Staffordshire Liberty Blue, dinnerware tableware pattern was a 1976 promotional premium item made to tie in with the 1776-1976 bicentennial celebration of America´s Declaration of Independence from England. They were made by Enoch Wedgwood in the Staffordshire district of England, in the tradition of the 19th century Staffordshire historical blue china.
According to the Robbins Nest website, the was “made by Enoch Wedgwood in the Staffordshire District of England in the tradition of the 19th century Staffordshire historical blue china”.
The Robbins Nest site also states that Liberty Bluewas originally designed as an incentive for Ben Franklin Savings and Loan customers. In October of 1976, Ben Franklin announced that the would no longer be available. For the following five years, it was sold as a grocery store promotion. The was very affordable with individual serving pieces selling for $.58 each.
According to Cindy Vee, Featured Education Contributor at Associated Content,
Authentic Liberty Blue pieces can be identified by a logo on the back featuring an eagle and flag and the wording “Liberty Blue, Original Copper Engravings of Historic Colonial Scenes, printed on Staffordshire Ironstone, Detergent andsafe, Made in England”. The logo also states the name of the historical scene depicted on the front of each piece.
I first learned of Liberty Blue from The Best of Collectible Dinnerware (Schiffer Book for Collectors). While there’s only a page or two on Liberty Blue, this book covers a ton of collectible dinnerware styles and patterns.