James Hadley and Royal Worcester Figures

By mwilcox


The Worcester factory always prided itself on its quality Porcelain. It received a Royal warrant in 1789, and is still currently by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. At its height, the firm employed nearly 1,000 people, but after its merger with Spode, and heavy competition from overseas, the production was gradually switched to factories in Stoke and abroad. 100 staff were made redundant in 2003 and another 100 went in 2005. 15 porcelain painters left the Severn Street factory on Friday 29 September 2006, together with 100 other workers . The very few employees who remain with Royal Worcester will be retrained so the company can focus on the production of ornamental, gift ware and prestige ranges.

Based on the images, this is a large model ( 20 ") of a Turkish Water Carrier by James Hadley. Hadley was the chief modeller at Royal Worcester from 1870-75, opening his own business in 1875 and selling most of his output to Royal Worcerster until about 1895. The marking on this one indicates a date Circa 1892. Even though Royal Worcester produced and sold very high quality porcelain, values for it have fallen on hard times in recent years. In the current market this figure has a replacement value the $1000.00- $1500.00 range.