Why rare? 1. Because this mark and maker are not listed in Godden's Marks Book. 2. Because the maker is not listed in the exhaustive "Staffordshire Porcelain" book, edited by Geoffrey Godden in 1983. 3. Finally, in 1988, the maker was re-discovered and is included in Godden's "Encyclopaedia of British Porcelain Manufacturers". There, Godden describes the " Handley's Felspar China" mark as rare.
Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks*, no crazing and no repairs. Both pieces ring like a bell when tapped.
The cup is 2-3/4" high at its "London" handle. The saucer is about 5-3/4". * There is a tiny firing crack (done in the making) on the handle.
A cup and saucer in this pattern, (with different cup handle), is illustrated along with the mark on p. 398 in the "Encyclopaedia" mentioned above.
In the caption, the pattern is referred to as "a blue-printed formal Japan pattern, coloured in by hand. c. 1825-30." Handley is described as "one of the better class manufacturers".
The Transferware Collectors Club shows this pattern under the name "Formal Japan", which is how Mr. Godden referred to it. I disagree with that name, as the pattern is in the Chinese style.
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