This sweet set of two Higgins & Seiter Demitasse Cups and Saucers were made in Austria circa the early 1900s. These delicate porcelain demitasse cups and saucers are decorated with scattered pink rosebuds in two different sizes accented with emerald green leaves. A narrow band of gold in a stylized Greek Key design rings the rim of the saucer, and two matching bands circle each cup. The edges of both the cup and saucer are trimmed with a narrow band of gold, and the cup handle and foot are also gold-decorated. The porcelain is so fine as to be translucent.
Each pretty demitasse cup is 2-1/4 inches tall and 2-1/4 inches in diameter, 2-7/8 inches across the handle. The matching saucer is 4-5/8 inches in diameter with a 1-1/2 inch cup well.
Imported from Austria sometime between the 1890s and 1915, each piece is stamped “Austria” and "Higgins & Seiter, New York" with a flourish. Both are stamped in the same green. Higgins & Seiter were the largest retailers of fine china and glass in New York City beginning around 1897. They closed their doors in 1915.
While there is some minor gold loss on the rims, it is less than I would expect in these century-old pieces. There are also a handful of old, pinpoint-sized nicks along the backside of the saucers, and one under the gold on the rim of one cup. These truly do not detract in any way, and are not easily detected. This is a lovely and remarkable set for its age.
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