This beautiful little cream pitcher is a fine example of Silver Luster Ware which was invented in the 1700's. The mark on the bottom, dates this lovely and unique pitcher to around 1905. The pitcher is about 3 and 3/4 inches tall and it is in excellent condition, free of any chips or cracks. There is minor crazing on the bottom, as can be seen by the picture.
Ridgways, at Bedford Works, Shelton, was founded by Edward J. Ridgway, son of the famous Master Potter William Ridgway during the late 1700's. Ridgway produced china with the many trade names, including Colclough , Malvern , Melba , Royal Vale and Royal Adderley. Each had a different stamp or mark. This pitcher is from the parent company, Ridgways. The company closed its doors in 1964.
1905 Ridgways Silver Luster Cream Pitcher