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Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 / Anglo-American pottery; old English china with American views, a manual for collectors
(1899)

R. S. W.,   pp. [76]-79


Page [76]

R. S. W.
Perhaps the most artistic and the best drawn designs of
American subjects were produced by a manufacturer or firm,
designated on the ware by the letters R. S. W. and sometimes
R. S. & W. Several explanations of these initials have been
given by ceramic students. Some believe that they stood for
the firm of Ridgway, Son & Wear. but the most probable sup-
position is that they were the initials of Ralph Stevenson and
Williams, of Cobridge. A dark blue plate with medallion por-
traits of Washington and Lafayette has recently been dis-
covered which bears in full the firm name of R. Stevenson &
Williams. While this particular piece possesses a different
border from that which characterizes the series issued by R. S.
W., there are certain peculiarities in the engraved work which
seem to indicate a common or igm. We seem justified, there-
fore, in attributing to R. Stevenson & Williams the designs
which bear the mark R. S. W. These latter possess an artistic
border pattern of oak leaves and acorns, especially pleasing
because of its simplicity and truthfulness to nature.


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