This is an English tea set consisting of a teapot, sugar, cream pitcher and 9 demitasse cups and saucers. There is one extra saucer, for a total of 10 saucers. The maker is Pointon & Co, Ltd, of Norfolk St. Works, Hanley, and one of the Staffordshire Potteries. The material is fine china, or hard paste porcelain, exquisite and dainty, and you can see your fingers through the porcelain when holding a cup. The date is circa 1891 to 1916.
The teapot is 4 ½” high to the top of the finial and 8 ¾” wide from spout-to-handle. The sugar is an open bowl and it is 2” by 3 ½”. The creamer, or cream pitcher, is 3 ½” by 3”. The cups are 2 3/8” by 2 3/8”. The saucers are 4 ¾”.
There are a lot of flowers on this set. Typically, when one piece does not look like another piece with respect to the decoration, in other words the pieces are not decorated identically, it means the set is hand painted. Honestly, I cannot tell if the decoration is one of a lot of different transfers applied randomly, or if the set is hand painted. If it is important to you that the flowers are hand painted rather than a transfer, then zoom in on the photos and examine the detail.
Each piece is lobed in swirls. The rims are brushed in gold. There are lines of gold trim on the handles, spout and finial.
There is one small nick on the edge of the cream pitcher that I show in one photo. The underside rim of the teapot lid has a glaze skip line. There are no other chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
Most of the pieces have a printed mark of Pointons England. Additionally, there is a handwritten mark in red of T 341 X. The red mark probably indicates an artist, perhaps whomever did the coloring, or perhaps it is the mark of the gilder.