For sale is a lovely teacup and saucer made by Royal Albert of Longton, England. The pattern is known as "Queen's Messenger" and is a demitasse size. The cup measures 2 5/8" tall and 2 1/4" wide at the rim of the cup. The handle measures 2 7/8" at the highest point. The footed base measures 1 1/2" wide. The saucer is 11/16" tall and is 4 7/8" in diameter.
The "Queen's Messenger" pattern depicts a white to blush open rose in full bloom on a thorny stem with detailed leaves. White roses are associated with purity and loyalty and is one of the oldest varieties of the flower. There are a few unopened buds and the pattern on the back side of the cup is a smaller version of the front. The cup is accented with 24k gold on the rim, foot and handle. The saucer is decorated with the same rose blossom and displays nicely. The shape of the cup is known as a Hampton shaped demitasse.
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, "Queens Messenger", England. This cup was made circa 1960's.
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