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Researching Shelley - Backstamps

This page shows many of the known backstamps which were used by the Wileman family potteries, Wileman & Company and Shelley potteries. The main exceptions being those used by James F. Wileman for named patterns each with a specific backstamp. James F. Wileman was responsible for both China and Earthenware Factories between 1864 and 1884.

Elkin Knight & Co Proprietors - 1822-1826
Elkin Knight & Bridgewood Proprietors - 1826-1835
Knight Elkin & Co Proprietors - 1835-1845
John King Knight Proprietor - 1845-1852
John King Knight & Henry Wileman Proprietors - 1852-1856
    E01   E02                    
Knight & Wileman 01
Knight & Wileman 02
Henry Wileman Proprietor - 1856-1864
    F01           F02                                    
Henry Wileman_01
Henry Wileman on Etruscan

Very few examples are known of these early backstamps.  The ones shown were found  on blue transfer ware items with the "Willow Pattern" and "Etruscan" patterns.
H.W. on "Etruscan"
  (G) James and Charles Wileman Proprietors - 1864-1866                        
  G01           G02           G03                        
James & Charles Wileman on Asiatic Pheasants
James & Charles Wileman on Leaf
James & Charles Wileman on Indian Stone
J.& C.W. on "Asiatic Pheasants"
J.& C.W. on "Leaf"
J.& C.W. on "Indian Stone"
  (H) Earthenware Backstamps: James F. Wileman Proprietor - 1866 - 1892                
  The "Richelieu" backstamp is unique to items of that shape. There are at least 55 named patterns, including J F Wileman versions of the "Asiatic Pheasants" and "Leaf" shown above, each with its own backstamp. No doubt there are many others which have not yet been documented. A very small selection is shown below.  
    H01       H02       H03       H04       H05       H06        
JFW_Richelieu Shape
1866 - 1892
1866 - 1892
1866 - 1892
1866 - 1892
1866 - 1892
1866 - 1892
James F. Wileman on "Richelieu" shape
J.F. Wileman on "Albert" pattern
J.F. Wileman on "Cashmere" pattern
J.F. Wileman on "Foley" pattern
J.F.Wileman on
"Seasons" pattern
J.F.Wileman on
"Stag" pattern.
China Backstamps: Wileman and Co. - 1872-1910
    J01       J02       J03       J04       J05       J06        
Wileman & C0 1872_1884
Wileman & Co England_1872_1884
Wilema & Co 1883_1884
Wileman & C0_1884_1893
Wileman & Co 1889 G&M
Wileman & Co 1890 -
1884 - c.1895
c.1891 - c.1895
1883 - 1884
1884 - c.1895
1884 - c.1895
c.1891 - c.1895
    J07       J08                                        
Wileman & Co Foley China
Wileman 1890
c.1891 - c.1895
c.1895 - 1910
Earthenware Backstamps: Wileman and Co. - 1894 - 1910
  K01       K02       K02A       K03       K04       K05      
Wileman & Co Faience
Wileman & Co Faience Old Chelsea
Old Chelsea Style
Wileman & Co Intarsio Wileman & Co Pastello Wileman & Co Faience  
  K06       K07       K08       K09                        
  Wileman & Co Faience
K08_Wileman_The Foley England Spano-Lustra                



Found on Wileman "Arts and Crafts" Earthenware items in the number range 10001 - 10036+

Unlike P09, which was applied separately, this stamp is fully integrated and applied in one hit.

Earthenware Backstamps: Shelley - 1910-1940
    L01       L02       L03       L04       L05       L06        
Shelley 1910-1916
Shelley 1910-1916
Shelley 1916-1925
Shelley 1916-1925
Shelley 1925-45
Shelley Ware England  
1910 - 1916
1910 - 1916
1916 - 1925
1916 - 1925
1925 - 1945
1929 - 1930s
  Used on China and
        Used on China and
        Used on China and
Used on earthenware tableware items
China Backstamps: Shelley - 1910-1966
    L01       M01       M02       M03       L03       L05        
Shelley 1913-1926
Shelley 1913-1926
Shelley 1925 - 1945
1910 - 1916
1913 - 1926
1913 - 1926
After 1928
1916 - 1925
1925 - 1945
Used on China and Earthenware
Used on Miniatures
Used on China and Earthenware
Used on China and Earthenware
  M04       M05       M06                                
  Shelley 1930-1932
Shelley 1938-1966
Shelley 1936-1937 Commemoratives
1930 - 1932
1938 - 1966
1936 - 1937
        Commemorative  Ware
Crested Miniatures Backstamps: Wileman and Shelley -1890's - 1920's
    N01       N02       N03       L01       N04       N05        
Crested Miniatures 01
Crested Miniatures 02
Crested Miniatures 03
Crested Miniatures 04
Crested Miniatures 05
Crested Miniatures 06
Before 1910
Before 1910
Before 1910
After 1910
After 1910
After 1910
                  Also seen on tea ware                          
  Miniature Dainty cup and saucer Crested Miniatures N07_IVORY                                  
After 1950
Before 1910                                  
Miniature Dainty Cup and Saucer
Special Stamps
  P01       P02       P03       P04       P05       P06        
  Old Sevres Special Stamp Walter Slater Signature Slater Lustre Ware Designed by Veronica Ideal China  
  Old Sevres Advertising and Catalogues Walter Slater Signature On Slater Lustre
Veronica Ball
Ideal China
1920 - 1922
To date found only on Walter Slater Lustre ware
On items designed by Veronica Ball - 1930s
The Ideal China stamp found on some items
after 1937
  P07       P08       P09         P10       P11              
  Shelley & Grosvenor - 1941 Cloisello Spano Lustra Iridescent Glaze P10_Shelley Cloisello P11_Lichfield        
Shelley and Grosvenor
Spano Lustre Iridescent Glaze
Cloisello Ware
1941 - 1945.
Separate stamp found in conjunction with K03 with INTARSIO struck out. see History/ Products Earthenware Page. Later used with L03 on some earthenware items.
Separate stamp found only with J08 and K08 Separate stamp, used  in conjunction with L03 on Blue Cloisello Wares. The Lichfield back-stamp was used on eight pattern numbers in 1961, after an agreement between Shelley and a company called Canadian Cookware. The Lichfield back-stamp was placed over the Shelley back-stamp.        

Other Marks

There are other marks that you may find on the bottom of Shelley and Wileman china and earthenware .

Second ware - Pieces marked with a number two in a circle are second ware pieces. These items were thought not to be up to Shelley's high standard and were then decorated with a second ware pattern.

Paintresses marks - Various dots and squiggles were used to identify the paintress of a particular piece. These marks were used to calculate the wages of individual paintresses who were paid on a piece work basis.