Royal Tudorware was manufactured by the Barker Brothers from 1876 to 1880/82 at Gold Street, Longton, and then at the Meir Works, Barker Street, Longton. In 1910 the business was bought by the brothers William and Arthur Hewitt, although the name 'Barker Bros' continued to be used.
In 1939 Sampson Smith's was also purchased by the Hewitt brothers. Gerald Hewitt directed Sampson Smith's & Arnold Hewitt, Barker Bros. From 1941 to 1945 production of both companies was at the Barker Bros factory.
In 1959 Barker Bros was taken over by Alfred Clough. The name Barker Bros continued to be used until the business closed in 1981. The name ROYAL TUDOR continued to be used by sucessor businesses including Grindley of Stoke (1972-1982) and Federated Potteries (1982-87).
This pendant was made from a Royal Tudorware plate with a maker’s mark from between 1930 and 1960.
Royal Tudorware, Barker Brothers, vintage china, sterling silver, flowers, large
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 is easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend the ring band 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.