The glossy black exterior on this Teacup and Saucer makes a most striking variation of the Royal Albert Bone China Old English Rose pattern. Backed by lifelike leaves, a repetitive motif of three pairs of beautiful roses, one in shades of cotton candy pink, the other in deeper magenta red tones rings the snow-white inside of the Malvern-shaped teacup. The matching saucer has a single magenta rose in the cup well. Both the outside of the fluted cup and the wide rim of the scalloped saucer are finished in high-gloss black. The rims of both as well as the center of the saucer are gold trimmed, and the white teacup foot and handle are also gold-lined.
This Malvern-shaped cup is 2-5/8 inches tall, 3-1/8 to the top of the handle. It is 3-1/2 inches in diameter at the top and stands on a 1-7/8 inch foot. The matching scalloped saucer is just under 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
Both pieces are stamped with a black crown, followed by the words "Royal Albert" in block letters, "Bone China" in script, and "England" in smaller block letters. The mark on the saucer shows gaps in the transfer.
This pattern was made by Royal Albert China during the 1960s to 1970s.
There is a pinhead-sized bump along the rim of the cup, but the gold is intact. Moving straight down from this flaw, there are a few white spots in the transfer of the red rose, and several more in the red rose to the right. These can be seen in the photos with the handle on the left. The black is highly reflective, so the photos show every speck of dust. Also, the rose in the center of the saucer is a brighter color than it appears in the photo. There are no chips or cracks on either piece.
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