Hope & Carter

I have seen several examples of pieces of a child’s tea set in an aesthetic collage pattern made by Hope & Carter.


The majority of this pattern that I have seen are unmarked but I have seen a few that had the impressed “H & C” Hope & Carter mark.  The saucer shown above is in a very dark brown, almost black, print.  I have also seen this pattern in red, blue and green.


The waste bowl shown above is a green print on a tan background.  I am uncertain is the tan background is the original color or if it has aged to this shade.

The January 14, 1862 notice in the London Gazette documents the formation of Hope & Carter.  John Hope had formerly been in partnership with Thomas Pinder and Joseph Bourne.  On January 13, 1862 Mssrs. Pinder and Bourne went their own way and John Hope joined with John Carter as earthenware manufacturers at the Fountain Place manufactory in Burslem, county of Stafford.

1862 The London Gazette Jan. 14 1862 pg245

Although thought by some to cater almost exclusively to the English trade, the following article from the August 17, 1876 Daily Register, documents a legal matter brought against John Hope, doing business as Hope & Carter, in New York.  I don’t know what this lawsuit was about and I don’t know if there were other lawsuits over the years.

1876 The Daily Register Aug 17, 1876

It is noted that ads for Hope & Carter pottery had appeared in publications across the United States.  The 1877-78 R. H. Macy’s catalogue carried a line of Hope & Carter pottery.  Although the “Chinese” pattern (sometimes referred to as “Chang” pattern) shown below does not indicate Hope & Carter as the manufacturer, it is noted elsewhere within the catalogue.

1877-78 R.H.Macy's & Co Catalogue

The following ad is from the Pottery and Glass Trades Journal, October 1, 1879.  Note that it states: “Suitable for the following markets: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Cape Colonies, South America, France, Germany, Russia, United States, West Indies, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and The United Kingdom.”

1879 The Pottery and Glass Trades Journal Oct.1,1879

The following article appeared in the November 15, 1879 Furniture Gazette:

1879 The Furniture Gazette Nov. 15 1879

This 1879 article discusses the hard time the English potteries were having competing with the Trenton (New Jersey) potteries and specifically mentions Hope & Carter.  The following year, 1880, Hope & Carter closed up shop.

1885 Pottery Gazette Feb.2 1885

The Edge, Malkin & Co. ad shown above from the February 2, 1885 Pottery Gazette announced that they were able to supply certain patterns purchased at the Hope & Carter sale.

Hope & Carter had an impressive list of patents obtained over the years:


Some of these patents did not indicate what the subject matter was, thus “not given” is shown.

plate patents

Some plate patents are shown above and some shape patents follow:

shape patents

Hope & Carter offered many different patterns, probably the most successful being Chinese.  Some of their known pattern names are:


The aesthetic collage pattern on the playtime tea sets shown at the beginning of this post was a turn from the more traditional styles offered by the company.  It could have been an effort by Hope & Carter to stay relevant and continue in business.  It is also noted that Hope & Carter appeared at the 1880 Melbourne (Australia) Exhibition.  It was a long and costly trip for them and most likely another attempt to hang in there.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work as their business closed that same year.


I don’t know if this pattern was ever given a name or if it had been advertised.  I do know that it is my favorite Hope & Carter pattern.  This little blue and white tea cup and saucer are available for sale at my Etsy shop:


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3 Responses to Hope & Carter

  1. queenofsienna says:

    Reblogged this on Transferware and commented:

    This post can also be found on my other blog, Queenofsienna@gmail…

  2. KerryCan says:

    I’m so interested in the idea that children would be given such beautiful pottery pieces. The blue and white teacup set is gorgeous. (And, BTW, the link to your shop doesn’t work!)

  3. queenofsienna says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the link…it’s fixed. It really is amazing any of this playtime pottery has survived. I have seen ads for complete sets made of Britannia metal including teapot, sugar, creamer, cups, saucers and utensils but have never seen the actual set. I would think a metal set would have a much better chance of survival.

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