This gorgeous large soup plate is in pristine condition. All of the gilding is intact. There are no utensil marks. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. It rings like a bell when tapped.
It was made by E.J. Ridgway at the Bedford Works, Shelton, Stoke-upon-Trent, England between 1860-70. The pattern number is illegible, but should be 2/2281.
The pattern can be found on the excellent Ridgway Patterns website. According to Angela Grant of that website: "It appears that the name was printed using type, but an English set with no "É" so an apostrophe was used instead. The name probably refers to the French Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III."
This large, heavy piece weighs about 1 lb., 12 oz.