A Celebration of Royal Crown Derby®  1927-1961


No Paperweights or Thimbles appear on this site

No Registration Required

No Fees

No Adverts

Nothing on this Site is for Sale

The aims of this site are as follows:-

1) To showcase relevant Royal Crown Derby® collections of the relevant period and thereby provide a useful reference for Collectors.  

2) To build upon the resource by including images from other collections (with appropriate acknowledgements given).

3) To celebrate the skill and artistry of the workforce.

4) To promote interest, debate and further research into the factory's production and activities during the period.


I am indebted to the Royal Crown Derby® Museum Trustees for providing access to the museum and museum archive, especially to the pattern books for the period.

I am very grateful to Mrs Sue Eedle MA (Cantab) for interpreting the Arabic writing in the Overseas Commissions section.

Miss H Goodsell MA has kindly undertaken extensive research on the Derby Evening Telegraph Archive 1950-62.

The Derby Telegraph has very kindly allowed me to include photographs taken by the paper's photographers.

I would also like to thank UK auction houses for their patience in providing factory mark images etc. especially the Directors and Staff of BAMFORDS and HANSONS Auctioneers, without whose support it would not have been possible to form the collection.

A special thanks to the Internet Sellers based worldwide who made it all possible.

External Links:

This web site includes links to other websites whose cookie settings are beyond our control and are not covered by our terms of use. If you visit these sites they may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy.

Rcdcollections does not endorse or sponsor or otherwise approve of any information or images or further links to other sites that appear in those websites.

Incoming Links:

You are welcome to link to this website from any personal websites, blogs or channels which are run for your own use and not for profit.

However, we require written permission before links can be published on any corporate, commercial or professional websites.


This website including all images and other contents are the copyright of rcdcollections (or the auction house where this is stated). The patterns are owned by Royal Crown Derby®.  Images and other material from this web site may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as schools, colleges and universities). This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context or altered format such as stretched, compressed, coloured or altered in any way so as to distort its original format.

Where any of the items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

Commercial users identifying an image that they wish to reproduce on a commercial basis should get in touch via the contact page.


 Derby (Evening) Telegraph - Articles 1927-1962

Pottery Gazette and Glass Trades Review - Various articles 1938-1957

GB Patent – GB325842 325,842 Robinson H T Nov 30 1928 – Improvements in setters employed for firing china.

 The Story of Derby China – undated pamphlet

 The Story of Derby China – Brown Cover – 1929

 United States Patent Office – Covered Dish or Similar Article – HTR July 16th 1929

 United States Patent Office – Plate or similar article – HTR Oct 22nd 1929

 The Peak District - R Murray Gilchrist & Ernest Haslehust

 Windsor Castle – Edward Thomas & Ernest Haslehust

 James Allcock Robinson’s Will 10th Jan 1931

 Harold Taylor Robinson presenting group of Mayors with a Cauldon China Service plate – Kings Hall Stoke 1931 – http://www.thepotteries.org/photo_wk/161.htm

 King St Brochure C 1934-5

 Thomas Goode Brochure and Price List – C1950 – includes shapes outlines – Patterns 2451, Ashby, Medway, Chatsworth & Asian Rose Illustrated

 Crown Derby Porcelain - Brayshaw Gilhespy – 1951 – Copy presented to W W Randle Esq by “Mr Robinson” chairman of Directors

 New Price Scales – December 1952 Includes story of crown derby leaflet. Gives price differential for UK and Canadian Markets

 British Potters and Pottery Today

 United States Patent 2642644 Pottery Casting Machine – Philip Ivor Robinson

 Impressions of a visit to the world famous factory of Royal Crown Derby – (Staff Reporter of the Pottery Gazette) 1954

 Colour Advert from House & Garden Magazine – May 1954 Posie and Asian Rose illustrated

 RCD Pattern Book – from the Godden Collection with insert containing outline sketches of shapes.(Dated May 1955) 

Price list of unboxed fancies – May 1955 – Orange Folder

Order for a banquet service for 24 persons - 27th January 1958

Factory Price List for items in illustrated catalogue – Jan 1959

 1959 American Catalogue and Price List

 Modern Porcelain – Alberta C Trimble – 1962 ( pages 82-91)

 Royal Crown Derby China F Brayshaw Gilhespy & Dorothy Budd 1964

 RCD Figurines Catalogue – loose pages – C1964

 Derby China – County Borough of Derby Museum & Art Gallery - 1969

 Royal Crown Derby John Twitchett & Betty Bailey 1976

 Thomas Goode of London – Philip M Rayner – 1977

 1978 RCD Brochures, Tableware and Gift ware

 Crested China – Sandy Andrews – 1980

 1980 RCD Tableware Brochure

 1986 RCD Brochure

 Royal Crown Derby John Twitchett & Betty Bailey 1988 (Revised edition)

Ten Plain Years: The British Pottery Industry 1942-1952 Kathy Niblett Journal of the Northern Ceramic Society Volume 12 1995

 RCD Imari Wares – Ian Cox 1998

 Goss & Crested China – Lynda Pine (Millers Guide 2001)

 Royal Crown Derby – Margaret Sargeant - 2000

 Jenny Hill – British Empire Exhibition 1924-25 Commemorative Ceramics – Exhibition Study Group 2002

 A pocket Guide to Carlton Ware – Dr Czes & Yvonne Kosniowski – 2005

 Goss & Souvenir Heraldic China – Lynda Pine – 2005

 Gold in my veins – Betty Wherry 2008

 Derby International Porcelain Society Journal 6 2009“Cracking the Code” Ian C Harding

 Mike Perry – Harold Taylor Robinson Potteries Entrepreneur, Part 1 Rise, Part 2 Fall & Rebirth

 Mike Perry 2010 – Cauldon Potteries Ltd