Denby Dinnerware is a favorite of collectors. The company celebrated its 200 year anniversary in 2009. Denby Pottery hasn't always made dinnerware. In 1809 the company started manufacturing salt-glazed pottery marketed by Joseph Bourne & Son, Limited which became known for producing quality bottles and jars.
They began making kitchenware and in the 1920 these products were stamped as "Danesby Ware". Dinnerware became the company's predominant product line in the 1950s and in 1970s their oven-to-tableware productions were much in demand.
Many of the dinnerware patterns of this English dinnerware are applied by hand which can cause slight variations from piece to piece which adds to the beauty of hand-crafted dinnerware.
Popular patterns include:
If you like two-tone dinnerware, you have to check out Denby Duets. The mixture of colors is quite interesting and can really set a color theme for decorating your kitchen.
You will also find that there are a lot of Denby vintage dinnerware patterns. The company has been around for over 200 years. To get replacement pieces, you can check with replacement companies or visit the internet auctions.
One thing that I really like about Denby is that they notify registered collectors 12 months in advance if a pattern is being discontinued. That in itself makes it a great dinnerware set to collect.
The Denby Pottery Company concentrates on making everyday dinnerware that meets the modern lifestyle; however, they do make some fine bone china. Most Denby dinnerware is oven safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. It can also be placed in the refrigerator or freezer. As always, you do need to avoid drastic temperature changes because that can cause the dinnerware to crack. For instance, you shouldn't take refrigerated plates and place them in the oven.