Crown Staffordshire Porcelain
Initially named Thomas Green bone china, the company Crown Staffordshire porcelain was so named in 1897 at Minerva China Works in Fenton in England. Over 200 craftsmen determined the prolific output of Staffordshire porcelain, which includes bone chine dinnerware, tableware, tea and coffee ware, cutlery handles, vases, figurines, miniatures, door hardware, woven china baskets, china costume jewelry, and porcelain fighting badges from World War I and II.
Many revered artists created original works for Crown Staffordshire, and some, such as Leslie Johnson (Cries of London vases) signed their names. Staffordshire porcelain can often be identified by fine hand painting, and by the traditional powder blue color or by the “Pan” yellow-glazed color for tableware, produced briefly in the 1930’s.
The company’s expansion made way for retail stores in London, and asserted an eventual international presence, including production in the United States and Canada, with work also being exported to Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 1965, the Green family removed ties to the company; in 1973, Crown Staffordshire porcelain merged with Wedgwood; following 1985, the porcelain no longer bears the Crown Staffordshire porcelain mark.

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