Royal Worcester Porcelain Company dates back to nearly the dawn of porcelain production in England. In 1862 the company implemented markings on its bone china from which you can determine the dates of the production. The number 51 indicates the founding of Royal Worcester in 1751. The date of production (71) (using this date as an example for 1871) was used under the circle until a new system began in 1867, which was a date letter code system beginning with the uppercase letter "A" for 1867 and ending with a lowercase "a" in 1890. However, there was some overlap of the two dating systems until 1875. In 1891, Royal Worcester changed its company back stamp by adding "Royal Worcester England", to comply with the McKinley Act, the new United States trade law.
These plates are both marked with the lower case "a", dating the plates to 1890. The plates are gorgeous with a lovely botanical motif. The plates are rich in color with ribbed and ruffled edges. The plates have a pie crust shape with the rim having a 1" height. The diameter of each plate is 8 1/2". When the plates are held up to the light they have a beautiful translucent glow. The artist's initials are clear on one of the plates.
The plates are in good condition with one exception. A pin size ding on the backside of the rim on one plate (see photo).
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