A Stunning pair of Art Deco Style Majolica FRUITS wall Pockets by Thomas Lawrence (lONGTON) Ltd. under the FALCON WARE BRAND. The pockets are Art Deco in style but were made later around 1950. The are in absolute MINT condition and measure 8" in length and 7 1/4" at the widest point.
The Falcon Pottery was founded in 1885 by Thomas Lawrence, the original site being on the corner of Wharf Street, Stoke. (The Trent Bridge Pottery).
Ten years later he erected the Falcon works in Waterloo Street, Longton. In the same year (1895) he took into partnership his nephew, John Grundy who, on the death of the founder in 1932 became the sole proprietor.
In 1938 the directors of Shaw & Copestake acquired the company 'Thomas Lawrence' and the name was changed to 'Thomas Lawrence (Longton) Limited'.
Until a suitable factory was built on land opposite the old Shaw and Copestake the two companies operated independently for nineteen years. In 1957 new works were opened at Normacot Road, Longton. At this time 140 people were employed.
At the new premises, the two businesses gradually merged and the Falcon Mark of Thomas Lawrance was ceased in 1964. Shaw & Copestake went into liquidation in 1982.
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