The only primary source material I have had a chance to look at involves going through copies of the "Pottery Gazette" from prior to 1900-1960s at the Keele University library and going through the original pattern books at the Royal Worcester museum a few years ago. I am not surprised that a pottery would register its own designs for patterns and then use them on its own shapes -- especially the larger firms. I don't know how many employees James Edwards had but perhaps there were enough that he did not have to rely on outside designers and engravers. According to Jewitt's Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900, James Edwards was an entirely self-made man who began his career as a thrower at the Rogers firm in Dale Hall, Burslem. He became the manager at Phillips in Longport and at John Alcock's of Cobridge. Then he began business partnerships -- first with John Maddock and afterwards with his brother Thomas Edwards. In 1842, he purchased the manufactory of Rogers & Son and commenced entirely on his own account. It is Jewitt's opinion that, "To him (Edwards) the white granite ware which became so important a feature in the Pottery district mainly owes its excellence. In 1851, a medal, with an additional certificate of merit for beauty of form and excellence of goods exhibited, was awarded to Mr. Edwards."
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