This Lovely Royal Albert Bone China Friendship Series Sweet Pea Lyric Shape Teacup and Saucer makes a lovely gift! The Lyric shape is a corset-shaped teacup with matching saucer, here for the Friendship Series. The pattern features Sweet Pea flowers in soft medium blues, pinks, and whites, with trailing leaves in varying shades of green, and soft gray ferns and tendrils in the background. The flowers decorate the front and back of the teacup and nearly encircle the rim of the saucer. Both pieces are scalloped and have repeating fan-shaped embossing. The embossed shapes circle the base of the cup and the cup well of the saucer. The rims are trimmed with gold, as is the handle of the cup, and the foot is heavily gilded. The Sweet Pea is also one of the birth flowers for April.
The teacup is 3-inches tall, the handle rises just above the rim. It is 3-3/4 inches in diameter across the top with another inch for the handle, and it tapers down to stand on a 1-3/4 inch foot. The matching Saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
Made by Royal Albert China from the 1950s to the 1970s, the back stamp is a deep pink crown, followed by the words "Royal Albert" in block letters, "Bone China" in pale script, and "England" in smaller block letters. “Friendship” is stamped in deep pink beneath the word England, followed by "Series” then the pattern name “Sweet Pea.” The two colors alternate throughout the mark.
There is a 3/8-inch dull spot along the back edge of the saucer. This may be only a glaze slip, but it is also slightly gray in that area, so it may be a place where it was banged against something. It is very tiny and on the back, so it is not readily noticeable. There is also a pinpoint-sized dip in the gold on the front edge of the saucer in a different area. There is a tiny bit of red residue, like nail polish, on the inside of the handle. I have been able to remove most of it, but there are a couple of specks left, and I don’t want to apply more pressure to that delicate area. There is no other damage to this wonderful set.
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Royal Albert Bone China Friendship Series Sweet Pea Lyric Shape Teacup and Saucer