Carlton Chocolate Mugs

During the 1930’s The Pottery produced a number of these most desirable items. They are a fine example of the first class modelling and moulding techniques achieved at Copeland Street allied to attractive naturalistic designs. They are further enhanced by the individuality of the handles. According to the pattern books,  known as beakers and covers. This is a good collecting area as it is neither too small nor too large. The mugs need to be inclusive of the cover.

Prices vary according to desirability and rarity, for instance Apple  Blossom and Foxglove should be obtainable complete and in good condition for well under a hundred pounds whereas good examples of Pink Buttercup and Clematis will strain the pocket at close to three hundred pounds. The only detail to be found on the backstamp is the impressed shape number which at least gives an indication of the order in which the beakers were produced.

Shape number 1068 Anemone, 1585 Buttercup, 1687 Apple Blossom, 1787 Water Lily, 1808 Crocus, 1886 Apple Blossom, 1907 Basket/Springtime, 1957 Clematis.

As far as is known Anemone came in two different shapes – one with a ring handle the other with a ‘7’ version. Yellow,  green and mottled pink are known body colours. The covers reflect the colours of the flowers and therefore could be orange, pink/red or purple. Crocus, Basket/Springtime and Water Lily all come in either green or lemon. Buttercup both in lemon and pink. The ubiquitous Apple Blossom in french green, lemon, pale green and pale pink although it is not known if mugs were produced in all colours. Foxglove came in green, lemon, peach (beige) and pink, again unclear if all colours were made and finally Clematis can be found in green, lemon and sea green.

Generally as to the fruit embossed range, only Cherry has a mug but this does not resemble the floral versions. The Cherry mug is much more traditional in shape and didn’t come with a lid. The same apples to the Vine pattern.

As with all things Carlton Ware, we hesitate to say that this is the definitive situation for as we all know exciting discoveries are still being made. A selection of photographs is shown, note the plain mugs which were subject to decorating restrictions during WW2.

The assistance of Helen Martin and the Mortimer Brown collection is most appreciated.

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A selection of different designs

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Some plain examples – probably from WW2

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Clematis in sea green

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Photo taken from the original pattern book

Barry and Elaine




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