Fabulous & RARE comprehensive 14pc 10 3/8" antique Royal Crown Derby dinner sized plate set with two matching serving dishes (16pc total), all in wonderful condition with cobalt blue flowers & foliage, gold enamel accenting & pressed edelweiss & snowflake accented rims! Wow! Nothing too frilly here but what a beautiful, elegant set and rare to find so many all together and in such wonderful shape! All have the red enamel maker stamp on the bottoms for Royal Crown Derby, England and are double marked for the retailer Mortlock's, Oxford Street. The date mark appears to be for 1899 on the plates, the form of the mark on the serving dishes date them between 1825-1848. The pattern number for the set is "RCD18", in case you'd like to explore adding pieces in the future.
The Mortlock China Company was founded in Oxford Street, London in 1746 by John Mortlock of Sawston (1698 -1758), the great, great grandfather of John George Mortlock. By 1785 John's grandson William, (1747 - 1807) was running the business. In 1801 William assigned the business to his two sons William Mortlock (1778 - 1833) and John Mortlock (1776 - 1837) as partners, but, in 1809, two years after their father's death, the partnership was dissolved and John carried on the business at 250 Oxford Street alone. The Oxford Street business continued under the control of John George Mortlock and subsequently his children until the company ceased trading in 1930. A wonderful set here, perfect for display and/or use!
Very good to excellent condition. I see no rim chips, cracks or repairs to any of the fourteen plates, they're as near pristine as could be hoped for. The two serving dishes are older, have a bit of age darkening to them and one piece has two small chips (shown in the images). See pictures for all measurements.
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