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However, of these, just six form major families of marks (ILLUSTRATION 1), five of which are based on ship designs; the 1st and 2nd Galleons, the Liner, the Clipper and the Pharaoh's Boat.The exception is the 'Sunburst' Gloria Lustre mark.

53 of them are included on this website but only 20 represent significantly different versions.

It is therefore possible to find pieces with such names as Harrods, Mappin & Webb and William Whiteley (London), Awmacks (Leeds), Grace Bros (Sydney), Mottahedeh (New York).

Some of these names appear alongside the Gray's backstamp, others replace it, such as with Heals of London.

Produced by some sort of rubber stamp, this mark was applied to ware exclusively made for .

Typically, it can be found on matt-glazed ware supplied by Kirklands of Etruria or Whieldon Ware from Winkle & Co/Ridgways of Shelton. The earthenware producer Johnson Brothers of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, was a major supplier to and its products often have distinct date-related marks such as 'Pareek' (registered in 1925), 'Greydawn' (introduced in 1928) or 'Rosedawn' (introduced in 1930) (ILLUSTRATION 5).

Retailers section Because of the various town references included in many Gray's backstamps, it is worth mentioning here that today's conurbation of the City of Stoke-on-Trent was formed in 1910 following the federation of the six towns of Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke-upon-Trent, Fenton and Longton.

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employees and documentary material in contemporary sources.

Very little original company material has survived, meaning that potentially useful primary source data no longer exist.

His Clipper mark was highly successful and was in use, subtly modified as appropriate, from the early 1930s until the last of was a decorating business - buying undecorated 'white ware' from other pottery manufacturers - the pieces that the company bought usually already had a backstamp.

Many Gray's pieces therefore often have two backstamps (ILLUSTRATION 3) : the original maker's mark and the Gray's mark on top of it, usually large enough and bold enough to obscure the mark beneath.

Sorry not to be more certain, but cannot feel that the history of England is much to be affected by a slight uncertainty in this matter!