Posted 6 years ago
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."