The Blind Earl

To celebrate the beginning of the holiday period, today I have a very rare dessert service made by Chamberlain & Co (Worcester) between 1840 and 1851. It is in the famous "Blind Earl" pattern, but this flow blue version is incredibly rare and was probably made for export to the USA. I absolutely love this service!

This 18th Century pattern was called after George William Coventry, the fifth Earl of Coventry (1722-1809), who was the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. In 1780, George William suffered from a hunting accident and lost his eye sight. It is said that he ordered a service like this (although in polychrome colours with bright greens) because, now blind, he wanted to be able to feel his beautiful china.