During the Victorian era of elegance, many European companies produced porcelain for the American market. Many times the blanks were not marked by the manufacturer, which makes it nearly impossible identify the maker but in no way detracts from its beauty or quality. The ever popular "Moss Rose" was a huge success for numerous companies for many years. including the present.
This lovely luncheon or dessert service, circa 1880's, consists of 24 pieces. The individual pieces feature borders in medium pink with pink highlights on the coffee, sugar and creamer, which are very similar in shape to the "Cable" pattern produced by Haviland & Co. The two serving plates have an embossed looped rope design on either side of the plates. The moss rose decoration consists of single or double partially open buds in vivid pink with blue-gray and brown shaded leaves with contrasting stems. Surrounding the rose buds are clumps of moss in light-to-medium green and brown with trailing blue-gray moss on some items.
The service consists of the following items: coffee pot w/lid, 8 3/4" in height; covered sugar, 7" in height; creamer, 5 3/4" in height; 2 serving plates, 9 1/2" across; waste bowl, used for dregs of tea leaves and lemon, 6" across and 3" in depth; 4 luncheon/dessert plates, 7 3/8" across; 6 cups w/saucers, saucers, 5 3/8" across and cups 3" across and 2 1/2" in depth. This wonderful set is in excellent condition with a few minor issues; 2 of the luncheon/dessert plates each have a small rim flake, one cup has a tiny rim nick and three others each have a small tight hairline or interior crows-foot fracture. These are all minor, difficult to discover and do not affect beauty or ability to use. A truly lovely early moss rose service.