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Washington Pottery, Beefeater and Aquarius Designs

Aquarius Plate, Washington Pottery

How fantastically psychedelic are these plates!

They are from are series of plates called “Beefeater” – There were 6 plates in this series, and there were also 6 round plates, 6 mugs and 6 bowls with the same designs, but much less commonly found.

Recently I found for the first time some of the fabulous bowls and mugs from the series on Etsy – see below. The design would be from the 1960s or early 1970s – it would be great to know the designer but he or she has not been identified.

Similar in style to the Beefeater plates is a series  called “Aquarius” – on the same plate form as Beefeater, and like the Beefeater plates are quite large (Large enough for a whole fish), again with 6 designs in the series.

While the Beefeater ones have a backstamp for the maker as “English Ironstone Pottery Ltd, Staffordshire” the Aquarius plates have “English Ironstone Tableware, by Washington Pottery, Staffordshire”. I  believe that this is the same company as the address is/was the same for both – (College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire). Washington Pottery operated from 1946-1973 – and it was common for potteries in England to use a variety of different trade marks.

The Aquarius design series are much harder to find than the Beefeater design.

The Beefeater photos below are all from the Flickr page of “Beetle2001cybergreen” – Clicking the images will take you to the Flickr page for each. Other images are attributed below, and if not attributed they are my images.

 

Beefeater Plate, Washington Pottery, Staffordshire

Beefeater Bowls, Washington Pottery

Beefeater Bowls, Washington Pottery Image via “divineinfrance”Etsy

Beefeater Plate Backstamp

Beefeater Plate Backstamp

Aquarius Plate Backstamp

Aquarius Plate Backstamp

Beefeater Mugs, Washington Pottery

Beefeater Mugs, Washington Pottery – Image via “BrocanteMitchVintage” on Etsy

Retro 1970's Beefeater Psychedelic Cow Plate Staffordshire Pottery England
Retro 1970's Beefeater Psychedelic Cow Plate Staffordshire Pottery England
Retro 1970's Beefeater Psychedelic Cow Plate Staffordshire Pottery England
Retro 1970's Beefeater Psychedelic Cow Plate Staffordshire Pottery England
Retro 1970's Beefeater Psychedelic Cow Plate Staffordshire Pottery England
Retro 1970's Beefeater Psychedelic Cow Plate Staffordshire Pottery England

Aquarius Plate, Washington Pottery

Aquarius Plate, Washington Pottery

Aquarius Plate, Washington Pottery

Aquarius Plate, Washington Pottery

Aquarius Plates, Washington Pottery

Aquaries Plates, Washington Pottery
Image via “divineinfrance”Etsy

 

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