A work of art in a teacup is this pale peach-colored Bone China Teacup and Saucer set with the Orchard Fruit depiction by Hammersley, England. The inside of the cup is covered with a beautifully detailed depiction of fruit, including a pair of golden apples and a trio of hazelnuts in the foreground, with three more hazelnuts still attached to the foliage. Large, lifelike leaves in green turning to brown accent the fruit and nuts, and the background is beautifully completed in soft purples, blues, greens, and yellows. The outside of the cup and the 2-inch wide rim of the saucer are finished in a soft peach color. The handle of the cup and the foot are lavishly gilded, as is the cup ring on the saucer, and the scalloped rims of both pieces are also trimmed in gold.
The teacup is 4-inches in diameter at the rim, and 2-3/8 inches tall. The 1/2-inch tall foot of the cup is 1-3/4 inches in diameter. The saucer is 5-3/4 inches in diameter.
The saucer is stamped with the Green underglaze crown with two oak leaves and an acorn growing out of the top, circled by the words: "Bone China, Hammersley & Co." "Made in England" under the circle completes the mark. The mark on the cup is a green crown with the words “Hammersley & Co.” arched above it. “Longton Stoke-on-Trent England” is stamped beneath the crown. The cup is also numbered 4850/3. The mark on the cup is older, used from 1912-1939, but its use overlapped the mark on the saucer for a few short years, making it possible to narrow the date of manufacture for this set to circa 1939.
There are two small dings in the gold around the rim of the cup. These are magnified in the photo. They do not go down into the cup, but they do catch your fingernail along the top of the rim. The blush pink color on the outside of the cup is slightly uneven and holds more pink toward the rim, though this is not readily noticed. There are a couple of soft gray utensil marks on the side of the cup, and there is a curious round dent on the outside of the cup near the handle. This is not a chip, and does not show in a photo, but rather appears to have been caused by something during the manufacturing process. The gold cup well of the saucer has numerous surface scratches. There are no other condition issues on this gorgeous set.
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