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Posted 6 years ago


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This came from my grandmother and she said it came from her grandmother. I don't know anything about the manufacturer. As you can see in the second photo, it says "Eleanor, made in Germany". Note the interesting font style on the "L" in Eleanor. I've been wanting more info on this for a long time and never have been able to find out anything. The tea set consists of 6 cups, 6 dessert plates, 6 saucers, a teapot, sugar and creamer. It has a copper iridescent finish and a transfer pattern of a tall basket with big pink cabbage roses and what look like blue delphiniums.

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    These were imported and stamped in US. It maybe impossible to link exact company that produced them as they do not have any markings by manufacturing company . I know that doesn't help a lot
    here is a link to markings
  2. ractrose, 6 years ago
    I did read once that there were rules about import labeling. I was hoping to learn more about the design style and details that would give me a clue about the age of this set. These pieces are handmade. The photos don't show the iridescent finish very well, but it seems unusual, I don't know. Maybe someone can suggest something about the design that links it to a time period or manufacturer? Manikin, Thank you for you help.
  3. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Your set looks like Lustre Glazed orange Pottery . Is the flower hand painted or a applied print like a stamped photo ? They look to be 1920-30's to me ?
  4. ractrose, 6 years ago
    I think they're older than the twenties, maybe around 1900. But I read something about the transferware process. I think it involved a design stamped backwards on paper, linen, some such thing, and then the artist in the pottery works would hand paint the design, then press it onto the porcelain. Sometimes it was done in layers to keep colors from mixing.
  5. dretze, 6 years ago
    I am looking for a set like this to purchase. Are you interested in selling?
  6. ractrose, 6 years ago
    I love this set and it's an heirloom, but thank you for your interest.
  7. karenroe1, 3 years ago
    I have a set like this I just received from my father. W does anyone know the approximate value?
  8. ractrose, 3 years ago
    Rarity I think is the first factor in valuation. And then the manufacturer, condition, and age. But I have never found out much about my set.

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