Thursday, 4 August 2011

M is for Marston

To continue my alphabet of British Arts and Crafts metalware - M is for is for John Marston (b1836) of Wolverhampton who after completing his apprenticeship with Richard Perry established his own firm in Bilston  after purchasing Daniel Smith Lester's japanning business in 1859. Primarily manufacturers of domestic metal objects including; copper, brass and japanned items. Although now best remember for the manufacture of bicycles and motorcars under the name "Sunbeam"

They have also been associated with the designer Dr Christopher Dresser as they made a jug that is the same design as a pottery jug made by Watcombe Pottery with a Registered Design date of 1872. This attribution is the reason for Marston inclusion in my alphabet.


His mark is a simple stamped J.M

Internet references include;
http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/Museum/metalware/marston/marston01.htm
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