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Thanks to its reserves of clay, lead, salt and coal, Staffordshire, England, has been a center for ceramics since the early 17th century. The county was home at one time to hundreds of pottery workshops and as many as 4,000 bottle-shaped kilns that operated year-round. The term “Staffordshire Potteries” refers to the industrial area of Stoke-on-Trent — comprising the towns Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall — where most of the production was concentrated.

In 1720, potter John Astbury discovered that he could make what would later be called creamware by adding ground flint powder to the local red clay. Because resources were so plentiful in Staffordshire, local potters could afford to experiment, working to refine their techniques and designs. One such innovator was Thomas Whieldon, an important 18th-century potter known today for his tortoiseshell ware, whose brilliant glazed surface of caramel, yellow and green hues was made with copper and manganese compounds. Whieldon operated the Fenton Low workshop, making coffee- and teapots, dinner services and even ornamental knife hafts. He was an influential figure: Josiah Spode apprenticed at the workshop, and Josiah Wedgwood partnered with Whieldon for five years before establishing his eponymous firm in 1759.

Wedgwood is perhaps the best known of the Staffordshire potters. The firm produced a line of light-colored earthenware for Queen Charlotte, who liked it so much that she granted permission to market it under the moniker Queen’s Ware, which despite the name, was designed for everyday use. In the same regal vein, in 1773, Wedgwood created the 954-piece Frog service for Catherine the Great, of Russia. The company is also known for its black stoneware, Black Basalt, which imitates the color and shapes of Etruscan vases; Jasperware, with its classical reliefs applied on the unglazed body; and pearlware.

By the end of the 18th century, Staffordshire was the primary producer of ceramics for the American colonies, even creating patriotic wares celebrating independence for this market. The imagery on Staffordshire ceramics became more standardized the mid-18th century with the advent of transferware, in which a design etched on a copper plate is printed on tissue paper, which is then used to transfer the wet ink onto the ceramic surface. This technique enabled artisans to decorate their wares with complex scenes that wrapped around an object’s surface and make several copies of popular patterns.

The Staffordshire potters also produced decorative figurines, such as this charming pair of cows dating from the 19th century. Particularly popular in Great Britain were pieces with hunting imagery, such as this George IV porcelain stirrup cup in the shape of a fox head wearing a gilt collar inscribed with the word “Tallyho.” Among the many whimsical vessels produced is this mid-19th-century frog mug. The exterior is painted with a charming scene of people picking fruit on one side and ladies on a garden swing on the other side, while inside a molded frog’s head at the bottom of the mug makes a gurgling sound when the the beverage has been almost completely consumed.

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Thomas Wolfe Factory Z Coffee Can, Bat Printed Monochrome Fruits, ca 1810
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a very charming orphaned coffee can made by Thomas Wolfe at Factory Z in about 1810, which was the Regency era. This coffee can would have belonged to a "true trio" consistin...
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1810s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Staffordshire Pugs, Late 19th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a wonderful pair of late 19th century Staffordshire pugs. The guys show a lot of character and attitude.
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Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pink Lusterware Cow Creamer, English, circa 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in Essex, MA
A fine quality Staffordshire pottery pink lustreware cow creamer and cover, modeled as an animated cow, standing with alert, happy expression standing on a green grassy base, English...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Pearlware 'John Wesley' Bust
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery pearlware bust with a religious theme which features John Wesley, resting on a plinth base. Decorated 'in the round', decoration to front and reverse. Open bott...
Category

1820s English Folk Art Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Three-Piece English Porcelain Assembled Garniture, Staffordshire, circa 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in New York, NY
Three-piece English porcelain assembled garniture, Staffordshire, circa 1820
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1820s English Antique Staffordshire

Staffordshire Pottery 'John Wesley' Bust
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery porcellaneous bust with a religious theme which features John Wesley, resting on a marbleized base. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse. ...
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1840s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Creamware Coffee Cup, Gilt Zigzag Pattern, ca 1815
By Coalport Porcelain, Staffordshire, Thomas Rose
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful coffeecup and saucer made by an unknown Staffordshire maker in about 1815. It is possible that they were made by Anstice, Horton & Rose (early Coalport) but as th...
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1810s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Creamware

Staffordshire Pearlware Greyhound Box and Cover
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery Pearlware box and cover which features a recumbent greyhound and a bird to the cover. Pictorial scenes in relief to the sides of the box. The whole, stood on a ...
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Early 1800s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

4 English Porcelain Liquor Bottle Decanter Label Tags Brandy Vodka Vino Limoges
By Staffordshire
Located in Dayton, OH
Set of four porcelain bone china decanter hanging labels for Brandy (Staffordshire England porcelain), Vodka, Vino (wine) and Gin.   
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Mid-20th Century Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Podmore Walker Staffordshire Minerva Mythology Sepia Brown Transferware Platter
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stoneware sepia brown transfer printed platter, “Minerva” made by Podmore Walker & Co., Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, circa 1834-1859. In Mythology, Minerva was the Roman go...
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Mid-19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

19th Century English Sepia Transferware Chinoiserie Pagodas Shallow Oval Bowl
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Staffordshire pottery region of England, a sepia tone transfer printed shallow bowl or deep platter, maker unknown, circa mid 19th century. A central Chinoiserie inspired...
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Mid-19th Century English Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

English Pearlware Plate, Blue & White Transfer Dragons, Snakes, Regency ca 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is an exceptionally beautiful blue and white pearlware plate made in Staffordshire in about 1820. The plate has intriguing images of transfer printed dragons and snakes. Bl...
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1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

Rare 18th Century English Staffordshire Hand Painted Toby Jug, Unmarked
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare 18th century English Staffordshire hand painted toby jug, unmarked.
Category

18th Century Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Staffordshire Flatback Pottery Scottish Hunter Figure on Horseback
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A good decorative Victorian Staffordshire flatback pottery figure of a Scottish hunter on horseback dating from around 1850. The figure stands on an oval shaped base and portrays the...
Category

19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire English Pottery Gamekeeper and Dalmatian Dog Spill Vase
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A scarce antique Staffordshire flatback pottery spill vase depicting a gamekeeper and his dalmatian dog and dates from around 1870. The game keeper is dressed in knee length trousers...
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1870s English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Figures of Dalmatians
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of 19th century Staffordshire figures of dalmatians, Each one in standing pose on grassy plinth with curled tails. Finely painted, rare form.  
Category

Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Early 19th Century English Staffordshire Minton "Crazy Cow" Porcelain Punch Bowl
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 19th century circa 1815-1820 English Staffordshire Minton "Crazy Cow" porcelain punch bowl. Marked with Pattern # 106.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Fine and Rare Pair of Large Staffordshire Spaniels, c. 1840
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
An exceptionally fine, and large pair of Staffordshire pottery Spaniels, c.1840. Both seated dogs, with separate front legs, and broad backsides. Finely moulded hair, and painted wit...
Category

1840s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Pearlware Bocage Pack of Red Spaniel Puppies/ Sheep
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Staffordshire Pearlware bocage pack of red spaniel puppies or sheep- A rare whimsical grouping of three seated red and white animals under a tree on an oval naturalistic base.      
Category

19th Century English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

English Pearlware Recumbent Ram, c. 1830
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
A large English pottery pearlware ram, c. 1830. The recumbent ram, sponged with puce glazed spots, black horns, snout and eyes, upon an oval mound base, sponged in green. All under a...
Category

1830s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Pair Tall Staffordshire Pottery Greyhounds, c. 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Pair of large Staffordshire pottery Greyhounds, c. 1860. The tall, elegant hounds seated, having separate front legs, with hares to their sides. Set upon oval mound bases, with singl...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Antique 89-Piece Staffordshire Black & White Transferware China Service
By Staffordshire
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique 89-Piece Staffordshire black & white transferware China service was crafted by the storied porcelain maker from England in the Jenny Lind pattern which made its first appeara...
Category

Early 20th Century English Romantic Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Scottish Highlander Hunters
By Staffordshire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Handsome pair of 19th century equestrian Staffordshire porcelain Scottish Highlander hunters on horseback. Each bearded gentleman is depicted seated on his horse and one with a succe...
Category

19th Century English Edwardian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Small Staffordshire Semi China Platter, Blue and White English Scenery, ca 1840
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a small charming semi china serving platter made by an unknown Staffordshire factory probably around 1840. It has a blue on white transfer print of a lake scene, and on the u...
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1840s English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Carved Oak S-Roll Top Desk by EH Staffordshire, c1900
By Staffordshire
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique desk by E.H. Staffordshire Bros. offers oak paneled construction with s-roll top opening to desk and storage surmounting frieze drawer and flanking drawer towers with carv...
Category

Early 20th Century American Staffordshire

Materials

Metal

Staffordshire Pottery Stirrup Cup Modelled as a Fox Head
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery porcellaneous stirrup cup which features a fox head, stood directly on the ground, no base. Dull gilt base line. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front ...
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1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Good Pair of 19th C Staffordshire Black & White Spaniels
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Good pair of 19th c Staffordshire black & white spaniels, well painted with expressive faces, each dog stands 9" high x 6" wide x 3.5" deep. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

2 Antique 19th Century Staffordshire Porcelain Dogs Cocker Spaniels
By Staffordshire
Located in Dayton, OH
Pair of Staffordshire 19th century cocker spaniel figurines. Measures: 10".  
Category

19th Century Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Staffordshire Blue Willow Serving Platter
By Staffordshire
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19th century large blue willow serving platter is signed Staffordshire, England. The condition is in mint condition.
Category

19th Century English Country Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century English Staffordshire Transfer Pearlware Blue Willow Charger
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century English Staffordshire transfer pearlware charger / meat platter in blue willow pattern, marked.
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of circa 1860 Staffordshire Pottery Figures of Standing Pugs
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of circa 1860 Staffordshire pottery figures of standing pugs Measure: One: 7.25" W x 3.5" D x 9.25" T Two: 7.25" W x 3.25" D x 8.75" T.
Category

1860s Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Jones & Walley Blue Amaranthine Flowers English Transferware Dinner Plates, S/6
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
In the “Amaranthine Flowers” pattern, a set of six dinner plates, by Elijah Jones & Edward Walley – Hanley Cobridge Staffordshire, England - Circa 1841-1843. A Stone China body, t...
Category

Early 19th Century English Romantic Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

'The Orphan' English Statfordshire Two Part Porcelain Figurine of Cat on a Chair
By Staffordshire
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This lovely late 19th century Staffordshire figure of a white cat with blue eyes and collar sitting proudly on a fine rococo chair consists of a top and a bottom part creating a nice...
Category

Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Staffordshire Porcelain Chinoiserie Tea Set
By Staffordshire
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Staffordshire porcelain tea set, made ca. 1840 in the chinoiserie style with beautiful pink and orange floral decoration accented with apple green details. Staffordshire was the...
Category

Mid-19th Century British Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century Marked English Staffordshire Blue Willow Pearlware Platters
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of 19th century English Staffordshire transfer pearlware chargers in blue willow pattern with Royal Coat of Arms Mark & Initials JC (Probably for Joseph Clementson) circa 1794-1...
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Large English Staffordshire Blue and White Platter, 19th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large early 19th century blue and white Staffordshire platter with exotic scenery and seaweed border.     
Category

Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

A Pair of Large English Porcelain Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Staffordshire
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
A large pair of English Staffordshire porcelain figures of orange and white seated spaniel dogs with gold chain leashes. Their two front legs are separated, a more delicate, therefor...
Category

19th Century British Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Monumental Sized Staffordshire Hen on Nest Tureen
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery egg tureen and cover which features a hen sitting with her eggs, resting on a basketweave oval base. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse....
Category

19th Century British Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

English Pair of Porcelain Potpourri Vases, Cobalt Blue with Landscapes, ca 1830
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
On offer is a stunning pair of potpourri vases with covers, made by one of the great English (and probably Staffordshire) factories in about 1830. The vases are in excellent conditio...
Category

1830s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century White & Gilt Decorated Staffordshire Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of 19th century white & gilt decorated Staffordshire dogs, an unusual pair, well painted and modeled. Each one a standing spaniel with inset glass eyes and an extended back leg,...
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Glass, Pottery

Pair of Staffordshire Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Staffordshire dogs from the Victorian era. A Classic staple of Victoriana decor where they were placed on mantelpieces in 19th century homes where they could be admired. ...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Set of 6 Pairs of Graduated Staffordshire Spaniels, circa 1850
By Staffordshire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a rare set of 6 pairs of graduated brown and White Staffordshire Spaniels that date to the mid-19th century. All six pairs are in good condition with the normal anticipated p...
Category

Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery, Paint

19th Century Staffordshire Pealware Tea Set with Strawberry Pattern
By Staffordshire
Located in Middleburg, VA
19th century Staffordshire pealware tea set with strawberry pattern with vines and green leaves England, 1830 circa Measurements: Teapot - 7.5" H, 11" W; sugar bowl - 6" H, 8" W; c...
Category

Early 19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

English Porcelain Plaque with Flower Bouquet, Regency ca 1825
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful porcelain plaque with a lavish flower bouquet, set in a gilt wood frame. It was made in England in about 1825. This plaque has provenance: it once belonged to...
Category

1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

English Staffordshire Transferware Child’s ABC Clock Teaching Plate, Brown
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Staffordshire, England, a Children’s teaching plate, circa 1880-1900. This charming ABC plate is printed in a dimensional, geometric fan pattern, showing the entire alphabet,...
Category

1890s English Aesthetic Movement Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Stoneware

English Pottery Slipware Baking Dish, 18th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
English pottery slipware baking dish, late 18th century. The plain edged, brown glazed dish, trailed in creamy yellow slip, with a wriggled, trellis design, beneath a thick, crazed g...
Category

1780s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Antique Staffordshire Holy Water Font, Christ on the Cross
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Antique Staffordshire Holy Water Font, Christ on the Cross, Flanked by angels.
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Figure of Benjamin Franklin But Named Washington
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Large Staffordshire figure of Benjamin Franklin but named Washington for George Washington, mid-19th century (Ref: NY9353-cpr) The large Staffordshire pottery figure depicts an ...
Category

Mid-19th Century European American Classical Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Pair of English Staffordshire Glazed Ceramic Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fine pair of English Staffordshire glazed ceramic spaniels featuring white bodies with remnants of gold decoration. Beautiful craquelure finish and facial expressions.
Category

20th Century English Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Staffordshire Planter Jardinière on a Column
By Staffordshire
Located in Antwerp, BE
England, an attractive and large Staffordshire ceramic one of a kind hand thrown and richly glazed pot vessel on a stand decorated with beautiful flowers. Ceramic flower pedestal/Ca...
Category

Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Staffordshire Porcelain Teacup Trio, Cobalt Blue, Gilt, Flowers, Regency
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful trio consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer, made by a Staffordshire factory some time, circa 1825. It has a cobalt blue ground with cream and gilt pat...
Category

1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Diminutive Red Staffordshire Spaniels, circa 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of diminutive red Staffordshire Spaniels, circa 1860, Each one exceptionally painted with expressive faces.
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire English Pottery Figure of a Girl with a Large Sheep
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine and scarce antique English Staffordshire figure of a girl with a very large sheep dating from the mid 19th century. The figure stands on molded rockwork base with the girl sta...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pottery Blue and White Printed Chinoiserie Dish
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Staffordshire large pottery blue and white large printed chinoiserie dish, 19th Century The Staffordshire underglaze blue and white deep dish is printed with a chinoiserie scene of...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Staffordshire Mr & Mrs Gladstone Pair Political Portrait Pottery Figures
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare pair Staffordshire pottery political figures titled Mr & Mrs Gladstone and dating from the latter 19th century. The cast figures portray prime minister William Ewart Gladstone...
Category

Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of English Staffordshire Golden Ceramic Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming pair of English Victorian Staffordshire glazed ceramic spaniel dogs. Featuring golden accents and gilt remnants over a white craquelure glazed finish. Wonderful expressions ...
Category

20th Century English Late Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Staffordshire Seated Dalmatian Inkwells
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Staffordshire seated Dalmatian inkwells, each one reclining with front legs crossed, resting on an oval blue cushion. Unmarked, later 19th century examples.    
Category

Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

20th Century circa 1950s English Staffordshire Hand Painted Pottery Cat
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
20th century circa 1950s English Staffordshire hand painted pottery cat.
Category

20th Century English Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Staffordshire furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Staffordshire Furniture collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 104 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Staffordshire were created in Europe during the 19th century in the Victorian style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Royal Worcester, James Dixon & Sons and Walker & Hall. The prices for Staffordshire furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$75 and tops out at US$40,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$1,223 on average..