Register of Ceramic Designs 1884-1900

In the 19th century, there were two important acts of parliament relating to the registration of the copyright in decorative designs. The first was Copyright of Designs Act 1842, which set up the Board of Trade Designs Office in London. The records generated by that office have been widely used, listed and quoted by ceramic historians, and their accessibility, at The National Archives (TNA), has been the subject of several articles in NCS Newsletters by David Beaton, see particularly Newsletters 97 and 170.

Since those articles, frustrated by the necessity of making frequent trips to Kew,  David Beaton devoted several months to study the registers. He collated all his findings into a database an he has generously shared it with us here.   

In David’s words, “It lists all ceramic registrations between 1884 and 1900 except tiles, tobacco pipes and industrial products providing the registration number, date of registration and the name and address of the party registering the design. Up to registered design 200049 (October 1892), there are also brief details of the purpose and content of each design. I hope that NCS members will find the exercise worthwhile”.


To  discover details of your registered number enter the it into the first box below.

Registered Ceramic Designs Search

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