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Counterfeit Wedgewood Fruit Basket Bowl 1840s

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I bought this last year from a local thrift shop for 10 bucks.

    And, this experience:

    "W. S. & Co. --->For counterfeiters the firm of W. S. & Co. undoubtedly were. Though this particular plate was no imitation of Wedgwood ware, their other productions often were. At Ghent, upon asking for "Wedgwood," I was offered a fine old cream-ware basket, printed with the willow-pattern in black, and marked -W. S. & Co.'s Wedgewood " ; the voluble dealer was terribly indignant with me (in FlemishFrench) when I told him it was a sham. There are pieces of this firm's counterfeiting, marked " Queen's, Ware " and " Queen's ware," a flat forgery of old Josiah Wedgwood's copyright in that term. No doubt the counterfeiters thought that by putting an " e " into "Wedgwood" they might escape the arm of the law, but they didn't ; I fancy the action taken against them in 1848 brought their misdoings to an end. Early in the nineteenth century a certain John Whalley, a practical potter from Staffordshire, went into partnership with William Smith, William Skinner, and George Skinner, at Stockton. In 1833 the style of the firm was " Messrs. J. Smith & Co., Stockton Pottery." A certain Henry Cowap is said to have belonged to the firm."


    1. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 8 years ago
      wonderful bowl
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 8 years ago
      It is a beautiful counterfeit, Bonnie, and thanks for sharing that story.
    3. sklo42 sklo42, 8 years ago
      Oh dear me.....dodgy goings on in home county!
    4. tigerchips tigerchips, 8 years ago
      There was another one called Wedgwood & Co (Ltd), a legit company since it's owners were called Wedgwood. It wasn't related to Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. It was renamed 'Enoch Wedgwood (Tunstall) Ltd'. Just to confuse you even more, that company was then taken over by the Wedgwood Group (Josiah Wedgwood & Sons)!

      I gave up trying to understand it when i found out about Ralph Wedgwood and this one you mentioned here.
    5. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      It's still a lovely bowl Bonny and in remarkable condition considering its age!

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