Royal Doulton England Somerset pattern vintage fine china, 9 pieces including 1 footed coffee or tea cup, 2 saucers, 2 dinner plates, 2 salad plates, and 2 bread and butter plates. This is a wonderful vibrant colorful pattern with gorgeous flower vase urns, and grapes and other fruits, in cameo type ovals around the edge, with a pale ivory/white background. I would call the beautiful border color green/blue, or to me it looks close to a turquoise color? The pattern name, “Somerset”, and pattern number “V1897”, along with the Royal Doulton, made in England, lion and crown mark are on the back of each piece.
Most of the pieces also have an impressed number mark which varies from plate to plate, and which I am guessing may be a date (?), such as "1-1-38", and "2-8-37", and "3-11-37", and others. I have included close-up photographs of a couple of examples of the manufacturer’s marks for you.
The 2 lovely dinner plates measure about 10 5/8” across. The 2 salad plates measure about 8 ¼” across. The 2 bread and butter plates measure about 6 1/4” across. The 2 saucers measure about 6” across. The 1 footed coffee cup measures about 4 ¾” across the top, including the handle, and stands about 2 ½” tall.
These charming vintage dinnerware pieces are in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. Pieces will have from zero to a very minor almost invisible amount of shelf wear and/or manufacturing tiny glaze pops on the bottom edge of a few pieces – see example photo. There is from zero to a little bit of insignificant amount of normal wear on the lovely blue/green painted trim. I see a tiny thin line dark mark (under the glaze?) on the ivory colored side of the coffee cup (photo), and a similar tiny dark mark in the center of one saucer. On one of the 6 ¼” bread/butter plates, if I turn it carefully in certain angles of the light I see a small factory made oval impression that is not a chip, and is under the glaze. You will have trouble finding it, by sight or by touch, but I will mention it (not possible to photograph –it would not show up). There will be from zero to a few minor utensil marks or scratches that you would expect in pieces that were lovingly used over the years.
The plate stand is for illustration only, and is not included with this item.
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