As you will have read on the summary relating to RTS Antiques. I have always had a real attraction to the Staffordshire figures made by the Alpha Factory. The word “factory” is probably a misnomer as I think it is now widely acknowledged that many of the Staffordshire figure producers were actually “pot banks” or cottage industries probably situated in the back yard of a relatively humble property where a kiln had been built for that purpose. There were many such “factories” dotted in and around the towns of Staffordshire now affectionately and indeed appropriately called The Potteries. In my view, Alpha figures were all produced by one modeller and one manufacturer and that production took place between 1840 and 1853. The reasoning behind this statement is that all the figures that Alpha apparently produced carry many similar characteristics such as the clay with which they were manufactured, the choice of overglaze enamel colouring and painting and gilding techniques. I shall go into these particular characteristics in another of my blogs. Thomas Balston (His collection is presently housed in the Wedgwood Museum) in his book “Staffordshire figures of the Victorian Age” who first noted that manufacturing characteristics often gave away the manufacturer and he recognised the traits of the modeller and manufacturing techniques of the Tallis factory (now more commonly known as Thomas Parr) and Alpha itself. Alpha Factory", please follow the link.