Stratford Stage Brown Pattern, J. & G. Meakin, Vintage Ironstone Coffee Pot
J. & G. Meakin was an English pottery founded in 1851 and based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. This white ironstone coffee pot was produced under their Royal Staffordshire line. The pattern, Stratford Stage, was introduced in 1968 and features a drawing in dark brown of the clock tower in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, with a horse-drawn stagecoach passing by it. While the decoration on this ironstone is classified as "transferware," it was really created by the lithographic technique which Meakin began using in the 1920's.
This coffee pot has a domed, patterned lid, a scalloped upper rim and bell bottom shape. It's in pristine condition, having only tiny nicks and abrasions on the foot rim from shelf storage. It's stamped in black on the bottom "Royal Staffordshire Stratford Stage Ironstone by J & G Meakin England." This mark is an earlier one--before they added "Dishwasher Safe"--probably from the 1970's. Its height is 11 inches with the lid on and about 9 inches without it. From the tip of the spout across to the far edge of the arched and squared off handle is about 9 inches also. The lightly scalloped base is 4 inches in diameter and the pot easily holds 5 cups. Pot and lid together weigh almost 2 1/4 pounds. It's immaculate and ready to serve you gracefully.
Whether you favor brown transferware,ironstone china, or just need a beautiful, large coffee service pot, this is a wonderful find.
Note: This coffee pot is also available on Replacements.com for $278.95: