Downtown Wheeling has been at the forefront of many news with sewage and street improvements, more housing options, and an effort by many small businesses to create an ambiance that inspires residents and visitors to enjoy our friendly city.
Now is the perfect time to display Wheeling collectibles and profit from our success as a manufacturing hub and gateway to the West.
Wheeling collectibles are also a thoughtful gift for newbies arriving in town for work or visitors.
What is the most well-known Chinese company in Wheeling since its heyday in manufacturing? Warwick, of course.
Warwick was located just off Orrick’s present site at 22nd and Water Streets, and employed thousands of people during its existence from 1887 to 1951. Trained by local businessmen JR McCortney, OC Dewey , CJ Rawlings, Albert F. Stifel and AJ Cecil, the company was created to meet the needs of a growing middle class.
Warwick produced porcelain of distinction and many collectors have built an interesting collection around the treasures. Some of his most sought-after pieces are the beautiful decorative vases, his famous Ladies of the Night series and IOGA items.
Our local Mansion Museum has many examples on display in the Wymer General Store Collection, located on the museum’s first floor.
The name “Warwick” was inspired by Warwick Castle in England. The hallmark of Warwick China’s initial coins was a knight’s helmet and crossed swords, reflecting the alluring idea of castles, knights and elegance.
The company may have produced its last piece in 1951 – but over the years Warwick has become known for their excellent semi-porcelain dinner, tea and toilet sets; hotel articles and crockery in vitrified earth.
In today’s column you will find several unusual pieces from Warwick that any collector would love to own. Using decals or the hand painting skills of their many artists, Warwick made vases, teapots, coffeemakers, pitchers, bowls and planters that were both artistic and attractive.
Popular images found on Warwick include two different ship captains, monks, ladies, dogs, herons, Indians, flowers, and even President Lincoln.
Blue porcelain and Delft designs are also part of the Warwick collection inventory, and hotel and tableware designs include dozens of numbers.
Other companies have made parts of a similar style, using the same decals, so you need to study a bit to find out more about Warwick in order to identify it accurately. But it is an enjoyable hobby that offers some interesting china to display in your home.
The values of most antique glass and ceramics may have fallen due to the general trend in antiques, but that only means that now is the perfect time to buy.
For a complete overview of Warwick China, pick up the Schiffer collectible volume from former Bridgeport, Ohio resident (now deceased) John Rader, Sr. referred to simply as “Warwick China” (2000). This hardback book includes hundreds of color photos that illustrate the exciting ceramics. It can be found online at schifferbooks.com and Amazon.
Good year! And what better way to celebrate new horizons than to value our past as we proudly build our future?