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Beechworth and Ovens Potteries

J. Plumridge of the Ballarat Pottery first attempted to established a branch at Beechworth in 1877, it is not known how successful this was though.
By 1883 the Beechworth Pottery Coy. was registered and was advertising for potters to manage the business. This business lasted until at least 1884.
It was reopened in 1886 by Hambleton, Lindop and Eastwood and was making jugs, jars, tea pots, plates, jardiniers and general tablewares. Their wares were sometimes stamped:

H.L. & E.

Patent application from 1890 for an "improved refrigerator principally applicable for cooling butter and milk", with images of the lid and base of this butter cooler as made by the Ovens Pottery.

In 1888 the ownership structure was again changed and became The Ovens Pottery Company Limited. It is likely this was the phase Joseph Rothery became a partner and was probably their head potter.
By 1889 Alfred Foster was the secretary, a position Rothery took over in 1890. Foster was most likely the companies solicitor or a silent partner, as he represented them in later liquidation proceedings.
During 1890 a number of patents for pottery wares were taken out, with the names Lindop, Eastwood and Rothery prominent in the applications.
The company was wound up in 1892 with an auction held to sell the assets and land. The assets were described as near new. The pottery made rockingham, majolica, stone and terracotta wares during its operation.

Rothery's Patent Water Filter.
Note: It consists of 4 seperate pieces

1. A porous base, probably terracotta and generically used for pot plant bases as well.

2. Water receiver with hole in base for a tap. This would have had to have been non porous

3. Porous, perforated carbon filter holder with a bung hole for changing the carbon.

4. A domed lid with holes filled with sponge for ventilation

All this points to a two toned filter, the porous pieces and lid being terracotta, whilst the receiver was most likely either rockingham or cane glazed.
Attributing unmarked pottery is an ongoing problem for collectors.
It can be rare to get an opportunity like that below where two similar items from similar time periods can be directly compared.

Left: Broken Fuschia pattern Teapot impressed/scratched JR to base. Found at Longwood during renovations amongst 1888-92 relics

Right: Broken Fuschia pattern teapot impressed with the classic number. 24 attributed to Bendigo Pottery . Found at Bendigo during renovations, amongst 1888-92 relics

The impressed JR to the base of the Longwood found item places it at both the right time frame and locality to be Beechworth. The same can be said for the Bendigo one. However it is the moulding of the fuschia leaves which are the tell tale signs of which pottery made the item.