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17-Piece Blue and White Water Hen Staffordshire Childâs Tea Set c 1885

17-Piece Blue and White Water Hen Staffordshire Child’s Tea Set c 1885

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Pottery: Pre 1900: Item # 1380630

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Aesthetic movement design of castles, flowers and birds round out this fun idyllic child’s tea set from the late Victorian era.

The nice bright blue transfer design is of a water hen or coot at a pond surrounded by flowers, lily pads and grasses, with a pair of swallows flying overhead and a floating scene of a castle by a lake edge. The pieces are decorated and edged with a zigzag design.

The pieces were made from a soft paste ceramic with a thin off white glaze that has a fine crackle. The glaze feels smooth and shines nicely. The set include six dessert plates, four tea saucers, three tea cups, one creamer, one larger serving bowl and one sugar bowl and lid. They are diminutive and were intended for a child to use for play.

The plates and saucers have a blue transfer mark of a belt with the words WATER HEN on it. There is the number 754 in the center of the belt circle. This is the same number on all of the plates and saucers.

dessert plate - 5 7/16” diameter x 9/16” tall
tea saucer – 4 ½” diameter x 7/8” tall
tea cup – 2 ½” diameter x 2 1/16” tall
creamer – 4” long x 2 ¼” wide x 2 ¼” tall
serving bowl – 4 ¼” diameter x 2 9/16” tall
sugar bowl and lid – 5 1/8” long x 2 5/8” wide x 3 7/8” tall
Total Weight 3 lb 8.3 oz (1.595 kg)

The set is in very good condition and doesn't appear to have been used at all. One tea saucer has a very tiny rim chip and one teacup has a rim chip There are a few rough spots on the inside mouth of the sugar bowl either from manufacture (thinness of the ceramic flange) or from the lid rubbing. There are no hairline cracks or even wear. The set is in very good shape with no scratches. There are some small smudges in the transfer here and there made during manufacture. These don't detract and the set shows off very well.

A rare and lovely Aesthetic movement child’s tea set from late Victorian England that is in wonderful condition.