The William Adams & Sons (Potters) Ltd. of Tunstall & Stoke, Staffordshire, England, was organized in 1769 and has operated under several company names until 1966. They produced earthen-wares, basalts, jasper and parian ware. This lovely octagonal, open vegetable bowl in blue transfer-ware is the "Persia" pattern, circa 1850's. The center of the bowl portrays an English country scene of trees, buildings and people. A somewhat varied scene is repeated on all sides of the exterior. The wide rim and border of the raised base is decorated with delicate foliage and floral blossoms. The bowl measures 9 3/4" across, 3 1/4" in height and 6" across the base. It is stamped within an oval "Persia" and beneath "W.A.&S." This stamp, along with others, was used between 1819-1864. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Beautiful.