For sale is a lovely teacup and saucer made by Royal Albert of Longton, England. The pattern is known as "Silver Birch" and the cup shape is known as Countess. The cup measures 2 5/8" tall and 3 3/16" wide at the rim of the cup. The handle is approximately the same the same height as the rim of the cup. The footed base measures 1 13/16" wide. The saucer is 15/16" tall and is 5 5/8" in diameter.
The "Silver Birch" displays a summer scene of birch trees and flower gardens adorning the edge of a lake. There are lilies, impatiens and many other stylized flowers blooming along the lake with a plush green lawn. The birch trees have typical beautiful bark that makes them so enchanting. This is a continuous scene on the exterior of the cup. The interior of the cup has a "band" of bark surrounding the top rim to add to the charm. The rim, foot and handle are trimmed with gold as well as the scalloped edge of the saucer. The saucer is decorated in the same fashion as the cup. The outer rim of the saucer is surrounded by the bark decoration with the lake scene in the center.
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, Silver Birch, England". This cup was made circa 1940's.
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