Quite often I come across some very smart decorative patterns on Staffordshire pottery marked “Biltons”, with designs from the 1950s to 1970s.
There doesn’t seem to be much written about this maker, except for the timeline below which comes from ThePotteries.Org . They produced mainly inexpensive dinnerware for the domestic mass-market…and their peak seemed to be in the 1960s when they introduced mass production decoration techniques such as rubber stamped pattern making, and multi colour machine printing.
As happened frequently with many of the Staffordshire potteries, Biltons changed ownership often before being unable to continue into the 21st Century due to both changing markets and financial pressures.
1900-1912 Biltons Ltd
1912-1986 Biltons (1912) Ltd
June 1986 bought by Coloroll Ceramics
Aug 1990 became part of Staffordshire Tableware following management buyout of Coloroll
Sept 1994 put up for sale by Staffordshire Tableware
July 1995 management buyout from Staffordshire Tableware
August 1998 bought by Dubelle Foundation (offshore investment trust) split into Stoke Potteries Ltd. (manufacturing); Stoke Potteries (Holdings) Ltd.; and Biltons Tableware 1998 Ltd. (sales)
Jan 1999 in voluntary liquidation