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November 2011 UPDATE
We started collecting the Royal Albert Provincial Flowers Series in 1985 when we happened upon a small china shop in Woodstock, New Brunswick. We fell in love with the dramatic patterns and being a botanist and an artist had to have these. We started with five cups and saucers and three salad plates. Over the next few years we were able to add more cups and saucers and plates until we were down to just a few. Then a set of Purple Violet became available at the same shop in New Brunswick and we drove up to get it and shortly thereafter we were in Vienna, Austria and found, of all places, the final trio of the Prairie Lily.
Meanwhile we had discovered Replacements, Ltd. in North Carolina and visited them to look at additional serving pieces. Here we picked up a cake plate, large creamer, covered sugar bowl and Regal tray and went on the waiting list for a tea pot. After two tries we did get the tea pot. Reasonably content with our collection I started to notice that Replacements had both the mugs and demitasse cups/saucers as well as other serving pieces. By now we were reading more about the pattern on the web and saw all of the other pieces in the set. The pattern was produced from only 1975-2001. Eventually we started buying mugs in 2006 and now have 8 of the 12 and started acquiring the demitasse sets with 10 (4 from Germany!) of the 12. We are also adding some of the serving pieces. We use our set and it is primarily for desserts, so originally soup bowls, dinner plates, etc. were not of primary interest until now, but that is changing. The summer of 2010 has been excellent with the 11½ demitasse cups and saucers, 3 new mugs, and 14 new serving pieces including the small open sugar bowl and two large fruit bowls from England and the tea trivet and large sandwich plate, and a salt and pepper set - all very rare. Learned this summer that coffee cups = demitasse NOT mugs! Two more mugs were added in December so only 2 to go!
We did lose out on a quartet of four small berry bowls and the small cream pitcher on eBay, but have finally managed to get a single berry bowl from the UK and then the small creamer through the courtesies of folks in Holland. Several other good things came up from the Netherlands but were too difficult to negotiate to buy. Finally, from a different seller, we were able to purchase the Lady’s slipper demitasse from the Netherlands. The jewel in the crown was the acquisition of the tureen/punch bowl in November, a gift from a generous friend.
By early January 2011 the Madonna Lily demitasse cup and saucer became available on eBay to complete that set and a new connection with friends from Holland resulted in a hand delivery of two Hampton-shaped demitasse cups and saucers and a connection to enable us to buy more from the Netherlands and have them shipped here. The 11th mug – Pitcher Plant- was won on Ebay so that leaves only the Prairie Crocus left.
In early March we were able to add two more Hampton-shaped demis and another small berry bowl from Holland. April added an additional dinner plate and 4 7” side plates and 3 soup plates. Prototypes of the jam pot and coffee pot warmer were unusual additions from the Netherlands.

AUGUST 2011 UPDATE
The summer so far has been interesting. Not much in the Provincial Flowers series available although we have added a few more cups and saucers with the striped foot. A birthday gift of the full 12 sets of the ‘no copyright’ everyday series was a great surprise. A very unusual center-handled serving dish made with a dinner plate was found in Rhode Island and a second quality 16” oval serving platter that is nearly as good as a first from Massachusetts. Bidding on Aug. 1 for the elusive coffee pot! We lost the bid on the coffee pot from the UK due to a technicality in the bidding process and then 3 weeks later it came up again (the original buyer returned it) and we were able to get it! It took some fast emails and cooperation on the part of the seller but it finally went through. This was the seventh coffee pot we had tried to get. Others were either outbid, part of a large collection, or would not ship to the US.

September 2011 Update
Four very curious 6" side plates were bought from England. They are unlike anything else we have ever seen. The 6" plates should be all Alberta Rose bread and butter plates (which we do not have) but these are the usual flower patterns but appear to be the decal for the saucer placed on a slightly larger side plate and they are signed on the reverse. They came from Stoke were RA was produced and we can only assume they were one-of-a-kind curiosities or mistakes. At any rate we are thrilled to have them. See photos on another page.
The final MUG that we needed, Prairie Crocus, was found on EBay from Scotland on Sept. 11 and with the cooperation the seller and of a friend in England we were able to convert the auction to Buy It Now and secure the mug. That completes our collection of the primary 12 provincial flower pieces - tea cups, side plates, demitasse sets, mugs. All that remains are a few plates in Alberta Rose tea set and the odd Hampton-style demitasse cups and saucers, if they were ever made.
November 2011 Update
Two more Hampton demis are on order from Holland and the Lady's-slipper stripe foot cup and saucer. With the coffee pot, warmer and jampot we are closing in on a full set. Just a few plates left to find (and the other Hampton demis.)

The big change is we are expanding to some of the other smaller series that are similar. We had already acquired the Flora Series and now have the Bouquet Series, the Merrie England Series and almost all of the Ladies Name series - all very beautiful and most with the black backgrounds.

We also decided to add some selected serving pieces from the OCR flatware series most of which also came as a gift from a friend.
The most unusual item we found is the original sales brochure for the series from an auction in Germany.
Note: We are fortunate that all of our trios are first run (1975-1987) with the ©1975 Royal Albert LTD. back stamp. Apart from seconds, with the backstamp scratched, there were three more productions of the many of the cups and saucers – backstamps read Royal Albert LTD. ©1975, no date or copyright, and those without gold on the foot custom made for the western European market. Both sets of demitasses and the mugs appear to all be first run only. All of the Alberta Rose dinner and serving pieces have the original ©1975 Royal Albert LTD. backstamp.

This is the full inventory of what we have what, in transit, bid pending, and what we are looking for:
ALBERTA ROSE (Alberta): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
DOGWOOD (British Columbia): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
FIREWEED (Yukon): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
LADY'S SLIPPER (PEI): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, demitasse cup and saucer, mug
MADONNA LILY (Quebec): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
MAYFLOWER (Nova Scotia): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, demitasse cup and saucer, mug
MOUNTAIN AVENS (NWT): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
PITCHER PLANT (N’land & Lab.): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, demitasse cup and saucer, mug
PRAIRIE CROCUS (Manitoba): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, demitasse cups and saucer, mug
PRAIRIE LILY (Saskatchewan): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
PURPLE VIOLET (New Brunswick): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, demitasse cup and saucer, mug
TRILLIUM (Ontario): teacup and saucer, dessert plate, mug, demitasse cup and saucer
footed cheese plate with glass dome- Lady’s-slipper
HAMPTON-SHAPED DEMITASSE SETS: Prairie Lily, Dogwood, Fireweed, Mt. Avens, Madonna lily, mayflower
ALBERTA ROSE TEA SET
round handled cake plate 13½” (2)
tea pot
coffee pot
large creamer (8 oz.) 4”
covered sugar bowl 3”
open sugar bowl 2” (2)
small creamer/milk jug 4 oz.
Regal tray 9”
salad/fruit serving bowl 9½”
small fruit bowl 5½” (2)
round vegetable bowl 9¼” (2)
oval serving platter 16” (2)
charger/chop plate 12½”
dessert/side plates 7¼” (4)
rimmed soup plate (4)
dinner plates 10½” (3)
tureen/punch bowl 12¼”
tea trivet 6”
sandwich tray 12”
assorted side plates 6" (4)
footed tidbit serving plate with handle 8½”
large serving plate with handle 10½”
3-tier serving tray
salt & pepper set
jam pot
coffee pot warmer

Royal Albert Provincial Flowers WANT LIST
HAMPTON-SHAPED DEMITASSE SETS: Alberta rose, lady's slipper, pitcher plant, prairie crocus, purple violet, trillium
ALBERTA ROSE TEA SET
small fruit bowls (2); bread & butter plate 6”-4; dinner plate 10½”; platter 13½”; {10½” handled cake plate;}
We are always interested in exchanging information with other RAPF collectors.
Paul & Stan (naorchid@aol.com)
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Comments

  1. ZONA, 4 years ago
    beautiful, I'm looking for a few tea cups and saucers of course
    for Royal Albert dogwood / black background / the pacific dogwood pattern
    can you help
  2. naorchid, 4 years ago
    Zona, The Dogwood pattern is fairly common on eBay. Watch the backstamps for the series you want.
    Paul
  3. Anneke, 4 years ago
    Beste Paul
    Ik vind je collectie super mooi
    groeten Anneke uit Holland
  4. Gery, 4 years ago
    Wow! I am so envious! And I had no idea they made mugs, I need some right now!
  5. Jennifer Smith, 4 years ago
    I am looking for just 1 Alberta Rose dinner plate to complete a service for 8. . have been looking for several years! Any suggestions on sources (other than ebay, replacements.com, chinasearchuk, etc.)
  6. naorchid, 4 years ago
    Jennifer: contact Tanya at sales@doultonfigurines.com in PEI. She had 7 or 9 still available a few weeks ago.
    Paul naorchid@aol.com
  7. Judy, 4 years ago
    I have 6 teacups and saucers given to me 35 years ago as a wedding gift: Maddonna Lilly;Purple Violet; Prairie Crocus; Lady's Slipper and Trillium that I would like to sell. The teacups and saucers are in excellent condition.
  8. naorchid, 4 years ago
    I suggest EBay for you as this is not the place to try to sell. Em,ail me at naorchid@aol.com for more help.
    Paul

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