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Item specifics

Main Color:

Gloss White Glaze


Decorative Display or Functional Dish-Bowl


Ironstone (Pottery-Ceramic)

Maker's Mark (Ink Stamp):

"Warranted, Anthony Shaw, England

Item Type:

PIckle Dish Bowl

Additional Maker's Mark Info:

Royal Arms with "Stone China"


Anthony Shaw (Pottery)


Victorian, Early Edwardian


Staffordshire, England


Circa 1860 to 1882 (Possibly Earlier-1856+)

Decorative Pattern:

Copper Tea Leaf (Copper Luster)

Actual Possible Years Old:

True Antique: 129 to 155 Years Old

Decorative Method:

Hand Painted

Item Condition:

Very Good Plus to Excellent (Used)

      *Up for auction is an Anthony Shaw (Pottery) of Staffordshire, England, (Various Locations, Circa 1851 to 1900), Oval Shaped Ironstone Pottery Pickle Dish Bowl with a Gloss White Glaze and Copper Luster Tea Leaf Pattern with a Copper Luster Trim Line in Overall "Very Good Plus" to "Excellent" Used Condition, Circa 1862 to 1882 or Possibly Earlier Beginning in 1856. 

      This superb Anthony Shaw true antique, ironstone "Tea Leaf" pickle dish has no cracks, scratches, scuffs or repairs of any kind and it's in "Very Good Plus" to "Excellent" used condition with just a few minor post factory flaws. One of the flaws which you can see in several of the pictures is glaze crazing. Then in picture 11 you are looking at a stilt mark which is a tool used within the kiln for the pottery piece to sit on and it 's discolored a bit. The discoloring within the stilt mark is more than likely an organic stain from years of using this dish as dinnerware for so many years. Finally in picture 12 you are seeing a close up view of a small chip which is actually more of a glaze flake and it to is also discolored from years of use as a dinnerware piece.

      This oval shaped bowl is considered a "pickle dish" and it stands in at about 1 1/4 inches tall. It measures about 9 inches across and it's about 5 1/4 inches across at it's widest point. It also has an in-mold pattern on each end which can be best described as a rope border, but it's only on the end of each side of the dish. The bottom of this dish rests on about a 1/4 inch thick oval base ring and it measures about 4 5/8 inches long by about 2 7/8 inches wide. Anthony Shaw's ironstone pottery appears to be a bit lighter in weight compared to some of the other English ironstone china you find, but there's no reference to bone china in the backstamp and this pickle dish weighs in at exactly 9.9 ounces. The decorative paint used is a copper luster paint and the pattern is called "Tea Leaf". The decorative copper luster was hand painted and more than likely a stencil was used to aid the artist-decorator in painting the tea leaf. The back of this dish is marked with an ink stamp of the English "Royal Arms" and within the the Royal Arms it reads "Stone China" within a banner. Below that it reads " Warranted, Anthony Shaw, England" and the Royal Arms mark is estimated as being first used around 1860 by Shaw, but my research indicates that Anthony Shaw had more than one pottery factory in the Staffordshire district with the Burslem factory being the main pottery. Often times the Royal Arms mark will state "Burslem" instead of "England" like the mark on this piece. Anthony Shaw is credited with being the first English pottery to use the Tea Leaf pattern which he registered in 1856. My research also indicates that the Royal Arms mark used the town name later so it's quite possible that this pickle dish was actually made from 1856 on up because the mark states England rather than Burslem. You will also notice what looks to be an "N" hand written in copper luster on the back and this would be the decorators mark. In those days the artist-decorators were often paid on a "piecework" basis rather than hourly or a salary and the mark was also used for quality control purposes.  

      The term "ironstone" isn't on this dish anywhere, but that's what this piece is considered to be and the first patent for ironstone pottery was granted to the Mason pottery of England in 1813. In truth there is very little actual iron in the clay mixture and the amount of actual iron can vary from pottery to pottery, but the amount of iron oxide found within most ironstone pottery is less than 1/2 of 1 percent. The term ironstone stuck and became well known as a strong semi-porcelain substitute for real porcelain which of course made ironstone a more durable and less expensive substitute for porcelain. Masons patented "Ironstone" ran out in 1827 so the other potteries making a similar china or copy of masons formula could now use the term "Ironstone" on the products they made as well. There was a great deal of ironstone being imported to the United States and Canada which was specifically targeted for these markets. There was no argument that it was a durable and reliable china for everyday use and it was originally imported over as an all white china for the American and Canadian public to purchase. It's been estimated that the first decorated ironstone pottery exported to the United States and Canada began to emerge around 1840.

      Around 1898 Anthony Shaw's pottery firm was taken over by the A.J. Wilkinson Limited pottery which sold their wares under the famous "Royal Staffordshire" name. In 1900 Anthony Shaw passed away and A.J. Wilkinson, Limited discontinued using the Anthony Shaw name. This pickle dish is really a nice clean piece to be anywhere from 129 to 155 years old and it has minimal issues as far as its aesthetic value. It's also still a very functional piece of antique dinnerware as well so you don't want to let this great antique ironstone "Tea Leaf Pickle Dish" get away while it's available.

     Thank you for looking and please be sure to check out our other listings as well.

      P.S. Once again I'm indebted to Steve Birks and his "Stoke on Trent" website at the www.thepotteries.org for information used to help write this listing.

                            ~P.S.S. A Little More "Tea Leaf" Pattern Information If You Are Interested~
ea leaf became a true collectible antique by the mid-20th century and at some point in time it was dubbed as "Grandma's Tea Leaf". It had enough resurgence in popularity that a man named Fred Clifford opened up a decorating firm and distribution company in Chicago, Illinois to sell Tea Leaf reproduction pottery sold and marked under the trade name "Red Cliff" with no intention to deceive. The Red Cliff Company was open from 1950 to 1980 selling Ironstone tea leaf based on genuine antique tea leaf pottery that Fred Clifford purchased for making his "Red Cliff" tea leaf pottery. Much of it, if not all of it was made by the Hall China Company located in East Liverpool, Ohio. It was then decorated with the copper tea leaf motif and trim in Chicago where it was distributed to merchants to be retailed. The product they sold was high quality and true to form as if it was old antique ironstone tea leaf. However, Red Cliff tea leaf was well marked as such and the various marks the company used usually stated "Made in U.S.A.". Of course with the popularity of the old English tea leaf being what it was many of our own American potteries were making the Tea Leaf pattern wares in the 19th and early 20th centuries as well. Because of this a novice collector might mistake 1950 to 1980, Red Cliff Tea Leaf as being older, but the quality and craftsmanship of the wares have made it collectible with most all Tea Leaf collectors even though it's a much newer product. It also allowed a pattern or shape to be more attainable for the collector of Tea Leaf who's on a budget or having trouble finding a particular shaped piece from the original English ironstone pottery forms with the Tea Leaf pattern which were imported into the United States and Canada.

        *We have no extra shipping and handling fees. You will only pay what it actually costs to ship the item to your Zip Code via the USPS, based on the service you choose. We always offer at least 2 USPS domestic U.S.A. shipping services and all shipments have FREE, USPS "Tracking and Delivery Confirmation Service".

                               PLEASE NOTE!  The term "Shipping Protection" = Shipping Insurance.

        *Shipping protection is up to you unless otherwise noted. We do not pay for shipping protection and it's not included in the shipping costs. If you would like the insurance please contact us immediately before we send your invoice. The charge will show as an extra fee on your invoice and you will only be charged the USPS fee, based on the value bracket the item falls under. We can only insure the item for what you actually paid for it.

        *We will gladly ship multiple purchases together for combined shipping to save you on shipping costs.

        *We accept PayPal and only PayPal for International Sales. However if you live in the domestic USA and need a different payment method, please contact us before you place a bid or make a purchase.

        *International Shipping: PLEASE NOTE!  "First Class International Shipping" does not offer on-line "Delivery Tracking" or "Shipping Protection" and it can be very unpredictable when it comes to delivery time. It's based on minimum weights and package sizes so if the service isn't offered for an item we are selling, it's not available based on the weight and / or size of that item. If we do make "First Class International" available and you use it we will email you a USPS "Tracking Number". If you feel your package should've arrived already and it hasn't you will have to take the tracking number we gave you to a post office in your country to begin the tracking process from the United States. We will not be responsible for any items that are lost, not delivered or damaged and delivery time. We will make copies of delivery receipts available to you and we will file any "Lost or Damaged Package" forms with the United States Postal Service (USPS) on our end. We suggest you also file any claims you can with the postal service from your country on your end. Filing of any such claims or forms does not guarantee any results. There will be no refunds for items shipped via "First Class International" that are lost, not delivered or damaged. SPECIAL NOTE:  We have had no problems using this service to date, but we feel without out on-line computer "Delivery Tracking" and "Shipping Insurance" unavailable we needed to post this notice.

        *If you use the "Priority International" service it has "Delivery Tracking" and "Shipping Protection" is available. If you want the shipping insurance you need to let us know before paying for the item so we can research the amount and add it to your invoice. Every country is different and the USPS does not make it easy to find the correct amount on their website. 

        *International buyers please also note that international shipping can also result in extra "Customs Fees" charged to you from your country which we are not responsible to pay for.

        Thank you. 


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