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Wood & Sons Ltd

Welcome to our Woods gallery! See below for photos of the many Woods patterns available from this site, including a great selection of tableware and vases from the 1920s and 30s.

The firm of Wood & Sons was founded in 1865 by Absalom Wood (a descendant of the 18th century English potter Moses Wood) as Wood, Son & Co, in Burslem, Staffordshire. Thomas Wood, his son, founded the present firm around 1910, and it remained in the Wood family until 1981, when it went into receivership and was acquired by the Yorke family. The firm finally ceased to exist in 2006.

The Woods lineage also extends back to the famous 18thC Staffordshire potters Enoch and Ralph Woods, whose names and dates are given on many Woods marks. NB: Antique plates by Enoch Woods (often featuring an eagle backstamp) are now rare and fetch extremely high prices - none of the items on this website fall into this category.

We specialise in the stylish tableware of the 1920s and 30s, which were produced in striking colours. The charm of much Woods pottery of this period is largely due to the designs of Frederick Rhead (father of Charlotte Rhead), who is responsible for many of the patterns shown below.

In spite of the popularity of the ubiquitous YUAN range, we believe that this firm has been somewhat overlooked by collectors and that the items below are some of the most elegant, attractive and original china of the period. A re-evaluation is long overdue!

Please SCROLL DOWN to see examples of the following patterns:

Alva - Aquila
Bedford - Blue Bombay - Brier - Broadmoor - Buddha
Caliph - Cambridge - Canton - Chung - Danbury - Denbigh

Enoch Woods Castles - English Scenery -
Forest Flowers
- Golden Moon - Grafton
Hankow - Harlequin - Indian Tree
- Ivory Ware
Japonica - Kang-Hi - Kenya - Khotan - Kylin
Lakeland - Manchu
- Mayfair - Ming - Norbury
Old Bow Kakiyemon - Orchard - Orient - Oriental Birds
Pekin - Prunus - Rangoon - Regatta
Sandown
- Selah - Sheraton - Stafford - Stanley - Stuart
Tsing
- Verona - Westover - Wincanton - Woodland
Yo-San - Yuan

To view our stock of these patterns, click on the links above,
or the IMAGES below.

Woods also manufactured pottery for various retailers, including the following firms:

HALES, HANCOCK & GODWIN (Aquila, Golden Moon, Japonica, Lakeland, Orient)
DBC (Westover, Eastover)
LAWLEYS (Brier, Kenya, Sandown)
WOOLWORTHS (Brocade, Caliph, Ming).

Items in these patterns often bear HH&G, DBC, LAWLEYS or WOOLWORTHS marks rather than Wood & Sons.

All text on this site © Tim Richards 2001-2010


Woods Gallery
Click on the IMAGES to view stock

 

Verona
before 1907

Mayfair
1911-25

Cambridge
before 1907



1920s patterns (Frederick Rhead)


 

 

 

Wincanton
1916-29
(plain & coloured)

 Yuan
1916-39+
(plain & coloured)

Orient
1923-38


 

 

 

Alva
1922-36
(plain and coloured)

Japonica
1925-6

 Westover
1926-33


Old Bow Kakiyemon
1922-29

Blue Bombay
c. 1924

Rangoon
c. 1925
(plain and coloured)


Oriental Birds
1914-22

Aquila
1926-31

Pekin, Hankow
and Gaudy Willow


Buddha

 Sheraton
and other Frederick Rhead
and Bursley Ware patterns


Khotan


Enoch Woods Castles
c1920-40

Canton
c1923
(plain & coloured)

English Scenery
c1920-60


Kylin, Prunus, Caliph, Ming
c1912-20

Kang-Hi
c1912-20

 Chung
c1914-34


Stanley 1925+
(plain & coloured)

Tsing
1918-24
(plain & coloured)

Selah
c1919-31


1930s patterns


 

 

Manchu
1929-31
(plain & coloured)

Stafford
1930-34

Yo-San
1931


 

 

Denbigh
c1930-35

Harlequin
c1934

Bedford and Grafton
c1930+


 

 

Woodland
c1939+

Sandown
c1930

Indian Tree
1908-1931+


 

 

Brier
1932+

Forest Flowers
1931-37

Ivory Ware
1930+


It is not possible to show here examples of all the Wood & Sons designs, which probably run into the thousands. However we are constantly updating this section, and in the near future we hope to show photos of the following patterns:

The Alhambra, Bacchus, Bagdad, Benares, Brocade, Cherry Blossom, Colonial, Delphinium, Dragon, Dunblane, Eastover, Fairieland, Firebird, Formosa, Gay Day, Gossamer, Jacobean, Kioto, Korea, Merton, Nantucket, Napoli, Nile, The Ogontz, Pagoda, Red Parrot, Seaforth, Torbrex, Willow, Yellow Parrot, and several other Bursley Ware and Frederick Rhead designs.

If you have a favourite pattern that is not mentioned, we'd be interested to see a photo. If you'd like us to search for a particular item, please don't hesitate to e-mail us with details. We regret we do not offer a valuation service.

Note on dating of patterns

The first date given for each pattern is the registration date of the pattern (where known),
or the EARLIEST impressed date mark we have seen.

The second date is the LATEST impressed date mark we have seen for that pattern.

All text on this website copyright Tim Richards © 2001–2011

    
We specialise in English tableware from the 1920s and 30s and ship worldwide from our base in London, UK.
This site only shows a small fraction of our stock - if you don't see what you're looking for, please e-mail us.

Please note we don't offer a valuation service.

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