Aller Vale Pattern Codes

Pots frequently have 2 codes on the base, one is a pattern code the other is a shape number.

This page records a survey that I carried out amongst Torquay Pottery Collectors Society members 20 years ago.

I expect that they must still be relevant today and are worth re-publishing.

The survey recorded the proportion of pattern codes in collections, not surprisingly the Scandy pattern, N1, was most numerous at nearly 27%, with the Kerswell Daisy pattern, I4, second at 9%. The full list is below, we expect to produce a new page soon showing examples of all these codes. Other codes may exist on pots in your collection, please let us know by contacting info@torquaypottery.co.uk

We are very grateful to a correspondent to this site for a wonderful set of photographs, at the foot of this page, which illustrate nearly all of these patterns, please help us find the few missing patterns.

A1 5.4%; A2 0.2%; A3 0.1%.

B1 7.5%; B2 4.5%; B3 2.6%; B4 1.6%; B5 0.9%.

C1 6.9%; C2 0.1%; C3 0.6%; C4 0%; C5 0.1%.

D1 0.5%; D3 0.1%.

F1 0.8%; F3 0.6%; F4 0.3%;F5 0.2%

G1 1.4%

H1 0.5%; H2 0%

I1 0.1%; I2 0.1%; I4 8.9%

J2 0.6%

K1 1.5%; K2 4.1%; K3 0.5%; K4 0.5%; K5 0.1%; K6 0.9%; K7 0.1%.

L1 0.1%; L5 0.1%.

M1 0.3%; M2 0.9%; M3 0%

N1 26.8%; N2 3.0%; N3 0.4%; N4 0.2%; N6(Flowers) 0.1%; N6(Ladybird) 0.7%; N7 1.1%.

Q1 2.0%; Q3 0.1%.

S1 0.1%; S2 0.9%; S3 0%; S4 0%.

U1 0.4%; U3 0.2%.

Y1 0.3%.

Z1 0.1%.

Others without codes 9.7%, this is significant as many early pots pre-dated the creation of these codes.