Royal Albert Roses for Your Table

One of the most sought after and exquisite china lines is Royal Albert. Their beauty and fine detailing bring a real aesthetic to any table.

Founded around 1896 by Thomas Clark Wild in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England, and trading under the name “Royal Albert,” the company specialized in creating bone china tea and breakfast sets with a high frill appeal. The name “Royal Albert” refers to Prince Albert who became King George VI in 1936 when his brother Edward abdicated to be with Mrs. Wallis Simpson after her divorce. China produced at the factory was initially branded as “Albert Crown China” with “Royal” being added in 1904 and soon becoming known simply as “Royal Albert.”

Fluting and floral motifs in the style of popular Japanese Imari patterns, using shades of red, green, and blue, are their hallmarks. From modest to elaborate, including royal commemoratives, Royal Albert has wide appeal, which led to the company’s initial success. Today, Royal Albert china is put out by Royal Doulton, part of the Wedgwood Royal Doulton company. Patterns have come and gone, but the quality remains.

The most popular pattern of Royal Albert china is Old Country Roses, introduced in 1962 by designer Harold Holdcroft who epitomized the design team’s passion for flowers. Crisp white bone china makes the perfect background for English roses in full bloom in both bright and soft colors with gold stipple and a gold rim. Over 100 million pieces have been sold since the pattern was introduced.

You may not be able to afford a whole set, but you can start with a teacup and saucer set…

Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teacup and Saucer
Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teacup and Saucer

or two or three or four…

3 Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teacup and Saucers
3 Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teacup and Saucers

…and then add a teapot…

Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teapot
Royal Albert Old Country Roses Teapot

…and then a sugar and creamer…

Royal Albert Old Country Roses Sugar Bowl and Creamer
Royal Albert Old Country Roses Sugar Bowl and Creamer

Before you know it, you will have a regal set of teawares. And then you can start adding plates, bowls, serving pieces, and even something just for the fun of it ― the Musical Wishing Well.

Variations on the Old Country Rose pattern include: Country Rose, Country Rose Buds, and Country Rose Chintz. Some additional patterns include: English Chintz Regal, Festival Regal, Polka Dot Rose, Rosa, Duchess, Lady Carlyle, Moonlight Rose, and Flower of the Month. Each is exquisite and will surely be the talk of your tea table.

See also:          
Royal Doulton by Wedgwood
Collectible Wedgwood

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