Arthur Wood is a vintage pottery brand which was producing funky wares in the 1960s and 70s. As such it is a popular maker with vintage collectors. The company produced tablewares, vases and money boxes as well as many quirky ornamental wares. As early as the 1920s Arthur Wood was in production at the Bradwell Works at Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. When his son Gerald joined the company in 1928 it became known as Arthur Wood & Son (Longport) Ltd.

Arthur Wood & Son bought out many pottery companies in the 1930s and 40s, so that by 1955 the group as a whole owned Price Bros, Kensington Pottery and Davenport Pottery.  

The pieces that yay retro! customers would be most interested in date from the 1950s, 60s and 70s and include items such as the lovely large window vase below. Made to literally sit in a window this is long and narrow and designed to fit a flower arrangement. We love the funky designs on this, which go well with the companies modern designs on their tall pointy lidded storage jars as seen on the right.



Arthur Wood Sunflower plates are always sought after, as their big bold flowers are bright and cheery. Amazing designs such as this just do not date! By contrast the blue tablewares below by Arthur Wood have a definite 1970s look to them. It's not often you find these blue pots, they appear to have been made to compete with similar ranges brought out by Hornsea.  The cheese dish has the look of TG Green.


 
Carlton Ware was bought by Arthur Wood in 1967 when it went into liquidation. This is perhaps why the Carltonware and Arthur Wood money boxes of the period have such a similar feeling to them. [CarltonWare was sold on in 1987]

Arthur Wood Money Box Collecting

The Arthur Wood piggy banks came in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Some have sticky out ears, others have painted ears and long pointy noses. All are hand painted in different colours and patterns, making them very interesting to collect.  



The Arthur Wood cat money boxes again are all unique. Some have tails and others a Manx cats. these appear to compete with the Baldelli cats from Italy and many collectors like to have both side by side.



A range of Arthur Wood Dog money boxes were also created which are super cute and now highly sought after!



With their snub noses and discreet money slots on the top, they are perfect as ornaments around your home.



Other animal shape money boxes were created by Arthur Wood, including a Kangaroo. Money is popped into her pouch and again she is individually hand decorated and looks amazing as an ornament.



Here we have a psychedelic elephant money box, perfect for sitting amongst your other elephant ornaments or given as a gift to remember an important anniversary!

 

The potters were given heaps of creative space with these, even Squirrel money boxes were produced.  Shapes like these are much rarer than the piggy banks, making Arthur Wood money box collecting a really nice hobby.



This delightful ladies head which brings to mind Aunt Sally from the TV programme Worzel Gummidge is also a money box. There are several modern day companies making items such as these after being inspired by vintage brands such as Arthur Wood.



In the 1960/70s Arthur Wood also created wall hanging pottery wares.  Here we have a rarely found flower shape.




The birds above were designed to hold scissors in their tails and a ball of string in their tummies. The string was then pulled through their mouths as the bird hung on the wall. Nowadays, I am sure most people simply display these Scandi styled birds as wall art.

A range of Scandinavian styled bird dishes were also produced and again were individually painted. These can hold about 4 or 5 eggs to give you an idea of their size.   



 In 2003 Arthur Wood Group PLC sadly went into administration, the branding was purchased by Rayware Ltd. 

Information on this page will be updated as and when we learn more, and is based upon our current knowledge.

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