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Mason's Patent Ironstone China
In 1806 Miles Mason entered into a partnership with his eldest son William at the larger Minerva Works. Further expansion took place in 1811 when they took on Sampson Bagnall's factory which was also at Lane End.
Over a number of years many experiments must have taken place with earthenware and prototype ironstone bodies. It is highly likely that Miles Mason was the driving force behind these developments, but it was his youngest son Charles James Mason who registered the famous patent 'for the improvement in manufacture of English porcelain'. The patent was taken out in 1813, the same year that Miles was to retire from the business.
Mason's Patent Ironstone China was extremely durable and could be produced at very competitive prices.
The changing dining habits of the early nineteenth century revolutionized the ceramic industry. A greater variety of items were required and ironstone was eminently suited to the manufacture of large items, especially dinner services.
The manufacture of porcelain was costly; the less expensive ironstone body could be afforded by a greater percentage of the population. It was much more resilient to daily household use and relatively inexpensive to replace.
You can view the factory marks of Mason's Patent Ironstone China on the Mason's Marks page.
"...the durability of the composition is beyond any other yet produced, and not being so liable to chip or break...will prove a recommendation for its general utility"
'The Times' - December 1813