Constance Clark, later Connie Davies, worked as a gilder from 1945 until late 1957 when she left the factory to take care of a relative. When Constance started at Royal Crown Derby aged 14, Mrs Ellis was the forewomen of the department. She worked on the very ornate services produced for the middle eastern market and recalls signing her name in the Harold Taylor Robinson Birthday book in 1947.
Constance is here in the 1949 staff photograph. There is some debate regarding the venue, some of the opinion that this photo was taken at the Railway Institute.
A service plate in the "Edale" shape gilded by Constance with her identifying mark in derby red.
Constance demonstrates her gilding skills to visitors on a factory tour. Although unsure of the date she believes that this photo was taken in the mid 1950’s. Does anyone recognise the visitors? If so please get in touch via the contact page.