This is a stunning coffee set for six in the "Dainty White" design of Shelley. This design is very desired and was made between the 1890s and 1960s - these items are from between 1920 and 1966, as can be seen from the various back stamps.


The set consists of a gorgeous spouted little coffeepot, four demitasse cup trios, a milk jug and a sugar bowl. If you want I can also supply a large cake plate for an additional USD 20.


The word "demitasse" is French and literally means: half a cup. It is used for this type of small coffee cups that are perfect for strong black coffee.

Shelley was one of the most respected potters in Staffordshire in the 20th Century and these sets are real collectors' items. The "Dainty White' design is wonderfully romantic yet down to earth; there are no decorations other than the sweetly scalloped and fluted surface of the porcelain. The porcelain itself is very thin and incredibly white. 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. There is only one flaw in the whole set: one of the saucers has a little chip (see last picture). Other than that, the whole set is perfect with no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs, and all items ring nicely when tapped.


Overall, it is very rare to find a set of Shelley white Dainty Shape items that is in such good shape (only one imperfection, as mentioned) - so it's an opportunity not to miss!


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): cup 5.7cm, saucer 12.2cm, side plate 16cm, milk jug stands 6.5cm high and measures 11cm from handle to spout, sugar bowl 13cm diameter, coffee pot stands 17cm high incl. finial and measures 17cm from handle to spout.


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.

Shelley "Dainty White" coffee service for 6, 1926-1966

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