The Royal Worcester Porcelain factory was founded in 1751 by Dr. John Ward and a group of local businessmen with a Royal Warrant from King George III. The company celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2001.
Burley and Company was founded in 1884 from the former Burley and Tyrell, who had advertised themselves as the largest importers of china and glassware. I found no information about when they went out of business, but the latest reference I found to them was 1915-1917.
This beautiful set of 4 Royal Worcester cups & saucers are the Diana pattern. The white center of the saucer and footed base of the cup is separated from the cream colored border of the saucer and body of the cup by gold ring and gold encrusted band. The rim of both pieces is decorated with another gold ring and a different wider gold encrusted design. The cup also has a gold band on the foot, gold handle and gold encrusted band on the inter-rim. Both pieces are stamped with the Royal Worcester insignia and crown; "Royal Worcester - Made in England - Diana" and the pattern # 2167. The cups are also stamped "Burley & Co. - Chicago". The saucer measures 5 1/2" across; the cup measures 3 3/4" across the top and 2 3/8" in height. Near mint condition. (3) sets of 4 cups & saucers are available for sale. Also (3) set of 4 dinner plates in this pattern are available in my store.
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