Stunning Yellow with Gold Rose Overlay Yellow Bone China Teacup and Saucer by Royal Grafton numbered 8726. Detailed roses in gold filigree form a ring overlaid on the 1-1/4 inch butter-yellow rim of the saucer and the matching inside rim of the teacup. A garland of gold branches and leaves create a band at the rim and at the bottom of the color, separating the yellow rim from the snow-white of the cup and saucer centers. A matching gold band of leaves circles the outside of the teacup. Looking like you could pluck it for a vase, a spray of large pink moss roses with matching buds and abundant realistic leaves of green are featured in the center bottom of each piece The foot of the cup is gilded, and the handle and scalloped rims of both pieces are also trimmed in gold.
This beautiful teacup measures 2-3/8 inches tall and 4-inches in diameter at the scalloped rim. It stands on a 1-3/4 inch diameter foot. The matching saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
Royal Grafton was a trademark of AB Jones & Sons, Longton, Staffordshire, England. The back stamp is a clever monogram of three letter Js in script and looped together to form a stylized three-petal flower. Each loop frames a letter: A, B, and J. The words “Royal Grafton, Fine Bone China, Made in England” circle the J-flower, and a crown tops the mark. This mark was used from 1961 to 1971. The pattern number 8726 is stamped on the back of the saucer.
There is a smooth, pinhead-sized indentation under the gold on the rim of the teacup and a miniscule glaze slip on the edge of the saucer rim. Both of these were flaws in the manufacturing process. The lovely gold filigree shows no wear. The horizontal lines seen through the gold in the photos are a trick of the light and the concave curvature of the teacup. There are no other condition issues.