The underglaze mark on this set of fine raised gold enamel dinner plates is the one used from 1902 to 1922. It was introduced to mark the grant of the Royal Warrant by King, setting an even higher cachet to the Royal Doulton name. Belle Epoch richness and opulence evident in this set. There are just four 9â diameter dinner plates, but all in very fine order. Photos show the details and fine craftsmanship on the hand decorated plates.This set was made with the added underglaze notation of Higgens & Seiter, a New York City store offering luxury china and glassware, crystal, between 1878 and 1914, and on February 20, 1915 The Times reported that Higgins & Seiter of 9 East Thirty-seventh Street, one of the best-known and oldest china houses in the city, filed yesterday in involuntary petition in bankruptcy. Historic plate set, a story to tell at your next dinner party when you set the table elegantly with the set from Higgens & Seiter.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, they appear to have been only used as cabinet plates. I see no evidence of use and there are no chips nor cracks, no hairlines and no losses. If there is a rub to any of that fine old raised gold enamel work, I haven't noticed it, but it might be that you'll find a tiny bit since that's typically the case in these very old sets. A really fine set, I wish we had more than just the 4. But we'll continue to search for one more. NOTE: Plates with this type of deep relief raised gold enamel decoration are still being made in France, and I always stop by to see what they cost. They are, by the way, never as beautiful or of as high quality as those of the Belle Epoch (turn of the 20th century, 1900), but they sell at 600 to 2000 euro per plate. I prefer the old ones, even in spite of the price benefit. Collect!
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