Thursday, 6 November 2014


Berkshire was one of the classic Royal Doulton ranges of tableware and many people were disappointed when its production ceased many years ago. It has now become quite difficult to source items of this pattern in good condition. 

We are delighted to be able to offer a range of good quality Royal Doulton Berkshire items, including dinner plates on our website at

Make sure that you purchase your requirements of Royal Doulton Berkshire while we still have some in stock.

Enjoy your tableware
Chris Eley
Tel: 01202600838

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Sometimes it is difficult to work out why a particular pattern of tableware has become so popular. That is not the case with Poole Pottery's Summer Glory range. 

The soft autumnal colours of Summer Glory give a warm homely feeling at any time of the year and they also work well with modern household decor. The shapes of the pieces are just a little different from many other patterns, making them interesting without being "off the wall".

We were delighted to be able to obtain a further supply of this pattern and many items, including a large number of dinner plates are now available to be purchased on our website at

Enjoy your tableware,
Chris Eley

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


I have commented before on what a wide variety of items have been produced in many of the well known tableware patterns. 

One of the prime examples of this phenomenon is the range of Harvest produced for Marks and Spencer. Although it started off as primarily a tableware pattern, there were many items produced that really go far outside that  narrow description.

Today we purchased some fresh items of Harvest and amongst them was a pair of candle sticks. there was  a pair of lovely candle sticks, decorated in the Harvest pattern . Most of the Harvest was produced for Marks and Spencer by the now defunct (and much missed) Hornsea Pottery. 

Keep your eyes open. You will be surprised what items of Harvest you will find.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Royal Albert Old Country Roses Shoes


One of the joys of collecting certain ranges of ceramics is the great variety of items that are available in some patterns. 

One such pattern is Old Country Roses, from Royal Albert. Just when you think you have collected everything, some different item crops up. We have just received a fresh quantity of excellent items from this range and they are available to be purchased on our website at

Amongst this fresh stock are two delightful little china shoes. They measure only about 4.25" long and are in excellent condition. We have included a photograph of the back stamp, so that it can be clearly seen that these are the genuine English made items, not the later range that were made abroad. In fact we only offer items of Old Country Roses that are make in England. 

Chris Eley

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Woods Beryl Tableware

Beryl tableware, produced by Woods, is one of those classic utilitarian ranges that has now entered the collectors market. There is something familiar and cosy about this outdated style that just makes many of us want to own and use it.

Woods discontinued the production of the Beryl range in recent years. Beryl had been manufactured for many years and is often recognised in television period dramas set in the 1960's and 70's. I am afraid that I am one of those sad individuals who will often interrupt family TV viewing to say "Look they are using Beryl tableware".  Items have now however are becoming increasingly difficult to find it good condition (perhaps the TV companies have got them all). 

At the time of writing, we do have a supply of Woods Beryl items in stock, and available to be viewed and purchased on our website at Replace Your China

Enjoy your collecting. 

Chris Eley

Saturday, 27 July 2013


Poole Pottery produced a range of bone china animals in 1985 and 1986. Most of these were based upon the moulds of animals produced in their stoneware range. 

One of the most attractive of this range was the guinea pig. Like most of the items in this range it benefited from having its eyes painted gold, making this range very easily distinguished from those of other manufacturers. The guinea pig was originally modelled by Barbara Linley-Adams, with her usual care and love of the subject. It just under 5" in length and stands just under 2.75" tall. 

At the time of going to press we do have one of these guinea pigs, together with many other Poole Pottery decorative items, available for sale on our website at

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Poole Pottery Stoneware Tortoise


I must admit that the stoneware animals and birds modelled by Barbara Linley-Adams for Poole Pottery hold a special spot in my heart. I think that these items just show how much the designer loved wildlife. Each model seems to have a life of its own. 

Some collectors specialise in the models of birds and some try to collect the whole range that were produced. I like them all, but one of my favourites is the tortoise. When I was a child I had a tortoise and I can still visualise him when I look at Barbara Linley-Adams' creations. These Poole Pottery  stoneware masterpieces are approximately 6" long and 2.5" tall. They were produced by Poole Pottery between 1979 and 1989. 

Make sure that you have got a Poole Pottery stoneware tortoise in your collection of ornaments. 
We currently have just one in stock, so don't blame me if you miss the opportunity to purchase it.

Chris Eley

Friday, 29 March 2013


There are some patterns that we are always pleased to obtain, providing that they are in excellent condition. One such pattern is Rondelay, produced and now discontinued by Royal Doulton. It is the sort of classic pattern that will never become unfashionable. The  pattern code used by Royal Doulton for Rondelay was "H5004" and this is usually printed on the back of items from the pattern. 

We have just obtained some items in this lovely pattern, and they are all in superb condition. You may view and purchase them directly from our website at 
Alternatively, for those clients who are not comfortable with on-line purchases, we have a 24 hour telephone line available on 01202 600838. When the office is not manned, there is always an answer machine available. Just leave your name, telephone number and any brief message and we will call you back as soon as we are available. 

Enjoy your tableware, 
Chris Eley
Tel: 01202 600838

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Denby Pottery Arabesque Tableware


Of all the tableware patterns that we deal with, I still find Denby Pottery's Arabesque to be one of the most intriguing. It was designed by Gill Pemberton in the early 1960's and is said to have been inspired by a visit to Russia. The exotic nature of the design does make this idea quite feasible. 

The range of items produced in Arabesque seems to be never ending. Every time we think that we have seen everything, another item or shape turns up. It is also interesting to see the variations in the patterning over the years as the production methods were modernised. 

We have just obtained a small quantity of items in this pattern including the much sought after rectangular, divided, lidded vegetable dish. Many items were sold out as soon as they appeared on our website at so the interest Denby Pottery's Arabeesque is as strong as ever.

Enjoy your tableware, 
Tel: 01202 600838


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Royal Albert Christmas Plates

Historically we have always concentrated on selling tableware and for that reason we have tended not to offer decorative plates  other than the collectable Poole Pottery and Hornsea issues, but we recently had the opportunity to purchase a range of Royal Albert Christmas Plates. I was struck by the quality of the decor on these plates and decided to "give them a go". I then realized that we already had several clients who has asked us to notify them when such plates became available, so some of the plates were sold over the phone before we even put them on to the website. 

However, we do still have a few of these lovely Royal Albert  plates available and have now started the process of photographing them and adding them to the website. If they might be of interest to you, please view them on our Royal Albert Christmas Plates page. Further plates will be added in the near future.

Enjoy collecting. 
Chris Eley