Items produced pre 1940 more often than not have the pattern number written by hand in black ink on the base of the item.In the example above on the left, the pattern number is 3968 (Blossom & Spray); the number above 1/8360 is batch number. In the example on the right above the pattern number is 4340 (New Stork) and the shape number 1640/5.Its’ world wide popularity is matched only by its incredible range.From novelties and crested ware, to salad ware and the embossed patterns like Foxglove, Buttercup, Oak and Hydrangea and then on to the hand painted and lustre patterns like the Chinoiserie School of patterns and Tutankhamen, Crested Bird, Spiders Web and New Stork.With James Wiltshaw now in control he employed a new Art Director that would lead W&R out of the shadow of From 1916 the pattern number system flows clearly and cleanly through to the 1960’s.From this point all patterns are laid out by pattern number.The Chinoiserie school takes in 10 motifs, most of which began production under the W&R mark, but many of which also went on to produced under the Carlton Ware mark as well.
I have given the Chinoiserie school of motifs a separate page, as there are so many pattern numbers and variations associated with these patterns.
My reasons for this are clearly laid out in Introduction.
The early Blush Ware patterns where marked with the Swallow or Ribon makers mark.
In 1894 the W&R Crown & Swallow maker's mark was introduced.
This page covers the period just after James Wiltshaw and the Robinson’s parted company.
Every item pictured has the pattern number written below it.