This set nearly duplicates a Caughley pattern made about 1790, but the shape of the handle is definitely Spode, and in fact it is marked Spode. The large gilt dots are arranged in a slightly different way than the dots in the Caughley factory’s very similar pattern, and in my opinion much more attractively, arranging the dots in radiating spirals coming out from the center. This effect is particularly notable on the saucer. There is no pattern number on the bottom, and this sometimes indicates that Spode was asked by a customer to make some new pieces to replace the broken pieces of an existing tea set, in this case a Caughley set. It could also be Spode’s own pattern. As a matter of fact, this set was part of a large Caughley set that I acquired, so I lean toward the conclusion that Spode made it for a customer to replace some broken pieces from the Caughley set, which had been made c.1790. Excellent condition, apart from slight gilding wear on the side of the cup.

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Spode Gilded Coffee Can and Saucer in a Caughley Pattern, C.1815


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