Saturday, 15 October 2011
I have four of these beautiful plates. My grandmother was born in 1897 and these plates were a wedding present to her great, great grandmother. I have no idea of that time but am guessing with those "greats" that it easily could be in the 1830s. The flowers are beautifully done. There was also a set of lovely bread and butter plates which belonged to the Cox family who made the road over the Blue Mountains in 1813. I think my brother got those. There are no markings on any of the plates so I can't identify them as I have no expertise in that sort of thing at all.
The three handled cup in the foreground is a different matter. The colours are rich and sumptuous. When I tried to research more into them a few years ago, I could find mentions of English auctions, but very little more.
There's more information around now and I found a picture of an identical cup. It's made by Royal Crown Derby at their Omaston Road works. These works are still in operation. There's a clear marking on the cup and I found a page of dating marks with a bit of searching. This cup was made in 1911.
Unpacking and clearing up has taken quite a while and I still have stuff to sort. I found my primary school reports. I was a sickly child and regularly had much time off and time in hospital. I remember being sick but was surprised to see that practically every year, I was absent for 12-14 weeks of school. That was the equivalent of a term then. There were three terms/year. Still at the top of the class. When I taught, classes were bigger than now. Classes in my primary school however, had between 46-48 pupils. I noted that in third class, the comment on my English compositions was "original and entertaining." I really wonder what I wrote! Perhaps I found another conclusion to "we arrived home, tired but happy." LOL