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can advise that items of this nature are recorded in the Wedgwood pattern books (the C4 pattern book dating to the 1920s) – and it would appear that at the time the Wedgwood factory (which was based then at Etruria – we moved to Barlaston in 1940), was producing not only tea wares in Black Basalt with various Canadian crests, but was also making pin trays and match boxes. A wide range of crests featured on such wares including those of Hamilton, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Halifax, Quebec, Niagara Falls etc. Similar items can be found in the publication - ‘Wedgwood Ceramics 1846-1959. A New Appraisal’ which was written by Maureen Batkin, and published by Richard Dennis (then of London). This book is still in print, and most libraries tend to carry a copy for either loan purposes, or consultation in the reference section. The reference you need to quote to your library is ISBN 0 903685 11 6.
Black Basalt is a fine-grained black stoneware body developed by Josiah Wedgwood I (1730-95) around 1768. Wedgwood himself said of it that ‘The Black is Sterling and will last forever’ – a true enough prediction in as much as certain items have been produced in this particular ceramic body in recent times.
I hope you find these brief details to be of help.
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