Heralding Souvenir China; DON RODGERS Bargain Hunter
Byline: Bargain Hunter
EVERYONE, at some time or other, must have come across examples of what is known as crested china or souvenir heraldic china.
Huge numbers of these wares were produced mainly between the 1880s and the 1930s to satisfy the increased demand for souvenirs from workers benefiting from the novelty of paid leave to head for the seaside.
The pieces shown here were made by three of the best known producers, namely Goss, Arcadian and Carlton China. The Orkney vase is by the earliest and most collectable maker, WH Goss. William Goss ran a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent from 1858. He and his son Adolphus shared an interest in archaeology and heraldry and it was this that led them to make models of historic objects held in museums. Adolphus then had the idea of applying transfers of coats of arms to these wares which proved successful.
Initially, Goss only applied the relevant coat of arms to an object from a particular locality but as that was found too limiting it was possible from 1883 to order any object combined with any coat of arms - in this case, a copy of a vase dug up near Swindon printed with the arms of Orkney.
Goss china was often produced in series, such as cottages, fonts, crosses and shoes, creating a collector's market for complete sets. …