For sale is a lovely teacup and saucer made by Royal Albert of Longton, England. The pattern is known as "Avebury" from the "Summertime Series" which was a set of nine different flowers. The cup measures 2 3/4" tall and 3 7/16" wide at the rim of the cup. The handle measures 3 1/8" at the highest point. The footed base measures 1 13/16" wide. The saucer is 15/16" tall and is 5 3/8" in diameter.
The "Avebury" pattern depicts a thorny thistle plant in full bloom along with the prickly leaves. The flower blossoms are quite detailed and lovely. There is a smaller cluster on the back side of the cup as well as one on the interior for the right handed tea drinker to enjoy. The saucer is decorated with 3 separate clusters of flowers. 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, Summertime Series, Avebury". This cup was made circa 1978 to 1986.
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