The armorial is that of Sir Thomas Gabriel, 1st Baronet. Born in 1811, he served as Sheriff of London and Middlesex from 1859–to 60 and Lord Mayor of London from 1866 to 67. Soon after his term as Lord Mayor* he was created a baronet.*
The Motto: In Prosperis Time In Adversis Spera (Fear In Prosperity, Hope In Adversity) Crest: On a mount Vert a boar’s head erased Sable billety Or.
Escutcheon: Sable on a pile Or ten billets four three two and one of the field.
*The Lord Mayor is not the Mayor of London. The Lord Mayor’s primary role has been to represent, support, and promote the businesses of the City of London.
Background of Copeland Porcelain
In the early 1820s, the Spode factory, managed by Josiah Spode II and his business partner William Copeland, became the largest pottery in Stoke, England. In 1833 William Taylor Copeland, William Copeland’s son acquired the business in partnership with Thomas Garrett. The factory’s productions from this period were marked ‘Copeland and Garrett.’ Typical wares produced during the Copeland and Garrett period were in the rococo style, which was fashionable then.
In 1846, William Taylor Copeland acquired the company outright, and he and four generations of his descendants controlled the company until 1966. William Taylor Copeland was a classic Victorian industrialist, combining ownership of the factory with a career in politics and public life – as a member of Parliament.
Under the Copelands, the factory vied with Minton in making some of the most spectacular ceramics wares of the age. Gifted artists, such as C. F. Hurten, were imported from continental factories, and superb pieces were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of London in 1851, International Exhibitions in London in 1862, and Paris in 1878.
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