Grannies Tea Set S & C Bell China

by Davina Rispoli
(Hertfordshire UK)

s c superior mark

s c superior mark

I inherited an old tea set that I believe belonged to my Granny who resided in Aberdeen. It has six large plates, six small plates, six teacups and saucers and sugar and cream jug.

On the bottom of the set it reads:

S & C England
Bell China
No. 2399

Can anyone assist me as to whether this is a valuable set that should be kept in the family or just a little bit of "rubbish" taking up valuable space.



Peter (admin) says about "Grannies Tea Set S & C Bell China"

Hi Dee

Bell China is a pottery mark of a Staffordshire pottery called Shore & Coggins of Longton. They traded from 1911 to 1966. Their other pottery marks included Queen Anne and Princess Anne China.

As the dates show, there is a rarity and novelty value to Shore & Coggins wares (apart from having a fantastic sounding English name!). They didn't produce for that long and represent a kind of 'glory days' in UK Staffordshire potting where the market was so strong smaller family run firms could carve out a niche for themselves and hold off the giants.

Of course, this has all changed with the giants all swallowing up the smaller firms in the latter part of the 20th Century and then themselves all going into administration in 2009.

As it happens, thing are going full swing now with Portmeirion, a small family firm started in the 1960's recently buying out the giant names of Royal Worcester and Spode for a trifling £3million.

Anyhow, about your 'little bit of "rubbish" taking up valuable space'....

To me (an enthusiast), you own a little piece of English history. I am not saying the wares of Shore & Coggins of Longton fetch a fortune because they don't. However, I have seen a single cup & saucer fetch £7.

To sell you need to know how to list properly on ebay - take good looking photos and write the history/provenance of the wares and 'big-up' Shore & Coggins (at the bottom of this page you will see a banner link to a page where I explain more about this process). If a couple of Staffordshire collectors of S & G gets to see and like your set, you'll be quids in.

Go to my China Replacement for further info about how to value your set and get a link to ebay.

Hope this helps.

Peter (admin)

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by: Anonymous

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by: Anonymous

I have 5 cups and 6 saucers in Blossom pattern
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by: JoMo

I have recently purchased a gorgeous cup, saucer and side plate set by the S&C company. It's dated 1947 and says "LINOGE" above the traditional 'superior, English Bone China, S&C England' stamp. I've searched and searched but can't find this reference anywhere! All I get is 'Limoges' in search results...Is this the pattern name? A nod to the French company? a one off? Can anyone help?!


The Forum Help Elf says:-

Hey JoMo

Linoge or Limoge would be the pattern - whether it's an 'n' or 'm' (could be a bad print - don't know without seeing it).

As Peter says above, S & C is a "mark of a Staffordshire pottery called Shore & Coggins of Longton. They traded from 1911 to 1966. Their other pottery marks included Queen Anne and Princess Anne China".... as well as Bell china.


by: JoMo

Thank you elf...any ideas if they're collectable and what they're worth? It's definitely S&C Bell china, but I'm trying to price it and can't without knowing what this Linoge reference is... Any suggestions?! Cheers!


The Forum Help Elf says:-

Hi JoMo

S & C are a nice maker of bone china but are a (relatively) unimportant and short-lived maker, so values aren't that high for any pattern (Limoge/Linoge et al). They even had a pattern called 'Doris' ....ahhhh how cute is that?

Again it's doubtful any pattern books or records survive (online, the best resource is, but museums may have something. The rest would be down to anecdotal information, or collectors and/or owners getting their heads together (like here on this site for example - just post away if you have any information!!!)

To give an idea, you can find a Shore & Coggins cup and saucer unsold on UK ebay for £3.99 GBP (UK). Or, on the other hand, some online US retailers are (rather optimistically in my view) asking $25 USD for an S & C cup and saucer.


by: JoMo

Elf, thank you! Just the info required.


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