plate, armorial

manufacturer: John Ridgway & Co (English, estab. circa 1830, closed 1855)

circa 1840
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plate, armorial (from a pair) decorated with elaborate gilt maroon borders, the centre painted with the Westhead coat of arms, with the motto 'Ora et Labora'. The reverse marked John Ridgway & Co / presented to J.P. Westhead Esq.

J.P. Westhead (1807-1877) was a prominent businessman and Weslyian Methodist. He was Director of the London and North Western Railways, M.P for Knaresborough and later York. He was the son of Edward Westhead, who had married Ann Brown, heiress to Lea Castle. By 1862, the Ridgway factory was known as Brown-Westhead, Moore & co. Several unique presentation services were made for him as gifts, bearing his coat of arms or crest. He married Betsy Chappell in 1828. He later inherited Lea Castle from his father. The service was presented to Joshua on the 15th June 1847 at the Albion Hotel, Piccadilly Manchester. by the shareholders of the Manchester and Birmingham Railway Company in recognition of his work as Chairman, before it was absorbed into the London and North Western Railway.
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manufacturer: John Ridgway & Co (English, estab. circa 1830, closed 1855)
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Production date
circa 1840
Media description
porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration
30 x dia 260 mm
weight 600 gm
Measurement details
height: 30mm
diameter: 260mm
Credit line
purchased with funds provided by the Alwynne Jona OAM Porcelain Bequest, 2020
The John Scarce Porcelain Collection, Melbourne
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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