When Thomas Minton founded his company in 1793 they started by producing earthenware. They gained a following for their blue transfer prints. Soon after, in 1798 they started the production of bone china, a process developed by one of their competitors, Coalport.
In the 19th century and first half of the 20th century Minton earned an enviable reputation for it production of housewares (wall tiles, basins, etc.), statuary, giftware and dinnerware. However, in the post-war years, the company increasingly focused on fine bone china dinnerware to deal with the economic challenges of rising labour costs and diminishing sales. Through this transition they maintained their reputation for fine design and excellent craftsmanship.
However, their efforts were not enough to protect them from the harsh financial realities affecting all the Potteries. Minton eventually merged with Royal Doulton in 1968. The new owners maintained the plants open for a few more decades but they demolished the main Minton plant in the 1990s and the second one in 2002.
Minton has maintained its reputation for having produced fine crafted elegant china. Their bone china dinnerware continues to grace dining tables in homes around the world.
Many of these patterns have both a number and name, something quite typical with Minton china dinnerware patterns.
Please click on a pattern tab below to find your pattern page. There we:
describe the pattern
list the items available, and
usually include information about the condition of the items.
We will strive to provide whatever other information you need if you contact us with your questions.
The Minton patterns are listed alphabetically under the appropriate groupings.