Aynsley China is synonymous with high-quality, strong, brilliantly white bone china. It has been produced since the 1800s by a family business that started as one man's pottery hobby. Today it is one of the most sought-after antique china.
John Aynsley started his business in Longton. He used the local clay and his own engravings to create his work. Aynsley's reputation grew and he became a master potter. His son, James, successfully maintained the business. When James' son, John Aynsley II, took over the manufacturing, he introduced a new process. He added 50 percent calcified bone ash to the porcelain, creating "bone china" that was stronger and whiter. The new process required a new factory, so Portland Works was built in Stoke-on-Trent. The factory he built in 1861 is still producing the same fine bone china.
This lovely set of cups and saucers, circa 1920, are plain white bone china with narrow gold bands and handle treatment with a gold encrusted edge on the cup and saucer. The pattern is a single four-leaf design separated by five raised vertical bars; simple, yet so elegant. The saucer measures 5 3/4" across; the cups are 2" in depth and 4" across the top. Each piece is stamped in green "Aynsley" over a Crown, over "England", a mark used from 1905-1925. The saucers are also marked "4062". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. An extra cup will be included.