In 1869 Mr. Thomas Maddock founded his business and was among the first to begin producing porcelain wares here in the US. Prior to this all sanitary earthenware products were produced outside the United States. Interestingly, this ability resulted not only in a fifty percent reduction in the cost of many such products, but reduced time of delivery from months to some few days/weeks since orders and  products no longer had to cross the Atlantic ocean. As a result their first factory was insufficient for the demand that ensued. In 1876 the firm was Astbury & Maddock. Later Mr. Maddock became sole owner of the plant, and took his sons into partnership. At the Centennial they exhibited sanitary earthenware and crockery for general use. The marks used by Thomas Maddock & Sons are: A circular ribbon containingthe initials of the firm name and the date 1859, surmounted by a crown, which was used on dinner ware, and an anchor for sanitary earthenware. Any mark with 'Maddocks' (note the’s’ at the end) is an American company and not Maddock & Sons of Burslem, England.  Vintage porcelain fixtures manufactured by the Maddock family are still in demand today for their quality, design and function. Thomas Maddock's Sons was acquired in 1929 by Sanitary Manufacturing Company, which later merged with American Radiator Company to become American Standard.

 

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