1950 May 8 - 19
28th British Industries Fair
Earl's Court, London
PG 5.50 p701 (Fair preview):
AE Gray & Co Ltd - full ranges of general tableware, fancy ware, lamp bases, and kitchenware. Decorations have been designed principally to attract buyers from the USA and Canada. Silver and bronze lustre resist patterns will be very prominent, as usual, as well as an extensive range of prints. The latter cover typical old English scenes, such as [inns], [mills], [hunting], and [coaching].
PG 6.50 p852 (Fair review):
.... At the AE Gray stand, Queen Elizabeth admired the firm's lustre ware and other products. Before leaving, the Queen ordered a [Strawberry design tea service], and spoke with Miss Beryl Amos, an employee who was responsible for the decoration. Queen Mary too, spent some time at the stand, being particularly interested in a lustre bowl. It was a commemorative piece bearing an inside decoration which included the coat-of-arms of the City of Nottingham.
P&G 6.50 p63 (Fair review):
Gray AE & Co Ltd, Gray's Pottery, Whieldon Road, Stoke-on-Trent. Manufacturers of dinner and tea ware, fancy ware, kitchenware, lamp bases, bulb bowls, vases, etc. Specialists in hand-painted decorations, silver resist and coloured lustres. Decorations were displayed principally to attract buyers in the USA and Canadian markets - tableware decorations of the more exclusive styles, appealing to the discriminating buyer with an appreciation of good colour and design. Silver and bronze lustre patterns were shown with an extensive range of prints covering typical old English scenes engraved in the traditional style. Also scenes of buildings of national importance in the USA and Canada. Kitchenware, particularly suitable for the modern kitchen, was decorated in bright coloured bands.