This is a gorgeous teacup and saucer produced by Grainger in Worcester around the year 1840.

 

Grainger was one of the leading factories in Worcester in the 19th Century. It was founded by Thomas Grainger, an apprentice of the Chamberlains Worcester factory, in 1801. In the early 19th Century Grainger built up a strong reputation as one of the three great factories in Worcester, the other two being Flight & Barr and Chamberlain. By 1889 the factory was struggling and was bought by Royal Worcester, a new factory that bought up all three Worcester factories and became very successful by combining the strengths and excellent workforce of its three predecessors. Grainger kept producing under its own name at their original potworks a bit longer, until in 1902 it was fully merged with Royal Worcester and the name Grainger disappeared.

 

The set is decorated in cobalt blue, gilt and beautiful hand painted flowers, and in the cobalt blue rim is an unusual cream colour that is almost lime green.

 

Both cup and saucer are unmarked, which is not unusual for this period, except the pattern number 1871, which dates it to about 1840 or shortly after.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition without any damage, crazing, repairs or even wear other than the odd nick off the gilding.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration 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 easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters): teacup 10.6cm (4.2"), saucer 15.3cm (6.2").

Grainger Worcester teacup, cobalt blue, gilt and flowers, ca 1840

SKU: A-GRA13
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