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Like so many 19th and 20th century potteries, Sampson Hancock & Sons built their reputation and business on ranges of semi-porcelain and earthenware tablewares for the mass market. Sampson Hancock established his pottery in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1857, and it continued in the hands' of his sons after Hancock's death in 1900.

Following the First World War, Hancock & Sons started to place a heavier emphasis on the market for decorative wares. A number of distinct and collectable decorative ranges resulted. Today, wares such as Ivory Ware, Corona Ware and perhaps most famously, Morris Ware are highly collectible. Morris Ware was the brainchild of designer George Cartlidge, who worked for Hancock & Sons from 1918-1927, and was perhaps intended to compete with early Moorcroft pottery. Cartlidge's tubelined and richly-coloured designs formed the core of the Morris Ware range (although other designers later contributed to it), and are highly-collectable and sought-after by collectors today.

Hancock & Sons eventually closed their doors in 1937, having gone into receivership shortly before.

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