The story of Royal Albert Bone China stretches back over one hundred years to the establishment of a small pottery by Thomas Wild in 1896 in London. The company became Royal Albert soon after 1900. The Harold Holdcraft inspired Old Country Roses was launched in 1962. Originally it was to be called Treasure Garden, the design was based on the 1921 pattern King's Ransom. The lovely design consists of floral sprays of red, yellow and pink roses against a green leaf background with 22k gold stipple trim. Many variations of the mark have evolved over the years, but this 2-tiered serving or tidbit tray has the original mark of 1962 - 1973. The tray stands 9 1/2" in height and the two round plates measure 6 1/4" and 8" across. Each plate is marked and the metal handle is gold-tone. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.
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