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Armorial Ware

Armorial ware are ceramics decorated with a coat of arms. Armorials have been popular on European pottery dating from the Renaissance with examples seen on Italian Maiolica, Slipware, English and Dutch Delft, and on porcelain from the 18th century.


Crested Miniature Porcelain 

Collecting heraldic porcelain miniatures, or crested china as it is now popularly known, became a national craze in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. During the period of it’s production, around 1880 to1930, it is thought that around 90% of all homes contained some pieces.  Indeed, no holiday or seaside outing was complete without the purchase of some piece of souvenir porcelain. The introduction of Bank holidays in 1871, paid holidays for workers and improved wages, combined with improved travel facilities such as trains, paddlesteamers and charabancs, boosted the sales of souvenirs considerably.  
     During the 1880’s the pottery firm of W. H. Goss of Stoke-on-Trent produced a new line – miniature souvenir wear for Queen Victoria’s jubilees, and for pupils of public schools. Then the eldest son of the Goss family, Adolphus, hit on the idea of making miniatures of famous antiquities that could be seen in museums all over the country, and decorating them with relevant coats of arms. Soon agents were able to order any of the shaped models with their own respective local arms. Thus a national craze was initiated. By the mid 1890’s Goss were also producing miniature cottages, teasets, crosses, animals and fonts.
 

The majority of the armorials we have on sale are miniatures and are less than 3" tall.

These were issued as souvenirs of their respective cities, areas or organizations with heraldic crest or coat-of-arms. 

We do combine shipping so significant savings on shipping can be obtained when purchasing more than one.

(Depending on the item 6 of them would probably be shipped for the same cost as one.)

(A refund will be given once shipped)

.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature 2 handled vase with St. Annes On The Sea crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature 2 handled vase with St. Annes On The Sea crest. Unmarked
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature 3 legged handled pot with Southampton crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature 3 legged handled pot with Southhampton crest. Made by W.H. Goss this is a model of an ancient pipkin dug up at N P Bank Southampton
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature 3 legged pot with Southport crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature 3 legged pot with Southport crest. Unmarked
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature 3 legged pot with the city of London crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature 3 legged pot with the city of London crest. Miniature pot with small handles and 3 legs.
Miniature crested ware ewer with Canadian crest. $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Miniature crested ware ewer with Canadian crest
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature ewer with Richmond (Surrey) crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature ewer with Richmond (Surrey) crest. Unmarked
Mini model of an old English puzzle jug souvenir of LLandury $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Mini crested LLandury, England, model of an old English puzzle jug from the original in the South Kensington Museum. A fine example of armorial ware.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature ewer with the crest of Levenshulme $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature ewer with the crest of Levenshulme. Almost 3" tall
.....SOLD.....Shelley China cup with a coat of arms over "Saltcoates" $24.99
Click Here for Product Details! Shelley China cup with a coat of arms over "Saltcoates". A nice piece of armorial ware by Shelley China this dates between 1913 to 1936. This was probably a souvenir for the huge tidal pool built here in the 30s. (See Below)
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature handled pot with Birmingham crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature handled pot with Birmingham crest. Delicate armorial pot which is a model of an Egyptian urn. Made by Arcadian China. Stamp has Steele & Co. 40 New St. Birmingham.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature handled pot with Bolton Abbey crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature handled pot with Bolton Abbey crest. Miniature ewer by W. H. Goss this is a model of a Romano-Salopian ewer found at Uriconium. The original is now at the Shrewsbury Museum.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature pot with Douglas Isle of Man crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature pot with Douglas Isle of Man crest. Armorial miniature pot made by Gemma.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature pot with the city of Blackpool crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature pot with the city of Blackpool crest. Made by Florentine China.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature pot with the city of Blackpool crest. Model of ancient urn $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature pot with the city of Blackpool crest. Made by Carlton China this is a model of an ancient urn found at Penmaenmawr.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature vase with Christchurch crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature vase with Christchurch crest. Made by Tuscan China R.H & S.L. Plant mark.
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature vase with Folkestone crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature vase with Folkestone crest. Armorial miniature vase made by H M Co Premier. About 3" tall
.....SOLD.....Armorial miniature vase with Isle of Wight Ancient crest $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial miniature vase with Isle of Wight Ancient crest. Not sure who made this since there are 3 different marks. 1. W Couldrey (which may be a place) 2. Crafton (or Grafton) China and 3. A B J & Sons. About 1 3/4" tall.
.....SOLD.....Armorial Sandown miniature vase model of Roman vase found at Brading $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Armorial Sandown miniature vase model of Roman vase found at Brading. Unique miniature model of an ancient Roman vase with the Sandown crest I believe.
.....SOLD.....Miniature armorial ware mug with an unknown crest or coat of arms $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Miniature armorial ware mug with an unknown crest or coat of arms
Mini model of an old English puzzle jug souvenir of LLandury $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Mini crested LLandury, England, model of an old English puzzle jug from the original in the South Kensington Museum. A fine example of armorial ware.
.....SOLD.....Mini 3 handled armorial ware Mug Victorian china with crest and motto of Southport $14.99
Click Here for Product Details! Mini 3 handled armorial ware Mug Victorian china with crest and motto of Southport. Very small but well made mug about 2" high.
.....SOLD.....Miniature armorial ware jug with simulated basket weave with the "Ancient Arms Of The Burg Of Stirling" $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Miniature armorial ware jug with simulated basket weave with the "Ancient Arms Of The Burg Of Stirling". Very nice miniature jug with handle and mouth and made into a simulated basket weave textured china. It has three heraldic shields on it with a banner stating;"Ancient Arms Of The Burg Of Stirling".
Chip dip plate with Provincial Crests Flowers $2.99
Click Here for Product Details! This is a relish or chip & dip plate (or it could be used as a BIG ashtray). Made in Canada and decorated by N,C, Cameron & Sons Ltd. It has all the official Provincial shields an Provincial flowers of all the Canadian provinces.
.....SOLD.....Miniature armorial RCMP teapot from Giftcraft $7.99
Click Here for Product Details! Miniature armorial RCMP teapot from Giftcraft. This little pot has the crest and banner with "Royal Canadian Mounted Police" on it.
.....SOLD.....Miniature armorial ware candle holder with the coat of arms of Brighton on it $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Miniature armorial ware candle holder with the coat of arms of Brighton on it. Nicely done it is marked with green shield in which is marked"Bexxia" or "Beigla"
.....SOLD.....W R Carlton China Miniature Cheese Dish with Cover armorial ware $14.99
Click Here for Product Details! W & R Carlton China Miniature Cheese Dish with coverarmorial ware decorated with what (I believe) is the Coat Of Arms of Leicester). Delightful miniature piece of armorial ware with gold trim and bright crest. Appears to be early 1900s.
New Foundland souvenir plate with provincial crest and Newfoundland dog $7.99
Click Here for Product Details! New Foundland souvenir plate with provincial crest and Newfoundland dog
Royal Darwood Expo 67 cup and saucer $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! Royal Darwood Expo 67 cup and saucer. Nice souvenir of the Canadian World Exhibition in Montreal. Made by Royal Darwood it has a scene of the exhibition on the cup and small depictions of various countries’ pavillions. This is a full sized set compared to the smaller Expo67 cup and saucer we have on sale on our ’Demitasse’ page
Royal Darwood Canadian Crests cup and saucer $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Royal Darwood Canadian Crests cup and saucer. Interesting set showing the Provincial crests and the Canadian crest.
W.H. Goss armorial cup and saucer with the Windsor crest $5.00
Click Here for Product Details! W.H. Goss armorial cup and saucer with the Windsor crest. This beautifull cup and saucer look very much like a Shelley creation. Marvellously textured and shaped with the Windsor coat of arms on the front. Possibly decorated by Goss? Slightly cracked unfortunately.