These cup and saucer sets show beautiful English workmanship and would make a wonderful display. The main background of the cups and saucers is creamy white. Soft baby blue bands and golden geometrical and floral designs decorate the upper portion of the cups and the rim of the saucers. The inside of the cups are white giving a nice look against the blue rim. . Gold has been applied to the both rims in a dot design. The bases of the cup and around the inner well of the saucer have a gold ring applied. The handle of the cups are cream tying it in with the background of the inside of the cup. There is a one half inch hairline crack on one of the cups and a few have small flakes on the cups rim footing; see pictures for condition. In my opinion, for being over 129 years old they are in excellent condition. There are no major chips; manufacturing anomalies do exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
John Aynsley was very good at forecasting ahead of its time. As soon as he believed that tea drinking got into a habit, he started making tea sets and it made a big hit. In 1861 he moved into Stoke-on-Trent, the best porcelain town in Staffordshire. In the time of John Aynsley who was an owner and a skillful craftsman, Aynsley Company expanded very well by making bone china only. It is said that Queen Victoria liked the designs very much, and so Aynsley was deluged with orders from nobility following royalty. As a result, production went behind. In addition, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and The Prince of Wales have all chosen Aynsley bone china for their homes.
Measures: saucer 5 3/8" cup 2 5/8" H x 3 3/8" w with handle
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