Ridgway Homemaker range

Homemaker was produced over a period of thirteen years. There was a huge range sold at the time and there were two different basic shapes: Metro and Cadenza. When Cadenza was introduced in 1966, most items were not changed, and the original Metro shape continued for most pieces. The Cadenza shape seems only to have been used on the hollow ware (teapots, coffee pots, milk jugs and tureens).

There were also some rare experimental ranges. Homemaker was, for example, produced in red and white, and green and white, although very few of these pieces were sold and they are incredibly rare today. There were also some rare individual pieces, such as the bon-bon dish.

Homemake Cadenza teapot (image Stephen Dinnen) Homememaker Metro coffee pot (image jollyollie2012)

Teapots/coffee pots

There are two distinct styles of Homemaker teapot and coffee pot: the original Metro design by Tom Arnold, which was made from 1957, and the new Cadenza shape, designed by Margaret Simpson, which superseded it in 1966 (right Metro coffee pot, far right Cadenza teapot).

Homemaker Cadenza milk jug (image jollyollie2012) Homemaker original milk jug (image jollyollie2012) Homemaker sugar bowl(image jollyollie2012)

Milk jugs/sugar bowls

The original milk jug was black with white inside (second right). The sugar bowl (first right) also had the same style and was also black with white inside.  From around 1966, there was a Cadenza shape milk jug decorated with the Homemaker pattern (third right).

The original black jug and sugar bowl have no backstamp, thus making identification difficult.

Homemaker cups and saucers (image linda-g3) Homemaker soup bowl

Cups and saucers

Homemaker saucers had the Homemaker pattern applied, but the cups were plain black, usually with white inside. There was no backstamp applied to the cups.

There were three different sizes of cup: a small coffee cup, a teacup and a large teacup.

Soup bowls

The Homemaker soup bowl is similar to the cup, black with a white inside and with a saucer, but the bowl has two handles.

Plates


Homemaker plates: 7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch

There were a variety of different sized plates in the Homemaker range. Round plates were sold in 7-inch, 8-inch, 9-inch and 10-inch sizes. If you cannot measure the size, you can work it out by the number of motifs on the design. There were six motifs on the 7-inch plate, eight on the 8-inch, ten on the 9-inch and twelve on the 10-inch.

There were also oval plates made in four different sizes from very small up to a large serving plate.

Homemaker bowl Homemaker soup plate (image Stephen Dinnen)

Bowls

There were a variety Homemaker bowls and dishes. They were made in the coupe (rimless) style fashionable in the 1950s, but there were also fruit bowls with a rim for stones, as well as soup plates. I have seen:

  • Round oatmeal bowl - diameter 6.5"
  • Oatmeal bowl, flat base - diameter 6.5"
  • Fruit bowl with rim - diameter 6"
  • Cereal bowl - diameter 7"
  • Soup plate - diameter 9"

On the right is a round oatmeal bowl (top) and a soup plate (bottom).

Homemaker sandwich plate with fancy edging (image damiin) Homemaker sandwich plate, Metro shape (image weetipo)

Sandwich plates

Ridgway made two different styles of sandwich plate. There was one in traditional style with fancy edging (see left), as well as a sandwich plate in the Metro shape with rounded corners (below left).

There are two varieties of the Metro sandwich plate: one is relatively flat, the other has a more curved base with edges that form carrying lugs.

Homemaker tureen (Metro shape) Homemaker gravy boat (image jollyollie2012)

Tureen

The original Metro tureen is shown right. There is also a Cadenza tureen (not illustrated) which has a more curved lid.

Gravy boat

There was a Homemaker gravy boat which was black with no pattern. See photograph below, right.

Cruet set

There was an all black Homemaker Cruet set comprising a salt and pepper pot.

Homemaker Bon-bon dish (image Stephen Dinnen)
Homeaker sandwich dish in red Homeaker plate in green

Rare pieces

Bon-bon dish

This is a very rare piece (left) and may have been only produced for an experiment. The shape is not from either Metro or Cadenza, but is a traditional fancy style.

Red and green Homemaker

You can find Homemaker pieces in red or green as well as black. They were probably produced by Ridgway for experimentation. They are extremely rare.(see the two photographs on the right).

By Steven Braggs, May 2014

Your comments

"I'm after a black Ridgway milk jug & sugar bowl - as per the pics on the websit - to go with my tea set. Any ideas..

Rich" Rich 07/11/2014
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I have a small plate signed in red across the front by Enid Seeney herself. this was done at Flying Duck Enterprises in Greenwich London where she visited and signed a few pieces.

dO you think this as any value other than a normal price for a small plate?

Thanks

Stephen" Stephen pollard 10/06/2015
"Hi,

I believe I have a green Homemaker milk jug and sugar bowl but cannot find similar online to get some idea of value. Could you help?

Thanks" Helen Tatterton 18/11/2015
"Hi, I have a box of round plastic coasters and I am not sure if they are original or not. Were any Homemaker coasters produced in the 1950's or 60's?
Thank you." Julie Bridge 25/05/2016
"I have many pieces of homemaker that I am happy to sell to any collector, includes Tea pots, coffee pots, set of eight oval platters. Jugs, sugar bowls, handled soup bowls and saucers and even rarer objects if any one is interested. Email stephen@soapbox-creative.com" Stephen pollard 20/06/2016
"Hi - I have two sandwich plates (one of each) bought for my mother in the '50's, what would their value be?" Valerie Morrison 11/07/2016
"I have some dishes in gray made for the South African market. I would like to learn more about them." Joan Berglund 25/01/2017
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