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Colclough China - Royal Vale Cup, Saucer and Cake Plate

Pattern Number - unknown and see below

Made in England

A note from Sharon on Monday 7th November 2005
One of my good friends Rhona McDonald, who is also a work colleague,
went to the UK to visit family during October 2005
While she was over there she went to some of the antique markets and fairs
(of which there are many!) and she bought me what she calls a "goodie"
She knows how much I love this sort of stuff!!
It is a cup and saucer and a cake plate and it is by Royal Vale China
The backstamp says "Royal Vale China - HJC - Longton - England"
I especially love the Royal Blue colours in it
I would like to know the pattern name,
and I did see a very similar one on the Replacements Ltd web site
All the colours were the same except it had flowers instead of fruit - I will just keep looking!

Thank You again, Rhona!!



Rhona went to Britain again three years later during October 2008
... and brought Sharon back another gift!!
After looking at everything below,
CLICK HERE to see the new collectable !!


Lots of Photos!!!


A close-up of the Pattern


The Backstamp

The pattern number looks to be - ?487 - not sure,
and I cannot find a reference to this or similar numbers on the internet

However, I did find the backstamp below
It differs in some areas as per the notes, but it looks like my set
was made in the 1920's or 1930's - but maybe even earlier !!

Printed Mark 1928-37

(on the example shown the 'C' of 'HJC' is mostly missing)

NOTE - There is a similar mark to this dated 1908-28 which is same layout
with more elaborate and clearer flags, crown and centre detail.
NOTE - this mark was of H J Colclough
and was continued by Colclough China Ltd from 1937-39


Other Notes and Information

The information below is from

and click on the logo to go to their web site
or click here to go directly to the "Royal Vale" pattern list
(these pages/details were available as at Monday 5th December 2005)

I have looked at most of the patterns and have checked
all the numbers, but cannot find mine !!


"Potteries in the Ridgway Group"

One of the largest pottery combines in existence, eight factories comprise the group,
the oldest of which is Booths, which was already established in the eighteenth century
as producers of high-grade earthenware

The Group included Colcloughs, Regent Works, Longton

Colclough, at Regent Works, produce bone china tea ware

The firm was established in 1895 by Herbert J. Colclough, a former Lord Mayor of Stoke
and a man of great repute 'among all sections of the community'

It is said that, at the beginning of his career as a potter, he used to fire two ovens himself
Many times, after working all day, he would sit beside his ovens all night,
so anxious was he to achieve success
He seemed to thrive on hard work and consequently made a success of his business

In 1907 he took over the Osborne Works at Longton and in 1918 he added the Regent Works,
which had been in production since 1850

A red letter day for the founder was when, in 1913, the late King George V and Queen Mary
visited his Vale factory in the course of the tour of the Potteries,
hence the Royal Vale backstamp which is still in use on certain Colclough ranges

The Regent Works has undergone extensive reconstruction and, at the present day,
the company can boast of being the largest individual bone china producing unit in the industry

NOTE - H J Colclough (1897 to 1937)
subsequently became Colclough China Ltd (1937 to 1948)
and then Booths and Colcloughs Ltd (1948 to 1954)
and then Ridgway Potteries Ltd on the 28th February 1955