Foley bone china was first produced in 1872 at the Foley Pottery in Fenton, England by Wileman and Company. In 1925 Wileman and Company was reformed as Shelley Potteries. Between 1881 and 1903 the Foley potteries were shared by another company, Robinson and Sons, who also manufactured porcelain branded as Foley bone china but with the trademark "EB."Continue Reading
Robinson and Sons continued to manufacture porcelain at the Foley factory in Fenton into the 1960s under a different name: E. Brain and Company. In 1963 E. Brain became Coalport China. After the name change, the porcelain manufactured by the company was branded as Coalport instead of Foley. According to ChinaMiner, all of this was eventually bought up by the Royal Doulton Group.
To confuse the situation further, a completely different company at a different location also produced wares branded as Foley bone china between 1898 and 1940. This company, J Goodwin Stoddard, manufactured porcelain at King Street, Foley, located in Longton.
Pottery pieces can be easily identified as to maker and approximate date of manufacture by looking at the watermark. A distinct mark indicates that the piece was Foley bone china and was manufactured by a particular company, according to Foley Antiques.Learn more about Antiques
The New Haven Clock Company was founded by Hiram Camp and other clockmakers on Feb. 7, 1853, in New Haven, Connecticut. The company's mission was to mass produce inexpensive brass clock components for use in clocks produced by Chauncy Jerome, Hiram Camp's uncle and the founder of the highly successful Jerome Manufacturing Company.Full Answer >
If a piece of glassware that you are trying to identify has a pontil mark at the bottom, it probably wasn't manufactured by Fenton. This is because Fenton used a different technology for manufacturing glass items. The only exceptions may be some rare pieces from 1920s.Full Answer >
Find a price guide for Fenton antique glass online through sites such as AntiquesNavigator.com and Kovels.com or by purchasing a physical price guide from a retail site such as Amazon.com. Owners are also able to find pricing information by contacting antique dealers or by looking at listings on auction sites.Full Answer >
The easiest tip for finding older Fenton art glass is to become familiar with the Fenton style and logo, which says "Fenton Art Glass" from the early to mid-1930s and refers to "Handmade Fenton Glass" in a variety of logos from that period all the way into the 1980s. Many collectors are interested in either carnival glass, milk glass or both, and these each have distinctive colorations that are easy to recognize.Full Answer >