For the T.G. Green Cornishware Collector
Frequently Asked Questions
Whats the best reference book ?
The main reference book on Cornish Ware and other T G Green pottery was written by Paul Atterbury of BBC's Antiques Roadshow fame (revised in 2001) normal UK RRP is c. £18.00 - ISBN 0 903685 83 3. It is a little out of date now obviously, especially on known jar names, but still a great source of info and a great read with some super photos of collections on old pine kitchen dressers etc.
There is an abridged version of the above published by Mason Cash and Co in 2002 after acquiring the TG Green business. It focuses purely on Cornish Ware and the then newly launched Cornish Blue range. It does contain a lot of the info specifically on Cornish Ware that you can find in the other book above. This is no longer in print.
Where can i buy older Cornish Ware?
You are already at the right place! Click here to view our catalog of vintage T.G. Green Cornishware and related ranges.
Where can i buy new Cornish Ware?
Cornishware is still being made but unfortunately not in in Church Gresley, Derbyshire since Summer 2007 when the factory finally closed. From 2009 it has been produced in China and freighted to the UK. Visit the TG Green website for the current range and stockist information.
How can i find out how old my Cornish Ware is?
See our backstamps page for information - if you have a specific query do feel free do drop us an e-mail and we will do our best to provide some insight!
Is my Cornish Ware genuine?
Again check the backstamps page and also the dating page. If you still have doubts then do feel free to drop us a line with description and a digital photo if possible and we will do our best to assist. Unfortunately there are some fake items around out there...be especially wary of ‘Homepride’ and similar branded pieces for example.
How much is my Cornish Ware worth?
This depends enormously on a variety of factors. The major ones are condition (does it have any damage or crazing to the glaze) for definitions of damage etc, Backstamp, Shape and of course if it has a name how rare that name is. For further information and help with terminology see our Glossary & Valuation page.
Why are some names worth so much more than others?
Names mean everything in Cornish Ware when it comes to the value of a specific jar or butter dish etc. Although Cornish Ware has always been produced with specific functional names in the 1930’s you used to be able to request a name for your jar for a specific household purpose, so there are a large variety of names, some only existing as one-off's. Also some products that were contained in jars were by their nature very expensive, so jars bearing those names are naturally scarcer to find as less of them were commissioned.
It is mainly historical commonsense:
Common names: Most of the basic solid ingredients used to make a cake, make a simple meal or make a hot drink (e.g. flour, tea, coffee, sugar, rice, sultanas, currants, raisins)
Rarer names: Mainly expensive/exotic spices and herbs (e.g. Mace, Allspice, Apricots, Angelica)
Very rare names: The rarest names are generally those not usually found in the kitchen or specific variations of items used in the kitchen that were not produced in bulk. Examples include ‘Bath Salts, Sand (only 2 known examples), Table Salt, S.R. Flour’ etc. Prices vary according to desirability and uniqueness and have been known to reach 4 figure GBP sums!
I need a lid for my storage jar. Where do i get one?
Please bear in mind that jars were mainly hand thrown on a potters wheel any vary enormously in size. So do not expect an average jar lid bought anywhere to automatically fit your jar unless you have very accurate measurements of both the overall diameter of the flat area of the inside of your jars neck and the diameter of the ‘hole’ which will correspond with the underside ridge diameter of a lid. If we dont have any you can always try ebay.
How should i clean a "dirty" piece of Cornish Ware?
Assuming that you are not trying to get rid of any staining that has happened under the glaze then this is quite simple - some warm soapy water and a soft cloth will suffice. Dont use a sponge/scourer - its very easy to scratch the glaze accidentally - and try not to get the object too wet. To remove light staining we recommend using an oxygen based cleaning product, this should not cause any damage to the ceramic.
If you have a badly stained piece which has glaze crazing there is not much you can do about it!