Blue Quail IronstoneTeapot Mason's Transferware (Wedgwood)
Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing. From spout end to handle, it measures 9 1/2". From base to rim, it stands 3 7/8" tall; 5 1/2" tall from base to finial. The oval base is 6" long, and 4 3/4" at the widest.
Marked in blue underglaze: Mason's Ironstone Made in England, Quail with encircled 'C', and crown mark with encircled 'R'. This is a later production from Mason's, after 1923 when "Made in England" was added to the mark.
As with many of the Minerva Works potteries, there were numerous transformations in the ownership of the original Masons pottery. Miles Mason was the first to apply transfer designs to ironstone patterns attempting to copy the beautiful Chinese porcelain patterns. In 1848, Charles Mason filed for bankruptcy and Masons Patent Ironstone Factory became the property of Francis Morley. Morley acquired many of the molds and printing plates and partnered with George Ashworth in 1862, to continue producing many of Mason's designs. The Ashworth name was used from 1862 until 1969 when the company was renamed Masons Ironstone Ltd. In 1973, Masons became part of the Wedgwood Group, as it is today. Furnivals, also acquired by Wedgwood, produced the QUAIL pattern as well.
Item ID: RL0128201301
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