This fabulous 8" plate was part of a breakfast service. I have for sale here a matching egg cup and a single coffee cup which were part of the set.
This pattern, number 862 is painted on the back in green. The pattern (and corresponding pattern number) is shown on page 139 in the book, "Machin Porcelains and Earthenwares", by Bill Thom and Philip Miller.
It is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. It rings when tapped.
In the early 19th century Joseph Machin and Company were one of the principal manufacturers of china and earthenware rivaling makers such as Wedgwood, Spode and Minton. However, due to the bankruptcy of the Stoke-based factory in the late 1830s the name disappeared from public knowledge. Their wares have always been popular with collectors but were often wrongly cataloged as being by those makes whose names have survived.