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This very old china plate has no maker’s mark on the back at all, so I could not, for a long time, find out anything about its history.  Fortunately one of my followers saw the post on Instagram and recognised this as a John Tams piece, in the pattern named 'Mimosa'.


John Tams & Son Ltd, was an earthenware manufacturer at Crown Pottery and the Blyth Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The company began operations in 1875 and continued as a family-owned business until it was floated on the stock exchange as a public company in 1988. 


Unfortunately the plate was in very poor condition, with a good deal of deep crazing and a lot of discolouration. I believe this plate to date from between the very early 1900’s to the 1930's.


This pendant comes with a matching ring.

See 'China sets'.


As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this unique jewellery is individually handcrafted by me in my studio.


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

This round pendant measures 30mm x 5mm deep.

The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -

wire collar 46cm/18"

box chain 56cms/22"

link chain 66cms/26"

snake chain 70cms/27"

John Tams & Son, Mimosa, round vintage china 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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