Mark: "Carltonware Handpainted. Made in England. "Trade Mark". Registered Australian Design".
The ‘Registered Australian Design’ conundrum... the backstamp in use from about 1935 to 1961. By the mid 1930’s, the Japanese had become very proficient in copying good quality wares and Carlton Ware was an obvious target for them. The prices for the imitations were considerably lower than the genuine originals. A clause in the ‘South East Asia Treaty Organisation’ which concerned Australia and Japan, stated that designs registered in Australia could not be copied by the Japanese. The firm took advantage of this situation and registered a large number of designs with the Australians, leading to the unusual backstamp.