An American, David Haviland, was an importer of French and English porcelains during the early to mid-1800's. In 1849 he moved his family to Limoges, France, to begin his own porcelain manufacturing and decorating factory and as a result, Haviland China, was born. Upon his death in 1879, his two sons split the company. Charles formed Haviland & Co., while Theodore formed Theodore Haviland. These fantastic plates are from the Charles Haviland Company.
The shape of these luncheon plates is known as folded napkin, as all four corners are neatly folded inward. They measure 8 3/4" across and carry the "H & Co. over L", mark F, circa 1876-1889. The motif consists of a square central cartouche and wide border of Bachelor Button and Black-eyed Susan flowers with gold highlights and border trim. Each plate is decorated in a different color arrangement in shades of blues, crimsons and peach. There are no cracks, chips or repairs on this set. Some very minor age-related wear to the gold trim and enameled napkin fold portion.
Each plate is also marked "Fabrique Par Haviland & Co. Limoges - Pour French Potter & Wilson - Kinsley's or Kinsley". They are dated, 1889, 1889, 1888 & 1882; the 1882 plate is also marked "Chicago". The French Potter & Wilson - Chicago Illinois business was formed in 1879 as importers and dealers in crockery, china glassware, etc. and was an off-shoot of the original Boston House, established in 1822 by Abram French.