard Pot