Dr John Wall, a physician and William Davis, an apothecary, developed a unique method for producing porcelain and in 1751, persuaded a group of 13 businessmen to invest in a new factory in Worcester, England, on the banks of the River Severn. By 1755, Worcester was making the best blue and white English porcelain wares ever created. Dr Wall secured the sum of £4500 (approx. $7331 in U.S. dollars) from the partners to establish the factory, known then as "The Worcester Tonquin Manufactory". The original partnership deeds are still housed in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain. The period from foundation to 1783, when it was acquired by Thomas Flight, is known as the First Period or the Dr Wall period.
I acquired this bowl some time ago but never really did the research until now. I just thought it was a beautiful old paste bowl.
Turns out, I have something really, really special.
This is Worcester soft paste porcelain, from the Dr Wall period, circa 1760. The pattern is called Cannonball.
The hallmark is a crescent shape.
Pays to do my research! This is a rare, exceptional piece and in incredible condition. Just listed on Etsy.