Wedgwood bone china tableware graced the tables of many illustrious homes throughout the world, including the dinner service which President Theodore Roosevelt ordered for the White House.During the 1930s, Wedgwood's success continued and in order to increase efficiency, the fifth Josiah Wedgwood decided to build a new factory near the village of Barlaston.

A truly glorious collection with a heritage stretching back seven decades.

Wedgwood is one of the most renowned English brands, with globally-recognised designs spanning 250 years.

Last year, further job cuts were announced bringing the staffing levels in the factory in Kilbarry to under 100.

The outlook has been equally bleak for Royal Doulton, a once proud British brand, in recent years.

By all accounts, the queen was so pleased with the look and feel of Wedgwood’s creation that she gave him permission to market it as Queen’s Ware.

Despite its name, Queen’s Ware was not designed for royalty or special occasions. Accordingly, Wedgwood produced Queen’s Ware plates, cups, saucers, bowls, and even candlesticks.

"This will not do for Josiah Wedgwood," he used to shout Since the company was purchased by Waterford Glass Group in 1986, the china firm endured tough times as formal dining trends gave way to more relaxed habits and cheaper competitors.

Six years of losses drove Wedgwood to move all major ceramics production from Barlaston to the industrial outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia.

But perhaps it was a growing reflection of changing times that, in more recent years, it became remembered for a gag in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.

Hyacinth Bucket made frequent references to her Royal Doulton china "with the hand-painted Periwinkles".

For 200 years, the city of Waterford, Ireland, produced some of the world's finest glassware.