This is the starting page for information on Crown Ducal patterns in general. My research into the designs of Charlotte Rhead has
led me into discovering the other work of the company AG Richardson, particularly during the period that Charlotte was employed there.
My objective here is to document as many patterns as I can of Crown Ducal tableware and fancies. I will concentrate on those
designed in the 1930’s, but not exclusively, as there are many earlier pattern that are quite commonly found.
The main criterion for entry is that the design can be identified with a pattern number and they are not tube-lined. (Those are
recorded in the Charlotte Rhead pattern pages). Therefore do not be surprised that hundreds or thousands of patterns are missing this is probably because I have not yet seen an example or I cannot identify the
Also note that the designers for the vast majority are unknown so please do not make the assumption that because this is a
“Charlotte Rhead” site that all the these designs are attributed to her - they are not. There were at least eleven designers working with Charlotte at AG Richardson in the 1930’s and sadly their individual efforts
are not recorded as far as I know.
The patterns are organised into shape categories. So, if you using these pages to identify an item of tableware the first thing
to do is determine which shape design it is from the images on the various Tableware Shape Designs pages. Then click the pattern numbers in the table on that particular shape page to see what patterns designs have
There is very little logic as to how numbers were assigned. Sometimes the same pattern will have same number whatever the shape
its on. For others, the number will be different. If there are a series of prints or transfers with different designs they may all carry the same number, other times they each get their own number. So this may lead
to the same number appearing several times on the same page and on other shape design pages as well. It’s an organisational nightmare!