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Ridgway Potteries homemaker

Click here for a print of the pattern. This pattern was designed by Enid Seeney in 1956-57. It was mass produced for sale through Woolworth in the UK, and had a long production run. It depicts a Robin Day armchair (1952), a Sigvard Bernadotte sofa, and a sideboard resembling one by Bernard Russell. Like Zambesi by Midwinter, it is common yet collectible, and therefore fetches good prices. The better display pieces, such as the coffee pot, may fetch particularly high prices. Yellow hollow-ware and coloured designs are occasionally seen. Ridgway also produced a barbecue range (below), with coloured or monochrome motifs, including skewered meats and mushrooms. These ranges are similar to Fiesta by Barker Brothers. Homemaker is now appearing in modern reproduction formats such as plastic light switch surrounds and trays. So don't be deceived.

Spelling note: Homemaker is a single word, and Ridgway does not have an 'e' or an 's' in it.

 

cup and saucer
Dated on the backstamp 1964. Click here for larger detail of the pattern. Value: £5-15

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serving platter
Mint condition except some knife marks and slight bleeding of transfer on right third of plate. Green number 17 on back. Value: £35

ZIMCO homemaker tray
Marked on the frame: ZIMCO Made in England Patent No. 733633. Also with ZIMCO mark under the handles (see photo, bottom left). Not by Ridgway, but clearly a contemporary "go-with", made in the fifties or early sixties. It is possible that ZIMCO was J. Zimmerman and Co., Ltd., of Birminghm, listed as makers of trays in the Pottery Gazette (1963). With white plastic handles and ball feet, and a chromed frame. The pattern is printed on paper or card inserted under a protective glass plate inset into the frame. Traces of rust on the edges of the chrome underneath, some slight discoloration to the paper. Underneath, the piece is lined with cheap board. Altogether a farily cheaply made piece - ideal for the mass market homemaker range being sold by Woolworth. Click here for enlarged view of the pattern. It is unusual to find the homemaker pattern on a flat print like this. Value: £20-30

 

Barbecue (designed by Margaret Simpson, late 1950s)

A colourful pattern of foods ready to be placed on the grill. Less common than homemaker. Made primarily for the Australian market, according to page 52 of Simon Moss's 1997 book "Homemaker... A 1950s Design Classic". Published by Cameron & Hollis ISBN0-906506-08-5.

 

Dinner plate
Undamaged, but with a few knife marks. Value: £10-15

Side plate
Mint condition. Value: £5-10

 

Parisienne

This has an identical backstamp to Homemaker by Ridway, and like the Homemaker stamp, it does not indicate the maker's name.

 


Resembling the poodles pattern of Alfred Meakin. Set of 5 dinner plates, c. mid 1950s. The backstamp reads "Parisienne, Made in England, These colours are permanent underglaze and detergent proof". Quite common, and popular with collectors. Mint except for minor knife marks, and a two plates have a chip. Value: £10-15 (set in this condition)