This beautiful Bone China 3635 cobalt blue, red, and gold Teacup and Saucer is marked, Royal Stafford. The intricate Imari style design has trailing rust-red to pink poppies on tall stems with green leaves winding around the inside of the cup and covering the rim of the saucer. A deep cobalt blue band wraps around approximately 1/4-inch of the rim and drapes down about an inch in four places to frame rust-red swags with a fish-scale design. The cobalt band has a gold overlay of scallops, lines, and dots. Gold embellishments define the bands, each swag, the D-shaped handle, foot, and cup ring, and a narrow band of gold encircles the outside of the cup.
The delicate bone china teacup measures 2-inches tall and 3-3/4 inches in diameter across the scalloped rim with another inch for the handle. It stands on a 1-3/4 inch shallow foot. The matching saucer is 5-3/8 inches in diameter.
It is stamped with The Royal Stafford Circle and Banner mark in red used by Thomas Poole from 1929 to 1940, then again in 1952 when the firm continued under the name Royal Stafford China. The outer ring of the circle reads Guaranteed English Bone China and surrounds a crown with the words Royal Stafford. The banner below the circle reads Made in England. The number 3635 4 is hand painted on the saucer. There are also artist’s marks on both pieces.
There are two tiny brown specks, like grains of sand, in the bottom of the cup that seem to be under the glaze. Other than minor wear on the gold consistent with age, there are no other condition issues.