Saturday, 10 March 2012

Old Foley

Can any of you tell me any thing about "Old Foley, James Kent - made in Staffordshire"?

I found this lovely little piece in my local charity shop yesterday. Ive only ever seen it with "seaside" place names on so couldn't resist this little jug.

18 comments:

Rowan said...

That's really pretty but I'm afraid I can't enlighten you about 'Old Foley'.

Jan said...

Your post jogged my memory.. I know that my Mum has a few pieces like this hidden away somewhere. I don't know anything about the background tho. Jx

Wanda said...

Only that it was an old and long established potbank in Longton. Long gone now of course. Mostly decorative giftware, knick-knacks. Masses of it about when I was growing up.
Not particularly expensive in it's day but nicely made and typical of the many small firms that were once crammed into the area.

Little Blue Mouse said...

That brought back memories of holidays when I was a kid - not that I went to Sheffield on holiday of course!

BadPenny said...

Lovely find but no info sorry ! I love it when a customer finds something special at the shop - it makes their day - and mine !

Jackie said...

really unusual find..and very pretty too! x

Ray+Joan said...

Log on to (James Kent Old Foley-kovels kommets).it's got information that you may be looking for, interesting piece.

Janet said...

John would so love that !

Rosie said...

The James Kent, Old Foley factory was in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. In fact it was about a 15 minute walk from here; on King street there is a bus stop where people getting off have asked for Foley. I don't think there is anything left of the factory although there is another old factory down there called the Phoenix Works - I'll try and find out more for you. I love the colour of your jug:)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Now that could be really worthwhile. I saw someone on TV the other day, who picked up an item up in a charity shop for 50p, it went for just over £300 at auction!!!! T'other Diane

Carol said...

Lovely jug, no wonder you couldn't resist it.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
Carol xx

Liz said...

Love the colour - so vibrant!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Gilly said...

Quite a lot on internet about Old Foley, but I can't find your jug! But its a lovely jug, and even if Sheffield isn't by the seaside, I would have bought it too!1

Jo said...

I'm afraid I don't know anything about Old Foley, but I do like your jug.

Lisa said...

True blue for you! Can't help you but I can see why you had to take it home with you.
Lisa x

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

What a lovely personal find. I see lots of Old Foley on Trade Me (NZ's answer to E Bay). And one of the wonders of the Blogosphere is that someone will have something quite pertinent to add. Good to read Rosie's close-to-the-spot comment.
Here, NZ's main mid-century bog-standard domestic china fetches quite high prices.

Mad about Craft said...

I'd have to buy that too.

Amanda said...

Both Rosie and I live close to the Foley area. Funny enough The old Foley pub was on TV this morning, as a clip on Homes under the Hammer. Just mentioned it to hubby and his brother used to work at James Kent. Here is a link http://www.thepotteries.org/location/districts/foley_a.htm There is a retail park near by and we drive past the back of the buildings most days.

Thats the thing about being from Stoke there is always some relative who worked in one of the potbanks. Aunts at Doulton's, mum TC Wilds, Paragon china.