Mini 2" Toy Creamer Jug/Pitcher by MidWinter Ltd Rural England Pattern CeramicGM062a
Rural England Pattern Ceramic Mini 2" Toy Creamer Jug/Pitcher by MidWinter Ltd 1930s to 1960s
Made by Midwinter Ltd, Burslem, England. Best I can figure, from internet research is this pitcher is circa 1930's to 1960's, but can't be sure when this specific piece was made. This is a nice vintage miniature pottery creamer or what is known as a toy creamer made in England. The creamer is in the brown and multicolored Rural England pattern and was made by Midwinter Ltd of Burslem Staffordshire England. The nominal 2" creamer has the image of an English country home surrounded by trees and has a colorful floral border on brown background. A very interesting piece to add to your miniature pottery collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description. The piece is marked on the bottom as follows "RURAL ENGLAND surrounding a crown and the words Midwinter Ltd; Burslem; England below it all in brown colored letters.
Approx. Dimensions: 1-7/8" T x 2-3/4" W x 2-1/8" D
Brief History of Midwinter Pottery, England (based on internet research).
- The Midwinter Pottery was founded as W.R. Midwinter by William Robinson Midwinter in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent in 1910 and had become one of England's largest potteries by the late 1930s with more than 700 employees. Production of Midwinter pottery ceased in 1987.
- In 1910 William Robinson Midwinter started his own pottery company in a small works in Bournes Bank after gaining experience working at the Doulton factory in Burslem.
- By the 1920”s he had expanded, acquiring the Albion Pottery and Hadderidge Pottery.
- In 1932 the business was incorporated as W. R. Midwinter Ltd, with William R Midwinter and A. T. Godwin as Directors.
- By the early 1940's the works employed around 700 people.
- Roy Midwinter (W. R. Midwinter's son) joined the company in 1946 after demobilization from the Royal Air Force.
- The business became very successful and in 1964 Midwinter acquired the businesses of A. J. Wilkinson and Newport Pottery.
- In the late 1960's Midwinter hit financial difficulties and merged with J & G Meakin in 1968 under 'British Tableware Ltd'
- The Meakin-Midwinter business was taken over by the Wedgwood Group two years later in 1970.
- The Midwinter name continued within the Wedgwood Group until 1987 when the Meakin & Midwinter (Holdings) Ltd business was closed.
Sold as is. No warranty from the Seller. No Returns.
CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in overall excellent condition. This piece does not appear to have any chips, cracks, hairlines, or repairs that I can see or feel, except does have visible crazing in the white areas of the piece (see pictures). Since these are vintage pieces, they do come with natural imperfections that add to their character (zoom into photos to look for any imperfections). Does not come with any original boxes, packaging, or any related paperwork. Will be packed carefully and insured for safe shipping. See detailed (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.