Guide dating aynsley china backstamp
All agree, however, that by 1810 Aynsley and Company were producing their own china on Flint Street in Longton.
Specializing in lusterware, by the time of his death in 1829 John Aynsley was credited with popularizing this type of porcelain “through the whole of the district”.
The company eventually moved into china production, although accounts vary with regards to the date.
Some suggest manufacturing began as early as 1776, while others suggest 1788 as a more likely date.
Through the early-mid Victorian period, John Aynsley (II) subcontracted for various potteries in Staffordshire, before founding a factory (known as the ‘Portland Works’) in Longton in 1861.
The second John Aynsley was also active in local politics, serving as Mayor of Longton between 18.
Two Staffordshire potters and entrepreneurs, Josiah Wedgwood and Thomas Whieldon, produced a cream colored lead-glazed earthenware, which became known by 1765 as Queen’s Ware.
To add confusion, the original John Aynsley’s grandson was also named John Aynsley.
The traditional recipe for bone china was improved and perfected by Josiah Spode at his Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire between c17.
By the turn of the 18 century, commercially produced bone china was readily available on the English market.
Not much is known about John Aynsley’s early life, but it is likely his parents were semi-elite landowners who helped him set up his Longton factory at the age of 23.
Initially, Aynsley was known as an enameller, indicating he was at first a china decorator rather than a manufacturer.