Locke & Co Pottery Guide

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Locke & Co. was founded in 1896 by Edward Locke, who established a factory at the Shrub Hill, in Worcester. The pottery produced porcelain wares similar to some of those made by Royal Worcester at the time (although some say of slightly lesser quality) and quite probably Locke & Co benefited from the high profile and reputation of Royal Worcester.

What is certain is that Royal Worcester thought that Locke & Co. were making too much use of the Worcester brand - in 1902, Royal Worcester gained a high court injunction preventing Locke & Co. from using the title 'Worcester' on its wares without making it clear that the wares were not produced by the main Worcester factory. This almost certainly contributed to the Locke's decline and the company eventually closed in 1914.

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