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Wedgwood, first incorporated in 1895 as Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd, was a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories manufacturer that was founded May 1, 1759 by English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood. It was one of the largest manufacturers of Staffordshire pottery. Known for "dry-bodied" (unglazed) stoneware Jasperware in contrasting colours, and in particular "Wedgwood blue" and white. Jasperware has been made continuously by the firm since 1775. Despite increasing local competition in its export markets, the business continued to flourish in the 19th and early 20th centuries, remaining in the hands of the Wedgwood family, but after World War II it began to contract, along with the rest of the English pottery industry. After buying a number of other Staffordshire ceramics companies, in 1987 Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal to create Waterford Wedgwood plc, an Ireland-based group. (Information from Wikipedia.)

Born: 1759