Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dainty Blue

Dainty Blue
EST After 1966 through the 1970s with the Royal Albert Name, but this pattern was originally released under the Shelley China name in the 1950s, this is one of the few examples of Royal Albert actually keeping the original a name given by another manufacture. That might have been du to the fact that this was a very popular selling Shelley pattern.
The set in this photo is called a “Round TV set ” set in the Royal Albert Catalogs I have, but I have seen this set commonly referred to as a “Snack Set”
To see more of this pattern “D” Patterns Page

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dream Cottages "Winter"

Dream Cottages "Winter"
Original artwork by Peter Riverford in 1983
Series of Four: Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter
To See the Whole Series

Friday, December 7, 2012

Archive Collectable Teas

Archive Collectable Teas
2006 to 2008
What a delight: Archive Collectable Teas are inspired by a pattern book dating back to June 1959. Floral designs such as these enjoyed quite a comeback after the austerity of post war Britain.

Today, the colours have been softened and adapted to suit the modern lifestyle, while the tones have kept in line with the original design, all on the classic 50s Hampton shape.

Designer Alison Beller by commented, "I interpreted each print in a subtle way to create a pretty background and linked it with a pastel shade to form four feminine designs." She added, "I was also delighted to find some very sweet floral sprays of roses, violets, and other country garden flowers and I scaled these down to provide decoration inside the cups and mugs."

The result? Four classics - Parchment, Rose, Lavender, and Apple - each tantalizingly combines Royal Albert's rich heritage with a graceful modern approach. They all come complete with gold mica trim and handle, foot and top edge, as in the original design.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012



1969 to 2001
Beautiful White, Red, and Pink Rose Bouquet
on a bight white bone china
with a brushed gold trim.

To see more of this pattern
“C” Patterns Page on our website!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Meadowcroft – 1994 to 1998 – This delicate blue floral pattern is on a brilliant white bone china with a thin gold trim. This pattern had one of the highest retail prices ever and there was not much of it made, so demand is still very high on on this discontinued pattern!

To see more of this pattern “M” Patterns page

Monday, November 19, 2012


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Friday, November 16, 2012


Tahiti - 1950s
The centerpiece of this pattern is the
Stunning Large Red Rose and
small red rose bud, on a black rose vine.
This beautiful pattern is on a bright white background
with a thin gold trim and black ascents. 
This pattern would simply gorgeous on a
Christmas table with freash Roses and Poinsettias!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Photo’s do not do this Beautiful Cobalt Blue Rose pattern.
An elegant Blue Rose Garland circles this pattern on a bright white background with a thin gold trim. You could mix this pattern with a solid white pattern for an even more regal look!
This pattern was out some time in the late 1960s to 1970s.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

“Tranquil Garden”

“Tranquil Garden”
To Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Old Country Roses
Artist: Fred Errill
Made in England 1992
Beautiful Country Cottage Scene with Bouquets of
Old Country Roses

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Celebration of the Old Country Roses - 1986

A Celebration of the Old Country Roses - 1986 - A Beautiful Garden Scene Highlighted with bouquets of Roses from the Old Country Roses Design!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Holiday Ornaments!!

It’s almost Christmas time!!
This year Royal Albert has come out with some beautiful New sets of Ornaments.
You can get a set of Ornaments in each of the New patterns for 2012:
New Country Roses, Polka Blue and Rose Confetti.

There is also a set of 3 ornaments from the 100 years of Royal Royal Collection,
1930s Polka Blue.

Several of the popular Old Country Roses Ornaments from 2011 are still available this year as well!
So will you have Royal Albert Decorated Christmas Tree? How Beautiful!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Collector's Story

Check out this Old Country Roses Wedding Cake!!!
What a great idea!!

Has any one else had a Royal Albert Wedding??


Monday, October 15, 2012

100 Years of Royal Albert - Sales Brochure

A One-of-a-Kind Collection
The 100 Years of Royal Albert Collection includes 10 distinctive patterns that pay tribute to the Royal Albert brand's vitality, longevity and rich design history. Through classic shapes and delicate floral designs, the collection is inspired by previous Royal Albert patterns and designs taken from the Royal Albert Archive Pattern Books. The result is an eclectic, inspired and truly unique collection that captures the true historical design statements and trends from the 10 decades of the 20th century.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Royal Albert From England With Love

Royal Albert Ad from
Canadian Living Magazine November 1990 
 Old Country Roses, Lavender Rose, Moss Ross and Tranquility

Friday, September 28, 2012

Old Country Roses

When it comes to Royal Albert designers, Harold Holdcroft was probably the most famous of all. He epitomised the team’s passion for flowers.
Harold Holdcroft designed Old Country Roses. Taking both rich and soft colours, he combined lush deep red roses with the warmth from the tea roses, alongside the delicacy of blush pink, all softened by a wash of green. And he completed the winning design with rich gold stipple and a burnished gold rim. This classic pattern emphasises the full bodied and curvaceous fluted Montrose tableware shape

Harold Holdcroft
 Since its launch in 1962, over one hundred million pieces of Old Country Roses have been sold
worldwide - more than any other bone china tableware pattern.
It’s an exemplary range that includes dinner, tea, and coffee ware as well as an extensive selection of giftware in a variety of decorative treatments including chintz. In addition, the design has been licensed for use throughout the home as linen, fabrics and other soft furnishings, true to Royal Albert’s lifestyle approach

Monday, September 24, 2012

For Sale By Owner

Have some Royal Albert China
you want to sell??
We are selling Ad Space for $3.00 per Ad

The ad will remain up for 1 year, the ad comes with 2 photo’s,
Extra photo's can be added for 25 cents each
Email with the text for the ad and the photo’s,
Then we send you an invoice through PayPal
Ads are posted with in 72 hours of payment received!
We also post links to our “For Sale by Owner” page on our
Facebook and Twitter pages letting our viewers know we have posted a new ad!

Please E-mail
For more information!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Afternoon Tea Party

History of the Afternoon Tea Party
While drinking tea as a fashionable event is credited to Catharine of Braganza, the actual taking of tea in the afternoon developed into a new social event some time in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s. Jane Austen hints of afternoon tea as early as 1804 in an unfinished novel. It is said that the afternoon tea tradition was established by Anne, Duchess of Bedford. She requested that light sandwiches be brought to her in the late afternoon because she had a “sinking feeling” during that time because of the long gap between meals. She began to invite others to join her and thus became the tradition.

Various Tea Times
  • Cream Tea — A simple tea consisting of scones, clotted cream, marmalade or lemon curd and tea.
  • Low Tea/Afternoon Tea — An afternoon meal including sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, curd, 2-3 sweets and tea. Known as “low tea” because guests were seated in low armchairs with low side-tables on which to place their cups and saucers.
  • Elevensies — Morning coffee hour in England
  • Royale Tea — A social tea served with champagne at the beginning or sherry at the end of the tea.
  • High Tea — High tea co notates an idea of elegancy and regal-ness when in fact is was an evening meal most often enjoyed around 6 pm as laborers and miners returned home. High tea consists of meat and potatoes as well as other foods and tea. It was not exclusively a working class meal but was adopted by all social groups. Families with servants often took high tea on Sundays in order to allow the maids and butlers time to go to church and not worry about cooking an evening meal for the family.
Etiquette when attending a tea party
  • Greeting/handshake
  • After sitting down — put purse on lap or behind you against chair back
  • Napkin placement — unfold napkin on your lap, if you must leave temporarily place napkin on chair.
  • Sugar/lemon — sugar is placed in cup first, then thinly sliced lemon and never milk and lemon together. Milk goes in after tea — much debate over it, but according to Washington School of Protocol, milk goes in last. The habit of putting milk in tea came from the French. “To put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry.” (Tea superstition)
  • The correct order when eating on a tea tray is to eat savories first, scones next and sweets last. We have changed our order somewhat. We like guests to eat the scones first while they are hot, then move to savories, then sweets.
  • Scones — split horizontally with knife, curd and cream is placed on plate. Use the knife to put cream/curd on each bite. Eat with fingers neatly.
  • Proper placement of spoon — the spoon always goes behind cup, also don’t leave the spoon in the cup.
  • Proper holding of cup — do not put your pinky “up”, this is not correct. A guest should look into the teacup when drinking — never over it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tea Etiquette

In order for one not to spill the hot liquid onto oneself, the proper way to hold the vessel of a cup with no handle is to place one’s thumb at the six o'clock position and one’s index and middle fingers at the twelve o'clock position, while gently raising one’s pinkie up for balance.
Tea cups with a handle are held by placing one’s fingers to the front and back of the handle with one’s pinkie up again allows balance.
Pinkie up does mean straight up in the air, but slightly tilted. It is not an affectation, but a graceful way to avoid spills.
 Never loop your fingers through the handle, nor grasp the vessel bowl with the palm of your hand.

Do not stir your tea, with your tea spoon, in sweeping circular motions.
Place your tea spoon at the six o'clock position and softly fold the liquid towards the twelve o'clock position two or three times.
Never leave your tea spoon in your tea cup.
When not in use, place your tea spoon on the right side of the tea saucer.
Never wave or hold your tea cup in the air.
When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer.
If you are at a buffet tea hold the tea saucer in your lap with your left hand and hold the tea cup in your right hand.
When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer and hold in your lap. 
The only time a saucer is raised together with the teacup is when one is at a standing reception.
Milk is served with tea, not cream. Cream is too heavy and masks the taste of the tea. Although some pour their milk in the cup first, it is probably better to pour the milk in the tea after it is in the cup in order to get the correct amount.
When serving lemon with tea, lemon slices are preferable, not wedges. Either provide a small fork or lemon fork for your guests, or have the tea server can neatly place a slice in the tea cup after the tea has been poured. Be sure never to add lemon with milk since the lemon's citric acid will cause the proteins in the milk to curdle.

Old Country Roses

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Selling your China

There is a wide range of prices for china.
On-line auction sites such as
eBay have changed the market prices greatly.
China is not worth as much as it was before as so many discontinued patterns have become so easy to get!

For example, if you are trying to sell Old Country Roses, Memory Lane , Lavender Rose, or Val’s all about “price” as there is so much of it for sale!!!

There are a few sites you can look at to compare pricing: , , , ,

I would look at what the completed auctions actually sold for,  not what the bidding started at.  Bidding always starts lower to attract more bidders.
If you see that no one is bidding, then the price is too high!
It’s always a gamble with on line Auctions, sometimes you can do very well with a piece and then the next time no one bids on it!

If you can’t find any thing to compare your pattern too, try looking at what similar pieces sell for. For an example if you have an un-named teapot...the look at what other teapot’s in your size are selling for.  Un-named patterns usually sell for less then Named ones.

Some of the most Rare pieces are the sets with Butterfly handles! Most of those sell for over $100.00 as set!

You may want to look at selling your pieces individually.
The serving pieces will sell better by themselves and for more money. If you have a piece that’s hard to find, even in a popular pattern, it may be a fast seller!

Never split up a teacup and Saucer “set”.
Don’t mix match...if you don’t have the correct match then sell them separately.
The only time I would think about selling a set together is if you had an entire series of something, like if you had all six of the “Garden Party Series”
But if you don’t have then entire Series I would sell them separately.

Some very important things to Keep in Mind: 
1. Most people now days are looking for replacement pieces, not full sets.
2. Most people are also only looking for pieces in “Excellent” or “Good” condition, if it’s not then it’s got to have a good price on it!
3. If it’s a “Second” or not ”Made in England” then make sure you put that in your description. For some collectors this is very important!
4. Always include a photo of the backstamp then the buyers will know exactly what they are purchasing.
5. If a pattern does not have a name, then don’t give it one! You can say it looks similar to a named pattern.
6. If your pattern isn’t named, then write a very good description!!

Good Luck Selling!!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

“New” vs. “Un-Used” vs. “Excellent Condition” Terms Seller’s use when selling China

Here’s another Big Debate! I have had so many emails about this subject!
So I have talked with both the Manufacture’s and Retailers and this is the industry standard:

“New” – Never Before Purchased or Not Previously Owned. Currently in Production, in original packaging, purchased from the Manufacturer through retail or 3rd party distribution. **If the china did not come directly from the manufacturer or 3rd party distribution it’s not “New”

“New, Discontinued” – Not in Current Production, Never Before Purchased or Not Previously Owned. In original packaging purchased from the Manufacturer through retail or 3rd party distribution, usually sold on Clearance. **If the china did not come directly from the manufacturer or 3rd party distribution it’s not “New”

“Un-Used” "Never Used" - In original packaging, has never been washed or removed from Original packaging, ***If you are not the original owner, then there is no way to know if the china has “never been used”

“Excellent Condition” – No Visible Usage marks. No chips, no scratches, or cracks, no loss of trim or discoloration to pattern, may have been washed.
Most of the time this is china that was “displayed only”

"Good Condition” - Some Usage, Minimal usage marks. No chips or cracks and no loss of trim or discoloration to pattern.
***Most china fits in this category***

Fair Condition” – Visible Usage, some surface scratches, loss of trim, fading of pattern or colors, some stains.

“Poor Condition” - Damaged, cracked, chipped, no trim

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Royal Albert "Harebell" Pattern

Royal Albert "Harebell"

Harebell, often called “bluebell”, is a flower found around the world in the Northern Hemisphere but most often, associated with Scotland. Harebell has many common names including bellflower, lady's thimble, witch's thimble, heathbells, fairies’ thimbles, and dead men’s bells. Harebell was formerly used in the manufacture of blue dye for tartans and is the symbol of the MacDonald clan.

This pattern has both Blue and Pink Harebells
This a beautiful Trio
Hampton Shaped Bread and Butter Plate
Countes Shaped Teacup and Saucer

Hampton Shaped Teapot with a Blue top Lid.
8" Salad Plate

1930s backstamp 1940s Backstamp

Monday, July 16, 2012

Royal Albert History

The enamel kilnsat the Royal Albert Works photo taken around 1913
The Thomas C Wild - Royal Albert Factory
Thomas C Wild
Some Decorators busy woring on Well Known Royal Albert Patterns

Passionate About Florals

Romantic. Exuberant. Beautiful. Feminine. Floral. These are just some of the descriptions collectors worldwide apply to their favourite brand of bone china tableware and giftware – Royal Albert.
It’s a brand that’s inspired by the English country garden and the national flower, the rose. This quintessential English grace, elegance, and romance accounts for Royal Albert’s timeless popularity in tableware. And the result? A touch of class for modern lifestyles that effectively fuses indulgent floral motifs with shabby chic feel. With Royal Albert you have the best of the classic and contemporary worlds.
The story of Royal Albert stretches back over one hundred years to a small pottery business established by Thomas Wild in 1896, in Longton - one of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent,  “The Potteries”. This household name began as a family business. For it was the ability and work of Thomas and his sons – Fred and Tom (Thomas Clark or TC) – that made the company famous for bone china tea and breakfast sets.
The tribute paid to Fred Wild at his death in 1961 could equally apply to all of the others, “Much of the success of Royal Albert is a direct result of Fred's courage, foresight and enterprise”.

Royal Pedigree for Royal Albert

To own a piece of Royal Albert is to have a piece of history in your hands. For this household name had links with the royal household from the start, after Prince Albert who became King George VI in 1936. China produced at the factory was therefore initially branded as Albert Crown China. 'Royal' was added in 1904. But it soon became known familiarly as 'Royal Albert'…
Many early shapes were fluted, and included floral motifs and rich patterns in shades of red, green and blue in the style of popular Japanese Imari patterns. Above all, Royal Albert's early success was linked to an uncanny ability to cater for all tastes - from the modest to the most expensive. What’s more, the first Royal commemoratives were produced as early as 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. So, Royal Albert has always offered style that goes beyond the tabletop per se.
A flexible and progressive approach to products and manufacturing drove UK and, ultimately, international success for Royal Albert. In around 1910 the first overseas agency was established in New Zealand, and this was quickly followed by exports to Australia, Canada, and the USA. Moreover, TC eagerly embraced new technology and incorporated new processes for continuous improvement - Royal Albert was one of the very first in its field to install kilns fired by gas and electricity.
Yet it was Royal Albert’s designers who developed its distinctively English, globally popular, style. It was they who combined the fineness, whiteness and purity of the bone china ceramic body with sensual and informal rococo shapes and floral designs. The English fondness for cottage gardens and shady woods naturally inspired thousands of designs - motifs which have been adapted and updated through period fashions, such as 1920s vivid Art Deco floral patterns. It’s proved a winning tableware formula – inspired by Victorian chintz, Lady Carlyle has proved a popular success for over 50 years. History Page

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to pack your China

How to pack your China

Packing your Plates:
  1. Prepare a box and put a layer of wadded newsprint paper or peanuts in the bottom of the box for cushion.
  2. Wrap each plate and then bundle three or four together. Stand on end in the box. Never lay flat. Take another bundle, same size plates, and place near the other bundle. Fill sides with peanuts or newsprint. Use large items on bottom layer and place layer of bubble wrap in between layers. Place wadded newsprint or peanuts between each layer as cushioning between each layer.
  3. Tape shut the box and mark "Fragile – China."
Packing your glasses and teacups:

  1. Wrap each piece of  glassware or teacups in piece of Bubble Wrap or 2 sheets of packing paper and tape it. You may use blank newsprint paper instead of bubble wrap.
  2. If you will pack the glasses and cups in one box then skip to step (3.) If you will pack them with other items you should place them on top.
  3. Prepare a box and put a layer of wadded newsprint paper or peanuts on the bottom of the box for cushion.
  4. Place wrapped cups or glasses on upright position as if you were placing them on the table.
  5. Place a layer of cardboard and another layer of packing material on top and the sides. Fill sides with peanuts or newsprint. You may also use dividers between cups and glasses (ask your mover for availability of product).
  6. Keep layering until you've reached the top. Taper shut the box and mark "Fragile – China/Crystal".

Monday, July 2, 2012

Royal Albert Display Signs

Royal Albert Crown China Sign - 1920s to 1930s
Royal Albert Crown China Sign - 1920s to 1930s - Backstamp

Royal Albert Bone China Sign - 1940s
Royal Albert Bone China Sign - 1940s  - Backstamp

Royal Albert Bone China Sign - 1950s
Royal Albert  Englsih Bone China Sign - 1970s

Royal Albert  China Sign - 1980s to 1990s

Royal Albert China Sign - 1990s
Royal Albert  China Sign - After 2002

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"June Delight"

Beautiful  "June Delight"
with Red and Yellow Roses.
 This 1960s pattern would look great on any table,
great for a summer afternoon tea!