The list of porcelain potteries from the Staffordshire region includes many well recognized names in the world of vintage porcelain collectibles.
Often with a set of initials within the knot loops and sometimes a crown above the knot.
“Many nineteenth-century printed marks are based on stock designs – variations of the royal arms, a garter-shaped mark or the Staffordshire knot (both the garter and knot with and without a crown). It was much used in the 1870’s and 1880’s and continues, in some instances, to the present day.
Some pieces, however, were as early as the 1770’s and other pieces dated to the early 1900’s.
As porcelain makers began using the Devonshire white clay their porcelain formulations became known as soft-paste or salt-glazed porcelain.
However, the earliest verified appearance of the Staffordshire Knot is on a seal in the British Museum.
The seal was the property of Joan, Lady of Wake, who died in 1443.
However it wasn’t part of their armorial bearings, but rather a badge they gave to their servants and retainers as a livery and form of recognition.
The townsmen of Stafford who were leigemen of the Stafford family, also used the knot.
Most people have probably heard of Staffordshire Porcelain, and most vintage and antique porcelain collectors are probably familiar with the name. It is also a type of porcelain which was known as salt-glazed, or creamware porcelain, but these aren’t the only types produced there.
But, just what does Staffordshire mean when you’re talking about pottery & porcelain? And it is also associated with a style of porcelain design – Blue Ware was a porcelain design that originated in Staffordshire.
These marks might be found with the initials or names of the relevant manufacturers.” There are various stories of how the Staffordshire knot came to be; One states that a local Sheriff devised the knot to cut costs by allowing three criminals to be hanged with a single rope.