Seriously, how can you not love this bustling carousel with its jolly painted horses and flailing arms? This pattern is called Carousel and it’s a china design by Alfred Meakin.
Meakin are one of the Stoke in Trent pottery companies formed in the late 1800s. They produced lots of cheap ironstone pottery throughout the 19th century.
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Alfred Meakin operated from a factory in Tunstall. His brothers James and George had a factory nearby and operated under the name J and G Meakin.
The appeal of the China lay in it’s hard wearing nature and it’s fashionable designs.
Many of Meakin’s lines were exported to America, and were very popular there.
There are several decades of Meakin out there and I was lucky enough to pick some up for a matter of pence at a car boot sale a few years ago. I have also come across it being sold at scandalously high prices in charity and antique shops. It’s rather charming and one of many things I could get addicted to.
I’m keeping an eye out for any on my travels and hope to add some to my collection – for the right price you understand!
It is with a an eagle eye I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it…