For sale is a lovely teacup, saucer and bread plate set made by Spode of Stoke-upon-Trent, North Staffordshire, England. The pattern is known as "Darlington" and is an elegant pattern. The actual cup measures 2 5/8" tall and 3 3/8" wide at the rim of the cup. The base of the cup measures 1 1/2" wide. The saucer is approximately 1" tall and is 5 5/8" in diameter.
The "Darlington" pattern consists of a white ware background with a beautiful greenish teal poppy bloom spaced evenly on both the teacup and saucer. There are serrated edges on the leaves and the thin stem hangs heavy from the weight of the bloom. There is a floral and a scallop border trim on the interior and exterior rim of the teacup. This same pattern is on the edge of the saucer and they are both trimmed with gold on the edges of the vessel. The handle is also accented with this gold trim.
Spode has a very lengthy and illustrious in history that dates back to the late 1700's. The founder of the company was Josiah Spode 1 who is credited with an under glazing process on bone china and known for high quality ceramics. His process became the standard for all fine bone china. His longtime friend William Copeland was a business partner and this carried on through many generations of both families. There are archives in the city of Stoke-on-Trent that discuss the lengthy history as there is much to know. There are over 75,000 recorded patterns and over 300 signatures from Spode. They stopped recording patterns in 1998. The Spode name is now owned by the Portmeirion pottery company and they still make some of the patterns.
The teacup and saucer are in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. The pieces are signed Spode Copeland China England in green with the name Darlington in black letters underneath. There is a handwritten Y6569 written in red on both the cup and saucer which means it was made in May. There is also a number underneath that which is illegible. The cup has a black number which looks to be 19 and the saucer has a black 2. This set was made circa 1960's.
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