Hammersley & Co. is known for creating some of the finest English Bone China, and the Asiatic Pheasants pattern on this Milk Pitcher is a stunning example of their work. The Asiatic Pheasant motif features an exotic multi-color pheasant with outstretched wings among flowering tree branches. Large blossoms in royal blues, deep pinks, and golden yellows replicate the magnificent colors of the central bird. Garlands of matching blossoms adorn the wider section near the base in four places, and the bird motif is on the front and the back of the pitcher. Embossed scrolls circle the rim of the fluted pitcher, and an embossed feather design on the front of the spout echoes the birds on each side. The scalloped top rim and foot, as well as the fancy handle, are edged with gold.
Larger than a creamer, this milk pitcher is 6-1/2 inches tall and about 4-1/2 inches in diameter at its widest. The foot is 3-inches in diameter, and the opening is about 3-inches across.
The back stamp is a green crown with the words “Hammersley & Co.” arched above it. “Bone China Made in England” is stamped beneath the crown. This mark was used by Hammersley circa 1939.
Other than a single tiny glaze pop, and needing a little cleaning on the inside, there are no condition issues. The design is bright and clear and I find no wear on the gold.
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