This is a stunning "bachelor's set" made by Shelley, made in the "Dainty" shape and decorated with the widely loved "Blue Rock" pattern. This shape is very desired and was made between the 1890s and 1960s - these items are from between 1940 and 1966, when the "Blue Rock" pattern was printed.


The set consists of a very sweet little teapot, a teacup trio, a milk jug and sugar bowl, and an egg cup.


A "bachelor's set" is a little tea service for one person - although of course you don't have to be a bachelor to enjoy this!


Shelley was one of the most respected potters in Staffordshire in the 20th Century and these sets are real collectors' items. The "Dainty' design is wonderfully romantic yet down to earth; there are no moulded decorations other than the sweetly scalloped and fluted surface of the porcelain. The porcelain itself is very thin and incredibly white. The pattern consists of two kinds of small blue flowers - it is hard to see what they are and they may be the artist's fantasy, but they are endearing and modest. This design is great with any interior design taste; it goes well in traditional, rustic or modern styles. It would therefore make a perfect wedding gift as you can't go wrong with this!


CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent condition with only two very small flaws. There is a tiny nick off the tip of the spout of the teapot, you can see it on the picture if you look carefully. There also is the minutest nick off the rim of the teacup, again see picture. Other than this, there is no wear or damage, and each item rings like a bell.


Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.


There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS (diameters): teapot measures 19cm (7.5") from spout to handle and stands 14.5cm (5 3/4") high incl. finial, cup 9cm (3.5"), saucer 14.5cm (5 3/4"), side plate 16.5cm (6.4"), milk jug stands 6.5cm (2.5") high and measures 11cm (4 1/4") from handle to mouth, sugar bowl 13cm (5 1/8") diameter, egg cup stands 6.5cm (2.5") high.


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Bachelor's set, Shelley Blue Rock, 1940-1966

  • Your item will be shipped after receipt of funds, unless agreed otherwise in writing. 

    We will ship your items within a maximum of 2 working days after payment (usually quicker). We cannot be held responsible for delivery times once the item has been shipped as this is at the shipper's discretion and, in case of international delivery, can be subject to customs delays, weather, holidays and/or political instability.


    If your delivery failed to appear or was damaged in transit, please let us know as soon as possible and, in case of damage, provide us with pictures of the damaged item and/or packaging. Cut off dates for this are 14 days after shipping, or 2 days after a damaged delivery. We will need to comply with shippers' regulations in order to follow up the issue, but it is vital that you let us know what is wrong as soon as possible. We will do anything we can to follow up faulty deliveries but cannot be held responsible if we have not been notified within the required time period. 

    We always aim to have happy customers so if you have an issue with or questions about your item, please contact us and we will do anything we can to resolve the issue with you! 

  • Cancellations can only be accepted before the item has been shipped. Once an item has been shipped, the transaction cannot be cancelled anymore.

    Returns need to be requested within 2 days of receipt of the item and completed within 14 days from the date they have been agreed in writing.

    If you want to return an item because you changed your mind, you will be responsible for the return shipping. For international deliveries, this will need to be a fully tracked shipping mode. The item is expected to be received back in the same state it was sent - any damage due to insufficient packaging will be your responsibility. We will only pay for return shipping if we have mutually agreed that the item did not satisfy your expectations. A refund will be made immediately after receipt of the item.

    You are subject to the EU Consumers Rights Act, which protects your rights buying over the internet.


    We always aim to have happy customers so if you have an issue with or questions about your item, please contact us and we will do anything we can to resolve the issue with you! 

Covid-19 - we are open for business! 

We can ship normally to most destinations, but some are currently closed.

For the time being we have had to raise shipping prices as shippers are now charging more.

As we are living under lock down and can't always reach our stock, lead times will be a little longer than usual.

For now, please bear with us as we do our best to get your parcels to you as quickly as we can! 

If needed we are happy to hold your parcel for you until the end of the pandemic.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss and thank you for your business - it is a vital support for our business! 🙏

© 2020 by Gentle Rattle of China - copyright on all images and text

  • Instagram Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon