In 1883 two brothers, Alfred and Frederick Johnson, purchased a defunct pottery known as Charles Street Works in Hanley, England. By the end of the 1890's Johnson Brothers may have been the largest earthenware manufacturer in the world. The "Mongolia" Flow Blue China pattern, circa 1890 - 1910, reflects the oriental influence of the period, with a central motif of peacocks in a beautiful oriental garden and borders of floral and geometric designs. The shape is a plain smooth rim. These luncheon plates are 8 3/4" across. Five of the plates have no cracks, chips or repairs; two of the plates each have a 3/16" - 1/4" under-rim chip that is slightly noticeable from the top. There is slight utensil marks on pieces do to age and usage. They are each stamped "Mongolia - Crown Mark - Johnson Bros. - England". A beautiful and rare Flow Blue pattern.