1949 May 2 - 13
27th British Industries Fair
Earl's Court, London
PG 5.49 p504b (Fair preview):
AE Gray & Co Ltd - this firm is presenting a comprehensive display of decorated ware of which perhaps the silver lustre resist process is most outstanding. The process, which dates from about 1700, has been used for decorating coffee ware, service plates, and such fancies as candy boxes, teapot sets, ashtrays, etc. [Magnolia range] of service plates, coffee ware, etc, which is proving of considerable interest to American buyers, is being shown for the first time this year. Old engravings of Dickens' scenes and characters are reproduced in conjunction with Sunderland lustre in an attractive line of ornamental fancies including small and large jugs, candy boxes, etc. In the field of kitchenware, domestic jars, etc, highly-coloured bands have been introduced to brighten up dull kitchens.
PG 6.49 p613 (Fair review):
Royal visitors (May 3rd) - HM the Queen, Queen Mary, HRH Princess Elizabeth, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Princess Royal, .... while visiting the Pottery & Glass section, the Royal visitors paused to admire the silver and copper lustre decorations of the ware exhibited at the stand of AE Gray & Co Ltd. The Queen graciously remarked that the purchases she had made from the firm before the war had sustained no damage, and were still in perfect condition.
P&G 6.49 p31and 59 (Fair review):
AE Gray & Co Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent. Manufacturers of dinner and tea ware, table fancies, kitchenware, lamp bases, bulb bowls and flower vases etc. Specialists in hand-painted decorations, silver resist and coloured lustres. Exhibiting lustre ware in great variety, mainly silver, copper and purple lustre, including tea, coffee and dinner ware and jugs, lamps and fancies, a special feature being made of fancies being decorated with old prints and purple lustre. Silver and copper resist designs are produced by an old process re-discovered, giving a much sharper edge to the pattern. A new hand-painted [Magnolia design on raised paste on a green], mauve or white ground was featured for tableware and on service plates with gold edges as well as other hand-painted decorations.
.... Another pottery stand visited by the Royal party was that of AE Gray & Co Ltd. The Queen complimented Mr Gray on the fine display of lustre ware and recalled that she still had the table service she had purchased from the firm before the war. ....