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Patterns

These pages are our attempt to categorize as many of the Carr patterns as possible, and it will be an ongoing project as time allows and more pieces emerge. Using the backstamps on patterns themselves, two catalogs and photos shared by the kindness of friends and online sellers, we've put together two sections of underglaze print patterns and one section of topmarked china featuring more than 200 customers.

When Carr began production in 1916, all the work was made on a white clay body. It was in the mid-Thirties that work began appearing with the Glo-Tan backstamp on Carr's own version of a rich beige clay. Carr's 1934 catalog contains no information on Glo-Tan, but we estimate it was introduced shortly thereafter, based on Glo-Tan patterns that were made for Continental Grill, which opened in 1936, Sunny Croft Country Club, which opened in 1934, and Tavern on the Green that also opened in 1934.

In addition, we have a section we call the Mattson Collection, which includes photographs taken by Bill Montgomery of Judy Reed’s collection of her father's designs from the time he worked for Carr China. Mattson was a gifted artist who worked at Carr between 1934 and 1937, and one of his sample designs is for a Club Cassano, shown on Glo-Tan, and this would further pinpoint the beginning of Glo-Tan to his tenure with Carr.

Our newest section on the site is the McCartney Collection, one that showcases part of the massive collection of Grafton citizens Fred and Opal McCartney.

In addition, there is a section that details the West Virginia State Museum Collection from the estate of Joy Bachman, wife of Carr China’s last president.

The Pattern Index is an easy way to find patterns by name or number, and it provides a quick alphabetical listing of topmarks.

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Curiosities is the home for pieces that don’t quite fit in other sections or that ask questions for which we currently have no answers.

Just added is a list of Distributors, for which we owe in large part to the tireless efforts of historian Larry Paul.

If you have any photos you’d like to share, I’d be very grateful if you’d let me know.  E-mail ed@carrchinacompany.com.


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