Grays Retailers

The following list is by no means exhaustive but represents the most memorable Gray’s Pottery customers: most of the entries were gleaned from the firm’s employees during interviews and research in the early 1980s. These names were uppermost in the minds of those who had been decorating ware at the factory and who had witnessed orders being processed.

Red text indicates pots marked with the retailer’s name, in some cases (eg Heal and Fondeville) a bespoke backstamp.

RetailerLocationImagesKnown ‘bespoke’ pattern(s)
British Isles
Alexandra Stores
AMC
Armitages
JH AwmackLeedsView Image /View Image 22625, 2646, A5225
BarkerLondon
Binns
Boals
BobbysBournemouth
BrextonGray’s pots were included in pre-WWII Brexton picnic hampers, ie in the 1920s and 1930s, but not in later hampers.
Brownings
BrownsChester
BuccananGlasgow
Buffs
Bullins
Calvert’sNottingham9303
Carruthers
Coles
Cox
Delvins Stores
Doncasters
DunhillLondon, ParisView ImageA7894, A8622, A8828, A8829, A8834, A8907, A8908, A9009, A9010, D710, D1668
Durhams
Fenwicks
Gale Lister
T Goode & CoLondonView Image593, 2163, 4031, 4118, 4173, 4248, 4371, 4401, 4745, 5233, 7034, 7145, 7252, 7476, 7478, 7496, 7510, 7644
GrantsCroydon
HaltsSurrey
HarrodsLondonView Image8742, 9061, 9125
Heal & Son LtdLondonView Images2684, 2866, 4040, 8286/A3040 (called Laye Bands), 8375, 8408, 8560, A101, A959, A1284, A3140 (Niger Red), A7888, A8161 (Pegasus), A8163 (Plantain), A8164 (Lyre), A8166 (Amphora), A8168 (Shell), A8442, A8644, A8669, A8674, A8695, A9796. Cornucopia. Zodiac.
Henry Jones & Co.LondonD1861
Kendal MilneManchester
LawleysLondon8788
Lee LonglandsBirmingham
Lewis8977
Lingards
LloydsLondon
Maple & CoLondonView Image990, 1074, 1107
Mappin & WebbEnglandView Image958, 990, 1305
Marl
Marshall and Snelgrove
McDougall & SonsGlasgow9023
Mortlock’s LtdLondonView Image1207, 7563, 8586, 8851
Neaversons
Nisbets
Odhams
Pandora’s Box
H PassNewcastle, Staffs
Persils
Peter JonesLondon
Plummers
PochinLeicester
R&D LtdView Image4433, 4588
Selfridges
Shields
Shufflebottom
Sloanes
Soane & SmithLondonView Image1218, 2537, 2740
Suchams
Telfords
Tirrols
TobysNottinghamView Image2851, 4571
Tools
Trerons
Unwins
Urins
Ushers
Waite & SonMitchamView ImageA223, A239, A248, A256, A260, A265, A284, A288
Waring and GillowView Image4723, 5155 (Neither known as ‘bespoke’)
William WhiteleyLondonView Image4268, 4299, 4319, 5000, 5001, 5025, 7205
Wylie HillGlasgow
Netherlands
Compagnie des bronzesThe HagueView Image4073
North America – Canada
Holt, Renfrew & Co. Ltd.
North America – USA
FondevilleView Image / View Image 2A8391, A8735, A9287, A9332, A9341, A9364, A9453, D387, D440, D2003, D2186, D2188
John Roth
John Wanamaker
Macy’s
Marshall Field
MottahedehView Image / View Image 2Many of the S1500 series, Y1923. On the evidence of pots recorded over the years, it looks as though a different number was given to each different shape used for the same pattern.
Neiman-MarcusView ImageLikely to be late 1950s/early 1960s patterns
Patriotic Products AssociationView Image / View Image 2 / View Image 3 / View Image 4 / View Image 5Howard W Bible (1872-1951) founded the Patriotic Products Association in 1927.
The following information is courtesy of the New Yorker and The Home Hobbyist 1934, via the Token and Medal Society:
The Association’s first product was a pair of commemorative jugs. One jug was commemorative of Commodore John Paul Jones; the other of the warship Old Ironsides (USS Constitution), listing its victories over English frigates. (Incidentally, PPA gave the contract of manufacturing the Old Ironsides jug to an English firm, whose face must have been scarlet.) That was in 1927. Two thousand commemorative jugs were made and then the Association threw itself into toby jugs.
The following jug numbers have been recorded: 236, 344, 355, 387, 420, 437, 438, 439, 445, 470, 496, 504, 524, 529 and 543.
SkinnersView ImagesMany patterns on Castle jugs using both Gray’s Clipper and the Old Castle backstamps.
Smith and Settle Inc.View ImageA8930
South Africa
KeepsSalisbury
Australia
Grace BrosSydneyView Image4153
Myer Stores

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