Identifying Staffordshire pottery made by various kilns owned by the Alcock family can be quite a challenge as their marks & backstamps varied frequently over the years. Additionally, each family member signed their wares with distinct marks that did not always include the initials or family name. In those cases, Alcock pottery marks, especially on tableware & earthenware, were simply an embellished outline that contained the pattern or series name.
For this reason, many Staffordshire Alcock Pottery items are not identified properly and remain unattributed for most collectors. Furthermore, because these unidentified pieces can be really valuable sleepers, if not rare, examples from the heyday and peak production by the Alcock potteries are lost in the shuffle of items that are generically classified as "Staffordshire" referring to their regional designation of origin and from a period that can be determined only approximately at best.
Careful research for Alcock pottery marks is the first step in appraising values. To read an in-depth interesting article that can give you a renewed appreciation of one of the most prominent members of this family, see: Staffordshire Pottery by Samuel Alcock
To view a comprehensive list of Alcock Pottery Staffordshire marks, please check out our marks4ceramics research service to help you in recognizing how they changed over the years, which in turn can point to a more accurate age of your collection.
To compare with other known Staffordshire Alcock Pottery & Earthenware examples in order to arrive at a fair estimate of their appraisal value, check out our values4antiques with millions of illustrated priced results for any and all types of antiques & collectibles. Some typical examples are shown below.
Some key facts on the two main Alcock families' Staffordshire potteries and how they evolved:
HENRY ALCOCK & Co. - HENRY ALCOCK POTTERY - JOHN ALCOCK
HILL POTTERY Co., Ltd. - SAMUEL ALCOCK & Co. - Sir DUKE & NEPHEWS
- In operation from 1853 to 1935
- Begun as JOHN ALCOCK (Cobridge, ca 1853 - 1861), then HENRY ALCOCK & Co. (Cobridge, ca 1861 - 1910), then HENRY ALCOCK POTTERY (Stoke, ca 1910 - 1935). Some records indicate a familial relationship with SAMUEL ALCOCK and although their businesses were co-located at times, they remained separate
- Located at Cobridge & Stoke, Staffordshire, UK
- Main products include Earthenware, Ironstone ware, Tableware, Teasets, Coffee Sets, Cup & Saucers, Chinaware, Decorative Porcelain, Porcelain Figurines, Porcelain Vases
- In operation from 1828 to 1867
- Begun as SAMUEL ALCOCK & Co. (Cobridge ca 1828 - 1853 and also Burslem ca 1830 - 1859), then Sir DUKE & NEPHEWS (Burslem ca 1860 - 1863), then HILL POTTERY Co., Ltd., (Burslem ca 1863 - 1867)
- Located at Cobridge & Burslem, Staffordshire, UK
- Main products include Tableware, Earthenware, Decorative Porcelain, Chinaware, Ironstone ware
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A SAMUEL ALCOCK MODEL OF A HOUND, sponged
with feathery liver markings in a gilt collar on rocky green and gilt base, 9.3cm h, impressed 100, c1840; a Staffordshire model of a recumbent dog on raised green and gilt ... [more like this]
A PAIR OF STAFFORDSHIRE MODELS OF RECUMBENT
HOUNDS sponged with feathery markings and laying on a cobalt and gilt inkwell base, 19th c ... [more like this]
TWO STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE MODELS OF POINTERS
with brown or black markings and set before a flowered tree, on sprigged green or turquoise mound, 12 and 14cm h and a creamware model of a recumbent hound, with black markings ... [more like this]
John Leech (1817 - 1864) Eighteen piece group
to include "The Sporting Tour of Mr. Sponge" original sketches and drawings for the book, including cov: to include "The Sporting Tour of Mr. Sponge" original sketches and ... [more like this]
THREE STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE FIGURES OF
ANIMALS, EARLY-MID NINETEENTH CENTURY.
Comprising a bocage stag with black spotted ochre coat, recumbent upon a stippled ground molded with a grassy edge; a white hare sponged ... [more like this]
SURTEES, ROBERT SMITH, SET OF SIX VOLUMES,
"HANDLEY CROSS, PLAIN OR RINGLETS, ASK MAMMA, HAWBUCK GRANGE, MR. SPONGE'S SPORTING TOUR, MR ROMFORD'S HOUNDS", pub. Bradbury Agnew & Co. late 19th century, red pictorial ... [more like this]
The works. London: Chapman
and Hall, [n.d.]. 26 volumes, 8vo, library edition, etched plates by Hablot K. Browne "Phiz", &c., contemporary half calf, rubbed, a few joints split; Surtees, R.S. Handley ... [more like this]
Hunting - Surtees, Robert Smith
novels]. London: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., [c.1890]. 8vo, 3 of 6 volumes only, to include Mr Facey Romford's Hounds, Mr Sponge's sporting tour and Handley Cross, illustrated ... [more like this]
Surtees, R. S.
The Novels. 12 Vols. Lon:
Eyre & Spottiswoode/ NY: Scribner's, 1929-1931. 8vo. Orig red cloth, paper spine labels, teg. Very good plus. Includes: ++ Handley Cross. 2 Vols. ++ Hillingdon Hall. ++ Hawbuck ... [more like this]
7 Titles (9 Vols).
First 6 listed published Lon: Bradbury Agnew & Co., n.d. , each with "1914" ink gift inscription on first blank, 8vo, in half red pigksin, , lightly worn, spine slightly faded. ... [more like this]
Nimrod - Life of John Mytton and The Life
of a Sportsman, illustrated by H Alken, hardback, issued 1905 Surtees - Handley Cross - Plain or Ringlets, Ask Mama, Mistress Sponge's Sporting Tour and Mister Romford's ... [more like this]
A PAIR OF STAFFORDSHIRE MINIATURE GROUPS
one sponged with black markings, the other in red/brown, on cobalt glazed quill holder base with pink fringe and green feet, 6.5cm w and six other Staffordshire ... [more like this]
* (ENGRAVINGS. LEECH JOHN) A group of five
volumes from the sporting books series by Surtees including Mr. Romford's Hounds; Handley Cross; or Mr. Jorrock's Hunt; ''Ask Mamma''; or the Richest Commoner in England; ... [more like this]
Surtees (R S) Hawbuck Grange, Handley Cross,
Sponge's Sporting Tour, Ask Mamma, Facey Romford's Hounds and Plain or Ringlets, uniformly bound in full calf by Morrell, (damaged), each with bookplate of John Watson and ... [more like this]
Leech (John), Mr Sponges' Sporting Tour,
1852; Handley Cross...; Mr Romfords' Hounds; Ask Mamma, 1858 hand coloured lithographed plates, uniform crushed morocco over patterned boards; and another copy of the last ... [more like this]
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