Thomas Wood & Co., Wedgwood and Queens Street Potteries, Burslem, Staffordshire Potteries, was organized and operated from 1885-1896. It then became Thomas Wood & Sons from 1896-1897. . The set depicts a little girl named May or Mae standing in front of farmhouse wearing a dress, a floppy hat, and an apron. She is holding up the front of her apron which appears to be filled with eggs. A wonderful scene of country life. Upon close examination you see one of May's socks is falling down and she has a subtle smile on her face. The central image is framed by an aesthetic background of flowers and a floral and leaf border.
The set was made by Thomas Wood & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England, circa mid 1890's. The pattern name is "MAY". The plates and saucers are marked with the pattern name and pattern number 753 in a belt-shaped cartouche, the tea pot is marked "Staffordshire - England", the remaining pieces are unmarked. The influence of the Aesthetic movement on the pattern design captures the Victorian love of nature. This May pattern has been found in red, blue and brown transfer and was also produced by the Allerton & Sons Pottery.
The tea pot measures 5 1/4" in height; sugar is 4 1/2" in height; creamer is 3 1/4" in height; plates measure 5 1/4" across; saucers are 4 1/2" across and the cups measure 2" in height and 2 1/2" across. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint for a set that is one hundred twenty years old and must have been played with very seldom if ever. Best and most complete set I have seen. You will love and cherish it for years to come.