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Antique Johnson Brothers Pitcher and Accessories
This group is in excellent condition- no chips, one cracks shown in photo of pitcher- but it does not go through to the outside, or crazing. Gold gilding is in very good condition on all pieces ( the soap dish has the most wear). Beautiful set made sometime in the late 1800's or early 1900's based upon the backstamp and the fact that it has impressed pattern numbers which appear to be RN 21873 the last number is any is a 1 or 3. I also have the chamber pot in this pattern. I have not located the pattern at present - a little history: The Charles Street Works factory, in the Staffordshire area of England, had already established a legacy for crafting fine dinnerware when Alfred, Fredrick, and Henry Johnson acquired it via a bankruptcy sale in 1882. Grandsons of the famous Meakin dinnerware lineage, the brothers shared a heritage in the production of fine dinnerware. The purchase of the factory in Stroke-on-Trent marked their first venture as entrepreneurs. Building a reputation on basic whiteware known as "semi-porcelain," the company created a slip that had the delicate characteristics of fine china, but the durability of ironstone. A fourth brother, Robert, relocated to the United States around 1900 to establish a presence in the tableware market that was emerging in the United States. Johnson Brothers tableware was becoming very popular in America due to its inexpensive and durable product. To meet demand, five additional factories were opened in England. Johnson brothers have been a prolific producer of china so the patterns are numerous. Pitcher measures 10.5" tall and 10" in diameter (handle to spout) Toothbrush holder is 5" x 3.5" the cup is 3.5" x 4.5" (including handle) soap dish is 5.5" x 4.5" x 1.75"
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