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I love dainty Shelley China cups and saucers! There is nothing like a tea party using Shelley China.
Their story of how they came to be is quite intriguing...
"The Shelley story begins about 1860 when the Wileman family, owners of the Foley works, a large pottery between Longton and Fenton in Staffordshire, England, built a second pottery for the purpose of producing fine china. Two years later Joseph B. Shelley, left his position at the Dresden works and joined Henry Wileman and his sons as a mere traveler or salesperson. In 1864, Henry Wileman died and his two sons Charles and James split the two works with James running the earthenware works and Charles the china works. In 1870 Charles retired, and James took over both enterprises. He made Joseph Shelley his partner and the firm became known as Wileman & Company. Eventually James returned to running the earthenware works, and Joseph Shelley took charge of the china production..."
READ MORE from the Shelley China Club
Why collect Shelley China?
"Shelley China is the finest expression of the Potter's Art. Its pure white translucent glaze, and lovely colourings make it pre-eminent amongst the productions of the World's greatest Pottery centre, The Staffordshire Potteries."
-- Percy Norman Shelley
From Shelley China Club
Ellene, what a beautiful cup and a wonderful gift. I'll keep an eye out for these beauties. Thanks for sharing your treasured teacup.
Thanks, Donna! I'm just happy to have it but knowing a bit more about it would be great too! :)
Ellene - I do have access to some (a little) information about Shelley and their various patterns. May I ask what in particular you would like to know please? I can then take a look and see if I can help. Shelley, is hugely popular here in England and some patterns can fetch very high prices. Particularly those with strong/bold Art Deco lines (such as like Clarice Cliff items)
The blue and white could be Pattern #3744 - Blue Dolly Varden
I'll take a look now for the 'Snow Drop'
Even if the color is green and white?
I was referring to the blue & white set top of this page, which looks to be the Blue Dolly Varden pattern ?
Oh...yes that one.
is there an Rd. No. on the saucer 115510 and on the cup 272764 ?
It seems to be a pre-Shelly - Wileman piece c. September 1896. The Rd. number on your cup also appears on the Blue Rose pattern of the same date, and its saucer is panelled just as your piece too. The shape of the cup handle is identical also. Its a nice example you have there. According to my info here, the Blue Rose pattern sells for around $275...
THANK YOU for the info! Much appreciated.