When Early Series numbers were superseded by the 500 Series (believed to be 1941 or 1942) it was presumably intended as a 'new beginning' for Remued shape-numbering, consolidating and simplifying the big untidy collection that the Early Series had gradually become. The 500 Series numbering was short-lived, however. Perhaps retailers felt it just further complicated the scattered stock-numbering practices they had been dealing with. Whatever the reason, the 500 Series was soon replaced by a completely new numbering scheme, the Later Series, starting afresh at number 1. The popular basket shape, formerly numbered 194 then 501, now became number 1. For the catalogue index of Later Series numbers click here.
Styles by now were generally plainer than the Early Series. In the Later Series there is almost no gumleaf decoration (with one notable exception, the 15-M wall-pocket vases) nor twighandle decoration (again, an exception, the 91-H dishes), and no koalas. After the end of World War 2 however, the Later Series did see the introduction of new applied decorations. Daisy flowers appeared on quite a few shapes and various other decorative designs were used more or less experimentally. Grapevine decoration continued to be used. Colours were generally paler and more standardized, and matt glazes more common. 1950s styles included a white spatter finish that had been made popular by potter Eric Juckert and copied by others, including Premier whose first examples appeared towards the end of the Early Series.
Larger items in the Later Series usually carried the Remued signature but smaller pieces were rarely signed. Inch suffixes, where present, were separated from the shape number by a hyphen not a slash as previously. 'Hand Made' was no longer included in base inscriptions although the foil sticker still had it. By now the word 'Australia' had been dropped from the sticker although the older sticker design with 'Australia' on it still appeared on occasional Later Series pieces.
The Later Series continued in production until the closure of Premier Pottery Preston in 1956. Nearly all the Later Series shapes are documented in potter's notebooks which have survived to this day. Shape numbers eventually ranged from 1 to about 200. The potter's notebooks enable us to fill gaps in the image database and to deduce approximate dates when new shape numbers were introduced. The introduction of Later Series numbers falls into three separate periods; pre-1941/2; 1941/2 to the end of the war; and post-war, as follows.
1. Later Series shapes introduced pre-1941/42; numbers 1 to about 68
These shapes make up the majority of all Remued pieces found today. Although some production presumably took place during 1941/42, most was post-war through to 1955. Production of this range was halted during the later war years 1942-45.
Most shapes had appeared previously in the Early Series, but a few were completely new designs.
In the immediate post-war years smaller shapes in the range were thrown by junior potter Ted Angleton. Larger shapes continued to be the work of Allan James.
Although the range overall is relatively plentiful, some individual shapes within the range are extremely rare.
A photograph dated 1950 from wholesale agents Burmatt Pty Ltd. Every shape is from the range introduced pre-1942.
Left to right, back row; 13-7, 13-9, 13-12, 53-12, 53-10, 45. Middle; 57-L, 57, 4-L, 4, 4-s, 68-10. Front; 23, 1-4, 1-6, 1-8, 1-10, 1-12.
2. Later Series shapes introduced 1941/42 - 1945;
numbers 69 to about 132
From about number 65 - 69 onward a marked change is seen. The familiar decorative forms gave way to utilitarian items, in compliance with wartime regulations that were introduced during 1942. The new wartime range included kitchenware and tableware, shaving mugs, lamp bases and acid jars. Some were revivals of PPP shapes from ten years earlier. From number 111 the potter's shape book shows items made for the army including cups, mugs, salad bowls and pickle jars. Shape number 129 is labelled 'Mug, Migrant Camp', marking the immediate aftermath of the war.
Most items in this range are rare nowadays or even totally unknown, due to diminished output under wartime conditions and possibly because many items weren't incised nor glazed in characteristic Remued style and hence go unrecognised. Two particular shapes are more plentiful though, presumably from post-war production, the 91 and 108 dishes.
No example recorded - known only from this shape-book sketch.
3. Later Series shapes introduced post-war;
numbers 133 to 199
Restrictions were lifted immediately after the end of the war. Production of decorative shapes 1 to 68 resumed and the Later Series was now extended with new designs plus some further revivals from the Early Series. Shapes introduced post-war are generally uncommon today but examples more often found include the number 146 jugs and 163 posy ring, both of them Early Series revivals.
Plain white or near-white finishes are found on many pieces. Past number 175 they are the most common finishes, except for the range 185-193 which were 'agate ware' using contrasting coloured clays to give a swirling variegated effect
Shape books show numbers continuing as far as 199 which is also the highest number recorded in the image database. It is thought numbers never went higher. Certain other post-war shapes introduced from about 1951 formed a new numbering series, the 'A' Series, which went on to become Kerryl. The Later Series continued until production at Oakover Road ended in 1955.
Post-war '500' range
There is also a small group of numbers from 500 up that are not part of the 500 Series, but instead are associated with the Later Series. In Later Series shape books numbers 500-506 are interposed between Later Series 165 and 166. The reason for this group of anomalous numbers is unknown. Most recorded examples have twig-handles (common in the Early Series but otherwise rare in the Later Series) and numbers carry the suffix 'H'.