Royal Stafford created these magnificent Bone China footed Demitasse Cups and Saucers with beautiful Berries and Gold Leaves and named the pattern Golden Bramble. Clearly designed for those with discriminating taste, each of these lavishly decorated demitasse cup and saucer sets feature plump, ripe blackberries trailing on the vine. Interspersed with realistic berries yet to ripen, the plum purples of the ripe berries blend perfectly with the pale greens and pinks of the ripening berries. The vines are accented with leaves in satiny gold. Three concentric bands of gold circle the tapered base of each cup above the gilded foot and two matching gold bands circle the center cup well of the saucer. The cup handle is gold-decorated and the scalloped rims of both the cup and the saucer are also gold-trimmed. The sumptuous gold trim of this set would nearly classify it as a cabinet cup.
Each diminutive cup is 2-1/2 inches tall and 2-3/4 inches in diameter, perched on a 1-3/8 inch foot. The matching saucer 5-1/8 inches in diameter.
Each is stamped with the pattern name “Golden Bramble” in gold, followed by “Royal Stafford Bone China Made in England” in blue. “Bone China” is framed in blue. This mark was used by Royal Stafford China circa the 1950s. Through several mergers over its more than 150-year history, the new Royal Stafford formed in 1992 is still in business today, however, the Golden Bramble pattern has not been in production for some time.
There is slight wear to the gold on the rim of two of the saucers in nearly the exact spot. This spot, almost directly north of the leaf, is about 1/4-inch long and feels slightly rough, as though these two saucers were stacked and touched against something as the gold was drying. One of the cups has a 1/8-inch flattened spot under the gold along the scalloped rim. This, too, is most certainly a factory flaw. Any other wear on the gold is truly minimal. I find no other damage to these exquisite sets.
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