Then Thomas Callowhill in 1855, David Bates in 1858, and Thomas Brock and George Owen in 1859.
In 1862 Kerr returned to his native Ireland and under the leadership of Richard Binns, with established new materials, new bodies & improved glazes and with properly trained staff the Worcester factory climbed to new heights of success.
Then to Chamberlain & Co (1840-1850) when Flight, Barr and their arch rival Chamberlain joined forces.
In 1852 Irishmen, Richard William Binns (1819-1900) and William Henry Kerr (1823-1879) took over the management of the Chamberlain & Co. The factory had been ravaged by fire and an extensive building programme took place in the 1850’s.
Alongside the name changes came different base marks including a “W”, a blue crescent, a fretted square, an anchor, imitation Chinese numbers, and a crown.
At its height, the firm employed around 1,000 people, but after merging with Spode, and due to heavy competition production was switched to factories in Stoke and abroad.
Remember Royal Worcester produced a wide range of wares and they come in many different shapes and with many differnet motifs.
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Early production was rather haphazard and the purchase of Benjamin Lund’s Bristol company was used to bring vital technical expertise into the mix.
Worcester also obtained licences to mine soapstone in Cornwall and worcester soapstone porcelain did not crack when boiling water was poured into it; giving worcester a significant advantage over other producers.
Worcester played a major role in the development of the English porcelain tradition, going through several name changes over the years and merging or taking over other manufacturers.