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ROYAL MADDOCK & CO
John Maddock and Sons royal vitreous pottery is a well-known and highly sought after category of antique pottery. Produced by the John Maddock and Sons company, this pottery is known for its ornate designs and superior craftsmanship. Founded in 1842, it was known only as J. Maddock until 1855, when it became known as J. Maddock and Son. Then, in it 1870, it became known as J. Maddock and Sons.
Many of the manufacturer's seals on the pottery give the full name of the company, and it is accordingly possible to date early J. Maddock pieces by the name used on the official seal. Production of original J. Maddock and Sons royal pottery continued until the mid-1960s.John Maddock began producing fine china under his family name in the town of Burselm in 1842. He had previously produced graniteware for export to the United States with other partners. The fine china produced by this firm quickly became noted for its intricate floral designs and its delicate appearance. Well-known production lines and styles include the "Majestic" and "Bombay" patterns that some consider the most exemplary of the this firm's pottery.All of the pottery produced by this firm has distinct markings that make it possible to date and identify each piece. There are several markers which make it possible to narrow the time period down. It was not until 1906 that the firm began placing the words "& CO" beside J. Maddock and Sons. If any piece has "& CO" following the name of the company, it is possible to deduce that the piece was made after 1906. However, there are several seals used after 1906 that have neither "& CO" or "& SONS," which means that the lack of the word "& CO" can not be sued to identify the piece as predating 1906.
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