Dating Minton Porcelain and Pottery using antique Minton Marks
Minton from 1796 and during its nearly two hundred year history, has been a very important Stoke firm that has traded under various styles.
After Herbert Mintons death in 1858 the Minton name continued as the Company name but no Minton family member has been connected with the firm since.
Minton Porcelain Mark Styles
Over the company’s 200 year history the names associated with the Minton marks on porcelain and china changed. So, let’s begin by detailing what those name changes were.
- c1796: Thomas Minton
- c1800: Minton, Poulson and Pounall
- c1801-02: Minton Poulson and Co
- c1802-08: Minton and Poulson
- c1809-17: Thomas Minton
- c1817-27: Thomas Minton and Sons
- c1824: Thomas Minton and Son
- c1824-36: Thomas Minton
- c1836-41: Minton and Boyle
- c1841-45: Herbert Minton and Co
- c1845: Minton and Hollins
- c1847-73: Herbert Minton and Co
- c1873-84: Mintons
- c1884: Mintons
Antique Minton Marks on Pottery and Porcelain :
Mark in overglaze blue enamel only used with gilded pieces. Before 1805 pattern number is preceded by No., after 1805 pattern number is on its own.
Rare pseudo Dresden crossed swords mark in underglaze blue on floral encrusted porcelain, which is sometimes confused with Coalport porcelain.
Several variations of Minton Marks incorporate the initial M.
Minton and Boyle Period mark. Many printed marks of this period incorporate the initials ‘M & B’
Example of one style of mark, where several variations were used, many of which include the initials ‘M & Co.’
Minton and Hollins Period. Many printed marks of this period bear the initials ‘M & H’
Incised or impressed mark on early Parian figures. Sometimes with year cypher.
Painted Mark ‘Ermine’ indicating a special soft glaze. Earliest recorded use May 1850 on the Godden Collection.
Impressed marks – MINTON used from 1862 then MINTONS from 1871 onwards. Both marks used with impressed year cyphers – see table below. This example December 1877.
Example Minton impressed marks showing full set of three marks – month letter O for October, illegible potters mark and year cypher for 1875. Found on piece signed 1876.
Standard print mark of a globe with Minton in central band.
MINTONS Standard print mark with crown added. England added from 1891. Made in England appears from c1902.
New version of standard Minton print mark with different crown and the globe now within laurel leaves. Earlier versions with ENGLAND below.
Modern Minton mark intoduced in 1951. This example showing various pattern details and including the designers signature.
From c1842 Minton introduced a year cypher.