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Royal Semi‐Porcelain Dinnerware: From Old England to New England
By Robin M. Tagliaferri Ferreira
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm,  Tamworth, NH

It may come as no surprise that there are plenty of connections to Old
England here in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Our region is, after all, New
England.

Here at the Museum and Farm, we have some interesting connections to the
West Midlands County of Staffordshire, a region widely acclaimed for its
production of pottery.

The eighteenth century saw the development of Staffordshire pottery from a
cottage industry to a major movement in industrial manufacturing. The
pottery was purchased by royalty, and also exported to the United States.

In the collection of the Captain Enoch Remick House, there is a set of Royal
Semi‐ Porcelain dinnerware, pictured above, originally owned by Emily Alice
Crafts Remick, mother of Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick. The set is decorated with
transfer designs of Autumn leaves, and it is evident that the dinnerware saw
happy and frequent use.

The surviving pieces of the set include 11 plates, 2 lunch plates, 2 dessert
plates, a tea cup saucer, platter, gravy boat, and an impressive four piece
soup tureen, complete with ladle.

The printed trade mark on the underside of the tureen, a crown and staff
resting on a pillow,identifies the manufacturer as John Maddock and
Sons, England. In the 1830’s, John Maddock (c.1807‐1877) founded a pottery
manufacturing firm on Newcastle Street the town of Burslem.

From 1855 to c. 1870, he operated the firm with his sons, John Jr. and James.
The firm continued producing pottery well into the early 1900’s, and it is
estimated that Mrs. Remick’s set was made between 1906 and 1927+.

Today, Burslem is a town in the English city of Stokeon‐ Trent, collectively
known as “The Potteries.” Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton alone
lay claim to over 1500 pottery firms, both past and present.

Antique collectors, art historians and experts in the decorative arts are still
captivated by the pottery of Staffordshire, a region equipped with natural
resources to make pottery: clay, salt for glazes, and coal to fire the Bottle
Kilns.

This article was written by Robin M. Tagliaferri Ferreira, Development
Officer, as it appeared in the Remick Farm Journal, a bi‐monthly publication
produced by the
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth, NH.
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