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(6) 4 piece place settings of Coxon Belleek - PERFECT
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(6) 4 piece place settings of Coxon Belleek - PERFECT

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Sold Date: 04/19/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay



This is a gorgeous set of belleek dinnerware. The pattern is “Floral Bouquet” and it was manufactured by the Coxon Belleek Co of Wooster Ohio between 1927 and 1931. Each piece has the Coxon "belleek" trademark on the back in black. Several pieces bear the name of Included are Six 4 piece place settings for a total of 24 pieces. Which break down as follows PLATES (6) 10.5 inch, (6) 7 3/8 inch, (6) teacups single handle with (6) 5 ¾ inch teacup saucers, All pieces are in excellent condition, no cracks, chips or other imperfections that I found. Low opening Bid for such a collectable set and there is no reserve !

The Coxon Belleek China Co. was the last of 11 American potteries that tried to duplicate and market a fine dinnerware comparable to Irish Belleek. The company operated in Wooster from 1927-31 before going out of business because of a combination of poor management and the onset of The Great Depression.

In early 1926, Fred Coxon closed a pottery he had been operating in Fredericksburg, and persuaded his brother, Edward, and Edward's son, Edward Jr., to join him in business in Wooster. The Coxons used a Belleek formula their father, Jonathan, had obtained when he was operating a pottery in Trenton, N.J., and had hired Irish workers and brought them to America. Jonathan Coxon was co-founder of the Lenox China Company.

From the very beginning, the quality of Coxon Belleek china matched that of Irish Belleek, and the Wooster business soon had accounts with the largest and most prestigious department stores in the country. In 1929 the Coxons sent a 24-piece platinum-decorated set of dinnerware to President Herbert Hoover at the White House.

It is likely the set was actually ordered by Mrs. Hoover rather than having been sent as a publicity gesture. The first lady's grandparents, the William Henrys, lived in Wooster and she visited them often. She may well have seen Coxon Belleek during the course of one of her trips to the city. Presently, the whereabouts of the Hoover Coxon set is unknown.

Some china collectors believe the Coxon product represents one of the finest examples of Belleek America has ever produced. It is noted for its shell-like, iridescent or translucent qualities. Most pieces carry the Coxon Belleek logo on the back of the ware. Because Coxon used the term Belleek, he had to pay a royalty to the Irish company.

About 60 Coxon patterns are known, the one most commonly found in the Wooster area being D-1025. Only two patterns carry names: Boulevard and Iota, the latter supposedly named for Fred Coxon's secretary.

At the peak of production, Coxon employed 75 workers, 12 of whom were artists that decorated the ware.

Source: Various newspaper and antique trade paper articles.

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