This charming little tea set was made by Crown Staffordshire around the middle of the 20th Century. It is the earlier version that was first made in the 1940's and is distinguished from the later versions by the lovely turquoise blue trim and the shape of the tea (coffee) pot.
Made of bone china and decorated with small bouquets of multi-colored posies on a snow-white field and trimmed in gold. The outlines are transfers and the color was added by hand. All pieces are marked with the green over-glaze Crown mark and various hand painted numbers and artist's marks.
The coffee pot with lid measures 1 3/4" tall, pitcher is 1 1/4" tall, creamer and sugar are both 1" tall and the lid adds another 3/8" to the sugar bowl. Saucers are 1 1/4" in diameter and cups are just under 1" in diameter. Amoeba shaped tray is 5 3/4" by 4 1/4" (see below).
This set is very cute but not perfect and with some idiosyncrasies:
The porcelain tray did not come with the set and was made in the Limoges region of France by J. Pouyat and hand painted, signed and dated by "EBD" in 1904. It is a nice match to the design of the tea set but predates it by 40 years or so.
The milk or water pitcher did not come with this set originally although it has the same pattern.
One cup and one saucer are broken and have a rather poor repair.
There is a faint spot on the top of the coffee pot (see close-up) that is not a chip but cannot be removed so we assume that it is under the final shiny glaze. Also tiny flecks of the orange transfer here and there, most notably on the sugar bowl.
Very minimal light crazing on the lids.
An adorable set and we hope that the inclusion of the tray and milk pitcher will compensate for the less than perfect condition.
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