History of The Colclough China Company
The Colclough China Company was founded by Herbert Joseph Colclough in 1897. He was an ex Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent and was passionate about pottery. He had a love of design and colour which made his products popular.
In 1913, following a visit to his Vale Pottery in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, by King George V and Queen Mary, he received a Royal Licence, and started to produce Royal Vale China as a backstamp of the Colclough China Company.
According to various histories of the Potteries, Colclough was the first to produce dinnerware as well as tea sets. He had an ambition to make the sets accessible to the mass market rather than just the preserve of the rich. This was achieved by making individual items available so that people could build up a collection over time rather than having to order a complete set in one go. An advert the company ran in 1947 stated, "The brand-name of Colclough stands for delicate Bone China which combines quality and decoration with price within the reach of all." It also claimed to be "Britains largest manufacturers of Bone China Teaware."
The company continued to grow. In 1948, it took acquired Booths and Adderley. Then in the early 1950's merged again with the Ridgeway Company to become "Ridgway, Adderley, Booths & Colcloughs Ltd". In 1955 they were renamed as Ridgeway Pottery Ltd. The company was then acquired by Royal Doulton Group in the early 1970's. In 1996, Colclough production ceased.
Colclough Tea Sets today
Herbert Colclough definitely succeeded in bringing his beautiful tea ware to the masses. This is one of the reasons so much of it is available today. The quality of the bone china, vividness of the colours and the beauty of the designs, mean it is still desirable today.
There is a wide range of beautiful pre-loved Colclough Tea Sets available. Obviously, prices vary depending on the design and the condition. However, whatever you pay, a Colclough Tea Set is a beautiful thing to treasure.