Posted 4 years ago
Here are eight of my "ASTRA" cabochons or roundels. They have an impressed mark on the reverse.
Not much is available on the net about these cabochons. It seems they are getting rarer these days. These eight are part of a collection of 76 that I have. You often see these cabochons in silver mounts as brooches. They were also used on metal articles as well: pewter, silver and copper.
These "Astras" were produced to compete with the cabochons produced by the Ruskin pottery of William Howson Taylor. There were also examples created by Moorcroft and by the Kensington Art Ware Pottery in the early 1900's.
Astra wares were produced by the tile making arm of Mintons called Minton Hollis.
Cabochons come in a variety of shapes. You see some which are very small star shapes that were placed on the dials of art nouveau clocks. I've just put a few of them here together to show the variety of glaze effects. They were all fired on little stilts within the kiln.
If you have any other information about Astra roundels I'd appreciate your input.