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“Queensware” in Kansas

Posted in Old Words  by Steven on October 5th, 2014

Working through some archives this week, I came across a letter to a doctor in Fort Scott, KS from a captain in his old Civil War regiment, asking whether he thought a “queensware shop” would do well there.

Wondering if I were reading the word correctly, I consulted Google and found that queensware is a name for “a type of light white earthenware with a brilliant glaze developed from creamware by Josiah Wedgwood and named in honour of his patroness, Queen Charlotte.” Charlotte was the wife of King George III of Great Britain. The Wedgwood Museum website gives more detail:

Wedgwood’s innovatory cream coloured earthenware was called Queen’s Ware after the successful completion of his first commission for Queen Charlotte secured in the summer of 1765. With the delivery of ‘A complete sett of tea things’ which included a dozen cups for coffee, six fruit baskets and stands, six melon preserve pots and six hand candlesticks, Josiah was permitted to title his cream coloured earthenware ‘Queen’s Ware’. No evidence has been discovered to determine exactly when the service was delivered to London but it was evidently sometime before the 9 June 1766, when a notice in Aris Birmingham Gazette, (a pre-eminent Midlands newspaper) announced: “Mr Josiah Wedgwood, of Burslem, has had the honour of being appointed Potter to Her Majesty.”

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