Founded in 1845 in the township of Longton, Staffordshire
NOT the same company as the contemporary Royal Stafford, which was created in 1992 by the merger with Barratts Of Staffordshire
This can make dating of Royal Stafford quite confusing but when referencing Thomas Poole, the company behind the tradename Royal Stafford, it is clear that the backstamp on this saucer was used in the period 1940 ~ 1950's, we actually lean towards the 1950's as this would fit in with when my parents had the teaset.
ROYAL STAFFORD - Souvenir Saucer ONLY
Made In England
Circa 1950's (based on the backstamp and personal knowledge)
Bright White china (porcelain)
Translucent (meaning you can see your fingers through the china when held up to the light)
Hand decorated (artists marks on the rear)
Souvenir saucer only, originally part of our teaset but the cup had an 'accident' and is no longer with us.
Scene depicts Federal Parliament House (the old one) in Canberra. Vacated by the politicians in 1988 as it was becoming a bit tough (crowded) to fit around 3000 people in the old Parliament House! This architecturally classical style building is now our Museum Of Democracy.
Gold gilding to the rim edging and a secondary ring just inside the rim area
(Graphic of a crown)
MADE IN ENGLAND
Two artist's marks near the backstamp, one for the main artwork and another for the gold gilding work
Actually only ever used with a little display stand, never for a 'cuppa' so the condition is extremely good
NO wear at all to the central artwork
Gold gilding (both the outer and inner work) is in very good condition, I can see no signs of wear at all