The Cyples Family
The Surviving Pots
When I set out to find examples of Cyples pottery, I assumed that it would be an almost impossible task. Imagine my delight when people who visited this site started sending in pictures of their treasured possessions, all claiming to be "Cyples Embosa Ware" from "Cyples Old Pottery 1793"
At first, we all naturally assumed this to mean that these pots were products of the Cyples family pottery.
However, all is not as it seems. Further investigations have shown that a company called J. T. Fell &co (who took over the Cyples factory) in fact produced the pots carrying this stamp. It appears that J. T. Fell &co manufactured these wares during the 1920's, basing their design on earlier pieces designed and manufactured by Cyples.
As of today, the pot on the right is the only known true example of "Cyples Egyptian Black" held by a private collector. Other examples can be found in the ceramic department of Hanley Museum, Stoke-on-Trent. There is another piece, that is still being investigated, that will appear here if it can be established that it is truly a Cyples pot.
The name of the Cyples Old Pottery has of course been carried on via the pots produced by J. T. Fell &co and it is only right that they should be included on this site.
What has amazed me the most is the fact that these pots have found their way around the world and here you will see examples from as far away as Uruguay, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
It is proving incredibly hard to track down surviving examples of the wares produced at the Cyples factory and even harder to find any information about them such as production dates etc.
If you are the proud owner of a piece of Cyples ware or can offer any information about these items, please do e-mail me, I would be delighted to hear from you.