This lovely set of 8 10 1/2" diameter plates were made by Cauldon, England. The center has a beautiful floral design with a white background. The red rims are accented with a gorgeous gold design. The plates are marked Estd 1774 Cauldon China, England. This set is in good condition with no chips or cracks. The plates weigh 12 pounds and 11 ounces before packing.
This is an explanation why some of the Cauldon ware is marked Estd 1774. Cauldon Ltd was in operation from c.1904-1920. The factory Cauldon Works was built in 1802 by Job Ridgway. Therefore the firm Cauldon Ltd or Cauldon Potteries Ltd; or indeed the buildings it occupied was not established in 1774. However, potters were very fond of working back to find the earliest date they possibly could to incorporate in their back stamp. Job Ridgway built the works in 1802 and his father (Ralph Ridgway) was a potter and it is likely that the date 1774 has some connection with Ralph Ridgway. The mark Cauldon China Estd 1774 was used by Cauldon Ltd., which dates from 1904 until 1920.