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Elijah Cotton started his business in 1880 at the Lichfield Street Works, Eastwood, Hanley. He outgrew these works and in 1885 built the Nelson Pottery on the corner of Nelson Road and Commercial Road, in which Lord Nelson Ware was manufactured.

This particular pattern, 'Heather', is in the style known as chintzware, with the plate's surface covered with a thick, all-over floral design akin to chintz textile patterns. It’s a type of transferware in which the pattern is applied by transfer printing rather than the more conventional process of hand painting.

The particular little dish this pendant was crafted from dates from around 1948.


As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this pendant has been individually handcrafted by me in my studio.


This pendant can also be purchased with matching earrings.

See 'china jewellery sets'.


The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.

This oval pendant measures 26mm x 20mm x 5mm.

The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -

wire collar 46cm/18"

box chain 56cms/22"

link chain 66cms/26"

snake chain 70cms/27"

Elijah Cotton Co, Lord Nelson, 'Heather' vintage china, oval pendant

  • The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
    As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
    The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
    The sterling silver ring and earring hooks are easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend them too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break. 

    The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.

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