Maddox Furniture

 



 


 
W
e have heard from several people who have found antique furniture made by a Maddox Reproductions.  Here's what we have and here are a few photos found on eBay for one particular piece which was for sale. 

Pat Koger  (palogc@aol.com) says the pictured piece is similar to one she owns.  She has been told the Madox furniture maker worked in Jamestown NY.  She reports she found 2 tables for sale on an antique page.  They were manufactured by Maddox in Arstown,NY.- Co. in business 1865-1900.

Sharon Harper (Sharonh@jps.net)  wrote: 
I have a piece of furniture which my father purchased at a garage sale about 25-30 years ago.   It is a Tambour Desk, (mahogany).  It has a small brass plate on thea back which identifies the furniture maker.  The plate is about 1 1/2"long and 1"wide at the longest & widest spots respectively. There is the shape of an ox topping the crest shaped plate with the word:  Maddox Colonial Reproductions,  Jamestown N.Y.

  There is also a paper on the back which has the ID # of the piece,  which bears the same crest-shaped logo on the left side, but in that is worded: "Mad-ox"  tm   (the trade mark).  She hopes to place a date on the piece she has which is not pictured here.
 

English Maddock China

Here are pictures (views of front and back) of an antique Maddock china cup and saucer, made in England.  One of my cousins found them at an antique shop in Florida.  She gave it to me.  She also bought, not a complete set, of Maddock china but a different pattern. 
       Dorothy Maddox Bishop

Webmaster's note:  An EMAIL on Maddock Pottery, Staffordshire from Isabelle Maddock:

My sources: "Official Guide to American Pottery & Porcelain," by Dorothy Robinson; "Dictionary of World Pottery & Porcelain," by Louise Bager, and "National Cyclopaedia of American Biography," Vol. iv, pg. 417 (pub. 1891 1902)

John Maddock, English potter.  Operated Newcastle Street Pottery at Burslem in the Staffordshire district in England in 1842-1855, producing earthenware, ironstone, etc.  Formerly Maddock & Seddon, 1839-1842, it subsequently became John Maddock & Sons,Ltd. in 1855 to present.  They also opened Dale Hall Pottery at Burslem in 1855.  The name Maddock or John Maddock & Sons occurs in printed marks of various designs.  "Ltd." added to marks after 1896. [Dict. of World Pottery] 

John Maddock was in partnership with James Edwards for a few years prior to 1839 when Edwards left to start his own pottery.  Firm then became Maddock Seddon.  It was so listed until 1842.  Seddon left the firm and Maddock carried on alone until 1855 when he took his son into partnership as John Maddock & Son.  John Maddock took out a patent in 1846 for improvements in kilns and oven designs. 

John Maddock had 4 sons & he was the son of Thomas Maddock. Thomas Maddock was born April 1, 1818 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, the birthplace of Josiah Wedgewood.  His paternal grandfather was cabinet-maker from the city of Chester. His father, also named Thomas, a "journeyman decorator" of pottery, spent his active business life at the Staffordshire potteries, and died there in 1836, at the age of 51 years.  The son, Thomas, learned the art of decorating pottery, and came to N.Y. May 15, 1847.  He formed a partnership with William Leigh and opened a decorating studio in NYC.  They were the first American china decorating shop, and in 1853 decorated a dinner service for use in the White House (Pierce was president). 

During the Civil War Thomas Maddock joined the 13th regiment, national guard of New York.  In 1872 he went into business at Trenton, N.J. with the firm of Millington & Astbury.  In 1878, he became sole owner of the business, which proved highly successful.  Besides this venture, he carried on a farm upon which he resided.  His first wife, Honora Bossons, whom he married in 1844, died in 1850.  A year later he married Isabella S. Middleton.  He had six children, four of whom were associated with their father in business.(Nat'l Cycl. of Bio.)

It is not really clear to me if John Maddock of Burslem and Thomas (the son of Thomas) of Burslem are brothers (both sons of a Thomas).  It seems as if they might be--and perhaps Thomas the son left England and started his own company in NY & NJ (?).  I took these notes years ago before I really got interested in genealogy and never expected to use them for anything, so I'm not sure which source to quote for some of the info.  Sorry!

                 Hope some of this proves interesting.
                    Regards, *Isabelle Maddock*
 

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