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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A True English Rose....


In almost every English town or city there is at least one open-air or permanent market site.
Typically, stall-holders purveying everything from fine china, and linens, to fresh produce and a virtual plethora of food items.

In earlier times , the towns set aside one day for "Market Day" where buyers and sellers peddled their wares, very often incorporating livestock sales also.

The First Sergeant loved these markets, most every week, he would rummage around, and inevitably bring home a knick-knack or two.
It was at the Warrington Market where we first laid eyes on the Royal Albert, Old Country Rose china.
Exquisitely beautiful, so fine a bone china , one could hold it up to the light and see right through. A dinnerware so timeless, it has become the world's most recognized, and celebrated pattern.
Designed by Harold Holdcroft in 1962, Old Country Roses fine bone china dinnerware was inspired by a typical English country garden with flowers in bloom.


Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to finally own a service for eight of this beautiful pattern, a table fitting for a queen...

19 comments:

Amy said...

How pretty!! I made me remember how my mom used to go to flea markets and antique shops looking for prize pieces of glass and china. She love tea sets. It is great to have them and know the history behind them as well!

Pastor Sharon said...

I do love this set!

Jill of All Trades said...

Beautiful.

Gaston Studio said...

The exact same set my mom had and I always loved it; too bad it went to one of my sisters!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

My mother had these dishes, my sister who had added much to mother's set got them when she passed. :(

steve the plumber said...

What a nice crockery set, my mum had a set in her house.

Since shes had builders working on her house they have been packed safely away whilst her new kitchen is fitted

DJan said...

I also have held fine china up to the light and looked through it. Although I don't have much use for this kind of thing any more, I can appreciate it for its beauty even if I don't use it.

Sunny said...

One must always lift their pinky while drinking from Royal Albert.
A timeless china pattern, so lovely.
Sunny :)

Snapper II said...

Beautiful China.
Thanks for sharing.

Deanna said...

Hello from Homehaven.
Lovely dishes...
absolutely beautiful!!!!!
blessings,
d

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful china, Jo... As much as I love roses, I'm sure I'd love that pattern.

Hugs,
Betsy

donna baker said...

Jo, Birdie loves your chintz as do I. She started talking as I scrolled down and watched the screen.

bennie and patsy said...

This is my set of dishs but I don't have the tea pot. I never got around to finishing the set to go with the jam and creamer and sugar. So you come on over with your tea pot and we will have tea.
Patsy

jeannette stgermain said...

Beautiful! England is known for their beautiful tea sets in bone china. Happy for you that your First Sergeant found it, and he was able to purchase it!

Andora said...

Those are beautiful..I just love that pattern..

Wanda said...

Your china is beautiful Jo and I love the way you have displayed them.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

My grandma had a set of this, it is gorgeous Jo.

Miss Daisy said...

Lucky you! How divine to own such lovely china! Can I come over for tea?

The Retired One said...

Love the vibrant rose pattern...I have a set of china with tiny roses on it too. So dainty and lovely!