A guide to Prattware pottery.
There are essentially two different types of Prattware of interest to collectors. There is early, hand painted Prattware and also a later, transfer printed Prattware. Both types of wares were produced by the Pratt pottery works in Fenton, Staffordshire, which was in continuous operation from 1775 until 1885 and it is after this company that Prattware is named.
Early, Hand Painted, Prattware
Early Prattware is a cream tinted earthenware, with coloured relief decoration painted underneath the glaze, which was made from about 1780 until the 1840's. It was typically produced from the same pallete of colours, namely brilliant orange, green, cobalt blue, black or brown. Also, zigzag and acanthus-leaf borders are very common design patterns.
This early pottery was not only produced by the Pratt factory, it was also produced by several other potteries in Staffordshire, along with many other companies from all over England and Scotland. However, it was most closely associated with the Pratt factory, hence it became known generically as Prattware.
Later, Transfer Printed Prattware
In the 1840's the Pratt factory became the leading manufacturers of pots with coloured, underglaze, transfer printed lids. These pots contained such things as bears grease, fish paste and potted meats and the colourful lids were designed to be an effective advertising device. The same transfer printed designs that featured on the pot lids were also reproduced on a large range of tea wares. These lids and other related wares are collectively known as Prattware.
It was not just the Pratt factory that produced these transfer printed wares. Most notably, the company of T.J & J. Mayer also had a reputation for very high quality products. Despite this, coloured transfer printed pottery became generically known as Prattware, regardless of the actual manufacturer.
Prattware Guide Books
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Prattware For Sale
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An excellent price guide to all varieties of Prattware is provided by Dorling Kindersley. They have detailed examples of animal and human figures, jugs, mugs, tankards, plaques, spill vases, teapots, Toby jugs, and pot lids.