This sweet Lily of the Valley luncheon plate was made by Hammersley, England. The pattern is #4958, Lily of the Valley. What I love about this pattern is that each of the six lily of the valley bouquets dotted around the plate is different from the others. While they all have the wide green leaves and tiny columns of bell-like flowers in white and yellow, some have more leaves, some have more flowers, or the leaves may bend in different directions. Each design has a sprig or two of delicate bluish greenery to complement. This beautiful plate has a scalloped rim with embossed scrolls, flutes, and sweeping fronds, and the edge of the plate is trimmed in gold.
This sweet salad plate measures 8-1/4 inches in diameter.
It was made by Hammersley between 1939 and 1982. The backstamp is 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.
As in most vintage pieces, there are normal, small surface scratches. There is a 1/8-inch glaze slip along the back edge. The gold trim shows very little wear.