MAGNIFICENT EARLY MINTON & BOYLE STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLISH FELSPAR PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE WITH CUPS & SAUCERS, CREAMER & SUGAR, 1836-1841You haven't seen any prettier fine china than this very early collection of Minton & Boyle, heavily hand painted, almost enameled, with oriental flowers and birds and a brilliant turquoise band over a white ground. This china is marked M&B, Felspar Porcelain and it was made between 1836 and 1841. This was a precursor to the later Minton china, the first name (Minton) referring to Thomas Minton. This collection has survived many generations to be offered here. It includes 7 cups and 6 saucers and a large creamer and covered sugar bowl. The cups are 1-7/8" tall and 4" in diameter and are decorated inside and out. The saucers do not have a defined well. They are just a hair under 6" in diameter. The shapely creamer is 4" tall and 5-3/4" measured from handle to the wide spout. The sugar bowl is just under 6" tall with the lid in place and measures 6-1/4" from handle to handle. The sugar bowl is the only piece in this collection with condition issues. It has a crack all around the base but is repaired and does not seem overly fragile for the difficulty. The lid is not perfectly round and has to be rotated a bit to fit squarely on the rim of the bowl. These pieces were not mass-produced to exacting tolerances as modern china is, so this is expected. If you work with it a second, the lid fits properly. Otherwise it might rock a bit. There are no other cracks, no chips or repairs evident in the 15 pieces of this collection. The M&B mark is shown above and appears on the saucers, creamer and sugar bowl. The cups are blank except for the handpainted number 3084, in orange, painted on each piece and the lid. Stuff You Should Read About How We Do Business: ~We are always happy to combine orders for shipping if we can. Even when we must ship items in separate boxes for safety, we waive our $1.15 handling fee on the second and subsequent boxes. Payment is due no later than 5 days after the close of the auction. ~We do not end auctions early for offers. It's not fair to those who are watching and expecting to bid at the end (a risky business, but many chance it nonetheless.) ~All our auctions are no-reserve. ~We guarantee your satisfaction on all items we sell. If we have missed something, which does happen from time to time with the antique and vintage items we handle, we will always make it right. ~We strive for your 5-star feedback rating. If we have not achieved this, please contact us and we'll work it out. ~We will not misrepresent values on customs forms or call merchandise a "gift." Import duties and taxes are the buyer's responsibility and are not included in the price you have paid us. We have no control over the duties imposed in other countries, or our own, for that matter. Please be aware that customs regulations may delay your receipt of the item. First Class International Shipping does not offer insurance. Please consider using Priority Mail International for quicker delivery, tracking and insurance availability. We are now shipping via UPS so you have tracking and on-time delivery. I make every effort to deliver your purchases in CLEAN condition. Silver is polished. Porcelains and figurines are cleaned unless stated otherwise. And everything is packed with the utmost care for the safe arrival of your treasures. I can no longer use International First Class for items closing over $100 since this mail class cannot be tracked. If you are an international buyer and your item closes at or over $100, you must select Priority International shipping even though First Class International rates are provided.
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