Tams Ware Pottery

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2015-06-26 10:51:14

Tams Ware Pottery was a trademark produced by the British ceramic manufacturer John Tams Ltd.

History & Description

The company’s history can be traced back to 1865 with the formation of Tams & Lowe, which had been run by John Tams and William Lowe. Following the partnership's split in 1875, John Tams founded his own company with his son, John Tams & Son Ltd. in 1875 and operated from the Crown Pottery factory in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The company changed its name to John Tams Ltd. in 1912

The company became Tams Group Ltd. in April 2000 but went into receivership and finally closed in 2006.

Guide for collectors

The market for Tams Ware pottery is predominantly British and Tams Ware items are often sold in national auction houses across the United Kingdom. In addition, Tams Ware pottery products are also sold on eBay.

Unlike other ceramic manufacturers that operated out of Stoke-on-Trent, such as Wedgewood and Royal Doulton, there is not a great demand for Tams Ware pottery and as a result they can purchased quite cheaply at auction.

Notable auction sales

On September 5th 2011 at Mark Mattox Real Estate & Auctioneer in Carlisle, Kentucky, a Tams Ware Dancing Nymphs wash bowl and pitcher realised a price of $200.

On December 20th 2011 at Curr & Dewar Auctioneers in Dundee, Scotland, a pair of Tams Ware decorated fruit vases, circa 1920s, realised a price of £32.

On March 26th 2008 at Potteries Specialist Auctions in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, a Tams Ware Art Deco teapot of an old lady realised a price of £30.

On September 6th 2011 at John Taylors in Louth, Lincolnshire, a Tams Ware blue and white planter, cauldron and chamber pot realised a price of £28.

On March 19th 2012, a Tams Ware Art Deco 9” plate, circa 1930s, was sold on eBay for £25.

On April 2nd 2012, a Tams Ware willow covered butter dish was sold on eBay for £13.39.

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