This elegant tea cup and saucer set was made by Davenport of Longport, Staffordshire between 1830-1850. It is hand painted with cobalt blue grape leaves, touches of yellow, and lots of gilding.
The cup is 3" high to the top of the high ring handle. The saucer's diameter is 5". Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing, and no repairs. Each piece rings when tapped.
According to Geoffrey Godden, the brown mark on both pieces should date pre-1830, because after 1830 the mark used was blue. Despite this, the pattern number of 2556 would seem to indicate c.1850, according to John Twitchett, writing the Davenport chapter for "Staffordshire Porcelain".
Both cup and saucer are marked with Godden's #1191 in brown, and the pattern number 2556 hand painted in yellow-brown.