Pattern No: A8252

Pattern Name Design Type Designer Likely Design Date
Not known Lustre - BC SC Talbot 1945


Many of the pots recorded for this pattern have been in North America, undoubtedly a reflection of the influence of the British government’s introduction of regulations concerning decorated pottery during the Second World War: the manufacture of decorated pots for the Home market was largely forbidden in order to encourage and develop export sales.

The vase in the fourth image and the small ‘handled basket’ are both marked A8252/1, the suffix perhaps indicating the pattern is on a stoneware body (rather than earthenware as used for all the other pots).

This pattern was selected for display at the 1946 Britain Can Make It exhibition: see the Exhibitions section.

The last image is of a large ‘poster’, 450mm/17½” x 575mm/22½”, issued by The Council for Visual Education, an organisation which began life in September 1942 as The Council for Education in the Appreciation of Physical Environment and changed its name in October 1945 (information from the book Landscape and Englishness by Professor David Matless).
Note that the Wedgwood pottery, a nurseryware design called Alphabet, was created by Eric Ravilious in December 1937, eight years before Gray’s A8252 design.

At least one pot of this pattern has been recorded with an early Clipper (Hanley) backstamp – either reference N0 or N1 (see the Backstamps section), marks typically in use between 1931 and 1933. The only logical explanation is that there was a shortage of the later Clipper (Stoke-on-Trent) backstamp: perhaps there was an interruption of supplies during the restrictive conditions imposed by the Second World War.

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