Lord Nelson Ware Pottery
Lord Nelson Ware Chintz cheese dish
Lord Nelson Ware Chintz cheese dish

Lord Nelson Ware was a brand of pottery that was produced by the British ceramic manufacturer Elijah Cotton Ltd.

History & Description

Elijah Cotton Ltd. was founded in 1885 and operated out of the Nelson Pottery factory in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The factory was built on the site of a much older factory dating from 1785. The Lord Nelson Ware trademark was produced from 1913 but the actual term did not appear until the late-1940s or early-1950s.

During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Elijah Cotton Ltd. was one of the premier manufacturers in Stoke-on-Trent, which, because of the city’s prominent ceramic industry, was widely known as The Potteries.

Lord Nelson Ware was an extremely popular brand of pottery in the early-twentieth century and continued to be produced until 1981.

Guide for collectors

Instances of Lord Nelson Ware pottery are relatively uncommon at national auction houses. However, they are regularly advertised on eBay.

In order to identify Lord Nelson Ware pottery, collectors should locate the trademark’s stamp, which is typically on the base of the product. The stamp bears the resemblance of Lord Nelson and is stamped NELSON WARE or LORD NELSON WARE. However, collectors should take note that early products were not marked.

Notable auction sales

On January 22nd 2008 at O’Gallerie in Portland, Oregon, a seventy-four piece Lord Nelson Ware china set, made by Elijah Cotton Ltd., realised a price of $450.

On January 1st 2010 at Phoebus Auction Gallery in Hampton, Virginia, a twenty-eight piece Lord Nelson Ware chintz tableware set, made by Elijah Cotton Ltd., realised a price of $50.

On February 22nd 2012, a set of five Lord Nelson Ware plates, made by Elijah Cotton Ltd., was sold on eBay for $49.

On June 4th 2006 at American Auction Co. in Seal Beach, California, a Lord Nelson Ware chintz cheese dish, made by Elijah Cotton Ltd., realised a price of $45.

See also

Main article: List of pottery manufacturers
Main article: Porcelain

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