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The Crown Lynn Collection

The collection includes examples of most types of ceramics produced by Crown Lynn over its 40 year history, as well as tools and machinery involved in its manufacture, and an archive of documents, photographs and designs relating to the company. The collection of objects spans from the 1940s to the 1980s and clearly demonstrates the advances in manufacturing techniques developed by Crown Lynn over that period as well as changes in fashion and design.

Production

The collection includes a variety of items used in the manufacture of Crown Lynn ceramics including ram press cases, metal engraving plates, backstamps, moulds and models ...
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Nurseryware

Crown Lynn made ceramics for children from the 1950s, the decoration themes included nursery rhymes, animals and children’s characters such as Basil Brush and the Wombles ...
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Dinnerware

Thousands of dinnerware patterns were produced by Crown Lynn, as well as shapes and sets designed for different markets ...
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Badged ware

Crown Lynn made hard wearing vitrified porcelain wares for government and commercial customers such as hotels. The crockery was decorated with the logo which we have described as Badged ware. Examples include NZ Army and Air New Zealand ...
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Trials

Trials were made to test out new shapes or glazes to see if they could be put into production. Many of these items have numbers written in pencil to identify the composition of the trial ...
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Vases

Vases were produced in all manner of glazes, shapes and sizes including the popular swan shape ...
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Luke Adams Pottery

Luke Adams Pottery was based in the South Island and manufactured the souvenir ware Ngakura for Crown Lynn. From 1965 to 1975 the Pottery manufactured Crown Lynn shapes ...
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Titian

Titian Potteries became a subsidiary of Crown Lynn Potteries around 1967. Titian made a wide range of the matt white ware and some shapes were made by both companies. Titian produced popular kitchenware and vases during this time ...
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Ambrico

The porcelain specials department of the Amalgamated Brick and Pipe Company was the precursor to Crown Lynn in the 1940s ...
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Technical Ceramics

Porcelain electrical fixtures, bathroom wares were all produced by Crown Lynn Technical Ceramics Ltd ...
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