Sunday, 10 May 2015

Royal Albert Old Country Roses

Probably one of the most popular ranges of tableware ever produced, Old Country Roses was designed for Royal Albert by Harold Holdcroft.  It was introduced to the tableware market in 1962.

The Old Country Roses design is based upon a bunch of roses in full bloom. The colouring is rich and vibrant and is set off to perfection by tasteful gilding in 22 carat gold trimming on white bone china.
Over the years an incredible variety of items have been produced by Royal Albert in Old Country roses. As well as every item that you can envisage in tableware presentation, there is also a wide variety of decorative items to compliment the settings, including decorative ceramic swans, clocks, shoes, bells, miniature tea pots and hundreds of other items.

In recent years much of the production of the Old Country Roses has been done abroad. Many of our clients have told us that they are only interested in purchasing items made in England, because of perceived alterations to the pattern and a reduction in quality. For this reason, we only sell items that were manufactured in England.

If you would like to purchase items of this elegant pattern, of if you just wish to view more photographs of sample items, please visit our website at

Do not forget to follow us if you would like to see more information about tableware in general and Old Country Roses in particular.

Chris Eley
Tel: 01202600838

Sunday, 19 April 2015


Fresh stock of Poole Pottery Twintone Mushroom and Sepia (pattern code C54) now available at our website at
Dinner plates, cups, bowls, serving ware all freshly listed. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Just obtained a lovely model of a cat laying down. The back stamp shows that this is the work of Nicola Massarella. The model is approximately 11.2" long and 5.9" high. 

This very appealing cat is keen to find a new and loving home.  If you would like to adopt him, visit our website at

Sunday, 15 February 2015



One of the many successful ranges of tableware produced by the Wedgwood factory was a range called Florentine. It came in several different colour and pattern variations, but one of the most popular was the navy version was Navy. (Pattern Code W1956). We have recently managed to obtain some excellent examples of this range and they are now available to be purchased on our website at

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