Hindley & Sons, 1880–1882


Mid-Victorian paper label of C.Hindley & Sons, applied to furniture items.

  • Charles Hindley & Sons were established at 31 & 32 Berners Street, London, as carpet and rug manufacturers, taking over the Oxford Street cabinet-makers Miles & Edwards in 1844. The company was a noted furniture-maker, receiving a Royal Warrant of Appointment and a place at the 1851 Great Exhibition (see G. Beard and C. Gilbert Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, Furniture History Society, 1986).

  • The Benthall Pottery Company produced art pottery for C.Hindley & Sons at their 134 Oxford Street showrooms, and were described in contemporary advertisements as "sole agents for the Salopian Art Pottery".

  • The business arrangement was short-lived, 1880–1882, and pieces produced for Hindley are considered to be some of the earliest examples of Salopian Art Pottery.

  • Two distinctive impressed SALOPIAN / HINDLEY marks are known (one oval, one straight); one piece is known with a Hindley paper label, and one piece is known with a hand-incised mark.

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