DUPRS_0003 Floral Maddock Plate

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DUPRS_0003 Floral Maddock Plate


Fragments of dishware by John Maddock & Sons England


Fragments of white porcelain dishware. The fragments seem to be from different forms but all bear remnants of the same rose and green ivy leaf pattern. None of the fragments recovered fit together so they appear to represent individual forms and objects which may have been part of a set. The fragments varied in size from 7 ½ inches long by 11inches wide, 3 inches long by 3 inches wide; 2 ½ inches long by 2 ½ inches wide; 1 ½ inches long by 1 inch wide. A maker’s mark was visible on the exterior base of some of the fragments and bore an image of a lion in green lettering along with the words "vitrified" and John Maddock & Sons England all in green.


John Maddock & Sons England


Selective Surface collection, east Stanley Park, Historic Chatham Township (modern Summit, New Jersey)


Drew University, Department of Anthropology, Drew University Passaic River Survey


Late 19th century to early 20th century for manufacture dates. But use date could have extended later. The fragments from the site include examples of the different versions of the maker’s mark which changed slightly over time from the late 1800s to early 1900s.


Amy Zavecz


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Makers marks for John Maddock and Sons were located through online sources. It is difficult to determine the manufacture date of these fragments since an exact match for the seal was not shown in the online figures showing the changes over time in the style of the mark. The one most similar had "Ltd" on it which would date to 1896.

The company John Maddock and Sons was started in Burslem, England by John Maddock. The fragments found at the Stanley Park site include those from a large platter. Although there was a John Maddock factory in Trenton, NJ in 1894, the platter was made in England as is evident from the maker’s mark without an “s” after Maddock - the American version had “Maddocks” instead of “Maddock.”

The china type seemed most popular in the 1800s and was made in England. It was very popular in America and was reasonably priced. This company is still in operation today.

The analysis of ceramic from the archaeological record can reveal much about the socioeconomic status and consumption practices of the people who used and discarded them. The presence of fine ceramics, like porcelain, is one indication that people were potentially demonstrating household status.




John Maddock & Sons England , “DUPRS_0003 Floral Maddock Plate,” Drew University Library Special Collections, accessed December 1, 2023, http://omeka.drew.edu/items/show/658.