Five Fabulous China Finds

Our resident vintage china expert Sharon, gives you a peek into her collection;

It’s so hard when you spend your days buying china not to want to keep it all. I only buy pieces I love to add to my “hire” collection. Resisting the temptation to keep it for myself is quite hard…even though my china cabinet is full to bursting!

My private collection has many items collected over the years and includes some very special ones that have been given to me. Here are five of my most precious pieces:


This is a very special tea set to me as it belonged to my Gran. This was the set that ignited my love of china as a small child and had been a present from my Dad in the 1950’s. Made by Midwinter and known as “Fashion ware” its simple creamy white china with bright red polka dots is as fresh today as it was back at time of production. Midwinters were leading innovators in the manufacture of tableware in the 1950’s. The set comprises of 6 trios, milk jug & sugar bowl and I use it often – especially at Christmas to serve soup as a starter in the Teacups.


The delicate china of this Plant Tuscan is so fine it’s a real piece of craftsmanship. Decorated with a pale pink glaze, wavy gold stripes and hand-painted candy coloured flowers it has an almost oriental feel to the design. Very typical of the 1920’s this pretty Coffee Set was a gift from my Auntie and comprises of 6 cups & saucers, milk Jug & sugar bowl.

The Plant family started production in 1780 but it was in 1900 when two Plant brothers set up the Tuscan works, most notably famous for their Peach Bloom China which was pink in colour.


This Paragon teacup & saucer is so elegant in a soft green with gold detailing. It’s special to me as I had coveted this for over 12 months when my best friend treated me for an early birthday present. The Paragon China Company (By Royal Appointment don’t you know!) was set up by Herbert John Aynsley, son of the very famous John Aynsley.


This dinky little coffee cup is so pretty, dating from the 1930’s Crown Ducal (A.G.Richardson & Co Ltd, Tunstall) are well known for their Deco china. It was designer Charlotte Rhead who really developed the Deco range for Crown Ducal when she joined the factory in 1931, more traditional than her contemporaries Clarice Cliff & Susie Cooper, Rhead still captured the new fashion for the colours of the Deco age.


There are no maker’s marks on this pretty little coffee cup which seems Deco in style. It’s hand-painted posy of flowers & pretty shape have made this a huge personal favourite.



  1. July 3, 2012 / 9:23 pm

    Some really gorgeous china. I agree things always feel more special when they’ve come from your family – I have a Royal Doulton teaset from my Great Great Aunt which I cherish. I think your Tuscan coffee set is the most intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. July 3, 2012 / 10:35 pm

    What beautiful china, thanks for sharing…my collection started with two tea cups, saucers and side plates from my gran, Edna Brock. I don’t rent those out, too precious. Am in total agreement with you that the best way to build a collection is to only buy things that you think are really lovely and would want to use yourself.

  3. Clare
    July 4, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Love the article. Also fell in love with china at a young age, especially Blue Willow which now fills my kitchen.

  4. Mari Jones
    July 5, 2012 / 10:05 am

    What a lovely and beautifully photographed piece!
    Love, love the Plant Tuscan set-adorable!!!

  5. July 7, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    Gorgeous teacups! My mom’s got an early 60’s Royal Doulton set that may, some day, come my way. Your pieces are in such fabulous condition!!! Pretty pictures too. Thanks for sharing!