For sale is a lovely teacup and saucer made by Royal Albert of Longton, England. The pattern is known as "Violets" from a series of 12 different flowers attributed to each month of the year. The cup measures 2 3/4" tall and 3 1/2" wide at the rim of the cup. The handle measures approximately 3 1/8" at the highest point. The footed base measures 1 13/16" wide. The saucer is approximately 15/16" tall and is 5 1/2" in diameter.
The "Violets" pattern depicts clusters of these lovely flowers in bloom on stems with leaves and trailing buds. The pattern is in several small bouquets or clusters adorning both the cup and saucer. The interior of the cup has a garland of flowers for the right handed tea drinker to enjoy. There is a leaf pattern encircling the edge of the saucer and interior of the cup. This "Violets" pattern is part of a series of "Flower of the Month" series and this pattern is for February which is also on the interior of the cup. The shape of the cup is known as a Montrose shape. The rim, foot and handle are trimmed with gold as well as the scalloped edge of the saucer.
Royal Albert has a history and reputation for being able to cater to people from all walks of life, from modest to the most exquisite taste. Many of their early wares were commemorative to the Royal family. The founder, Thomas Wild, had a love for flowers which inspired many of the patterns.
The teacup and saucer are in excellent condition as there are no cracks, chips, nicks or dings. The pieces are signed "Royal Albert, Bone China, England, Flower of the Month Series, Violets, 1970 Royal Albert Ltd".
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