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Beyond The Heaps [Apr. 18th, 2017|07:50 pm]
Tony Grist
We worked our way through the heaps and came to a wheelbarrow holding two cardboard boxes full of Royal Worcester bone china. I knew they were there because I put them there myself three or four years ago, but hadn't ever really looked at the contents. The pieces resolve into two sets- one a dinner service I remember my parents buying themselves as a special treat- so not so very old- and the other the remains of a tea set- consisting of 12 saucers, 8 cups, 11 small plates, two large plates, a milk jug and a slop bowl. I showed my mother one of the plates and she said, "Ah yes, this is what my mother thought of as her best china."  It's remarkable what she remembers. Most of her life post 1945 is now a blank but she can still access her childhood. I researched Royal Worcester marks online and couldn't make head nor tail of them but if the set was my grandmother's- possibly a wedding present- it's going to be something like 100 years old.

[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-04-19 06:28 pm (UTC)

I tried looking too. image search didn't do a very good job

this is difficult it is not a cobalt blue.
it is in a very lovely william morris style
it has the same flowing image but not as busy
with the lovely white space giving the design room to breath.
I ended up sliding into Spode.
the transfer work is pristine no sliding as they put the design on.

looks like this will help you with dating
"https://www.museumofroyalworcester.org/learning/research/royal-worcester-factory-marks/" someone else had the same chart
but I think they lifted it from here.

I looked thru what they have via inventory
and did not find anything similar
I'm sure they'd love your pots as the sign says
but that is no help in identifying the pattern.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-19 07:05 pm (UTC)

Re: I tried looking too. image search didn't do a very good job

Thanks for the website.

Our pieces don't have any date marks- which seems to mean that they're earlier than 1875. I resisted that conclusion because I was looking for a date closer to my grandmother's marriage (c. 1917) but I suppose they may have been neither a gift nor a purchase but an inheritance.
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