Dating staffordshire figurines
The popularity of Queen Victoria's reign spawned hundreds of examples of the Queen and Prince Albert and all their large family.
Princes and Princesses were shown on horses and on goats or rams.
Many small forgotten factories as well as the giants such as Spode, Wedgwood, Adams, clustered in the towns of Burslem, Cobridge, Fenton, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall, now incorporated in the present day town of Stoke-on-Trent.
The gilding used is also a good guide to dating; the early form of gilding is called "best gold", a softly coloured gold, applied at the same time as the overglaze enamels; later gilding, "bright gold", is harsher and shinier. Flatback Staffordshire figures crowned their fireplace mantels; transferware dishes lined plate racks and sideboards in their large dining rooms.
If the figure is dirty, stand it in a plastic bowl of warm soapy water and use a small sponge or soft toothbrush to clean the crevices. On every table stood figures, animals, vases, and other ornaments produced in the thousands by the Staffordshire potteries.
Taking care not to get water inside the figure through the air escape hole in the back. A combination of the right clays, inventive potters such as Josiah Wedgwood and available labour, often children, made the Staffordshire district in the centre of the china industry.
Very Collectable Antique Staffordshire Cow Creamer / Milk Jug in the shape of a Milkmaid and a Black and White Cow.
The contents are popped into the jug through a hole in the milkmaid’s yellow bonnet - Century Staffordshire Polychrome Toby Jug in Form of Horatio, Lord Nelson. The handle of the jug and its base as painted with rustic shades.