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A Guide to Hammersley China Markings and Backstamps

Hannah Widdop

Hammersley China is a name synonymous with timeless beauty and exquisite craftsmanship, and has enchanted collectors for generations. If you’ve come across a piece of Hammersley chinaware or are considering adding it to your collection, understanding how to identify Hammersley china markings and backstamps is essential.

Located in The Potteries – just like we are! – at Potteries Auctions we have plenty of experience with an array of Hammersley fine bone chinaware and floral styles and patterns.

Let’s delve into the world of Hammersley China pottery markings, and hopefully equip you with at least some basic knowledge to recognise and appreciate their works along the way!

A Brief History of Hammersley China

The Hammersley pottery was founded in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, in 1862 by John Hammersley and his brother-in-law, John Shaw. They quickly gained recognition for their high-quality porcelain and intricate designs.

In 1932, Hammersley & Co was incorporated as Hammersley and Co (Longton) Ltd. In 1966, Hammersley sold out to Copeland – who were in partnership with Spode. A decade later, Royal Worcester purchased the Spode name and Hammersley became part of the Royal Worcester and Spode group.

Eventually, in 1988, the brand was sold to Aynsley China, where items under the Hammersley name were still sold until the Aynsley factory shut down in 2014 – although any link to the original business was by name alone. Hammersley china was coveted for its elegant aesthetics and fine craftsmanship, making it a favourite among collectors worldwide.

How to Identify Hammersley China Markings

Hammersley marks can often be found on the underside of the piece, typically hand-painted or printed in black or green. The style and design of the mark can provide valuable clues about the approximate age of the piece.

  • From 1887-1912, early Hammersley pieces bore impressed or printed marks of either ‘H & C’ or ‘H & Co’, often with a crown.
  • From 1912 onwards, their wares were stamped with printed marks of the full name ‘HAMMERSLEY & Co’, and were always associated with a crown.
  • From 1912-39, Hammersley backstamps featured the place name ‘LONGTON, STOKE-on-TRENT’ and had the addition of ‘ENGLAND’.
  • From 1939 onwards, variations of the mark featured an acorn and crown and would also feature the addition of ‘MADE IN ENGLAND’.

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How to Sell Hammersley China at Auction

At Potteries Auctions, we can identify and provide valuations on a wide range of Hammersley China pieces. Our team can help value your collection, turn you into a collector or advise on how much your Hammersley Chinaware could be worth.

Please get in touch with us if you’re looking for an expert evaluation and are seeking to sell your Hammersley pottery. Free valuation days are held every Tuesday at our Silverdale saleroom – to book an appointment, use our online booking form here. You can also email us at or call us on +44 (0)1782 638100. Valuations can even be provided via WhatsApp – simply send some clear images of your items via the app to 07864 667940.