Mason's
 
 

Charles James Mason took out the patent in 1813 for "Ironstone Patent China" in order to provide a cheap alternative to Chinese porcelain. Mason specialised in vases, jugs and dinner services and the production of Ironstone reached the height of technical and artistic excellence. 
 
 
'Harvest Gold' - Length 16.0cms: height  10.5 cms
Length 16.0cms: height  10.5 cms
Length 16.0cms: height  10.5 cms
 
 

 
 
Length 16.0cms: height  10.5 cms
The acquisition of Mason's by Francis Morley in 1850 culminated in a partnership with G L Ashworth in 1861, along with the Mason moulds and patterns.
Length 16.0cms: height  10.5 cms
 
 

The company was renamed Mason's Ironstone China Ltd in 1968 and the pottery subsequently joined the Wedgwood Group in 1973. This fact is very clearly illustrated with  the piggy banks on this page which are all from the same mould.
 
 
Wedgwood - Length 16.0cms: height  10.5 cms
The  pigs above are all stamped Mason's Ironstone, whilst the piggy bank to the left is stamped Wedgwood as indicated in the accompanying photograph.
Wedgwood backstamp
 
   
   
Metal stopper
Mason's piggy banks have the distinction of being one of the very few to have metal stoppers. Unlike the Goebel stoppers which have small keys, these use a concentic fit and just require inserting and turning 90 degrees.
Metal stopper
   
   

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