Reflecting the moors of England, Royal Albert Bone China produced this Heather Bell Blue Teacup and Saucer in the Malvern Shape. Both the teacup and matching saucer are ringed with delicate gray vines adorned with clusters of tiny, blue, bell-shaped flowers that seem to wave in the breeze. Each flower cluster is backed with pale yellow. The scalloped rims of both pieces are decorated with brushed gold, and the handle and foot of the cup are also gold-lined.
The teacup is 2-5/8 inches tall, 3-1/8 inches to the top of the handle. It is 3-1/2 inches in diameter at the top, and stands on a 1-7/8 inch foot. The matching scalloped saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
Made by Royal Albert China circa the 1940s, the back stamp is a gray Crown Mark with “Royal Albert” arched above a rounded crown flanked by the words, “Bone China” followed by “England" and the pattern name “Heather Bell.” The pattern number 2790 W is also handwritten in blue on the bottom of the cup.
There is a smudge of purple-pink near the blossom to the left of the handle that appears to be under the glaze. Since this pattern was also issued in pink, this may have been an error in the glazing process. Other than negligible minor wear on the gold rim consistent with use, there are no other condition issues.
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