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Last updated: 1st August 2011


c.2000 (?)–Active 2009

Bone china manufacturer at the Duchess China Works, Uttoxeter Rd, Longton. Duchess China Ltd is a subsidiary of Grimwades Ltd and is at least the third company to acquire and use the ‘Duchess’ name. The name was originally associated with A. T. Finney & Sons Ltd, the original manufacturers of Duchess China. John Tams Group plc were the owner of the Duchess China name from c.1989 following their purchase of the Finney business. Speculatively, the Duchess China brand name was acquired by its current owner Grimwades Ltd (who trade under the name ‘Royal Winton’) when Tams Group had financial problems in the late 1990s.

Duchess China Ltd produces fine bone china tableware, bone china hotelware and mugs. The Duchess China Ltd mark is the ‘Duchess’ name surmounted by a crown and the words ‘Established 1888’, the latter probably a reference to the formation of the Dresden Porcelain Co.

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