Royal Vale Cornflower Pattern Tea Set Trios
I have a treasured set of 6 Royal Vale tea cups, saucers and side plates, "Cornflower" pattern, gold edge and trim (as per Design No. 7513). The stamp is a crown resting on a black oval, and the following printed inside the oval:
B Vale 2 (right-hand side numbers vary)
and Made in England underneath the oval. The cups all have a hard-to-decipher painted gold identification which seems to be the design number, 7513). This is not on the saucers and plates.
My question: Is this a genuine Royal Vale set?
I remember my mother buying it in the 1950s, so it is about 60 years old.
Thank you for the opportunity to ask my Royal Vale question.
Reply from Peter (admin)
Thank you for asking your Royal Vale query.
The answer is yes, even without looking at a picture, I would say the set is genuine Royal Vale. It is the same mark exactly as the one Dawn sent in a photo of (see the comment entitled "Royal Vale Backstamps by Dawn (Nevada USA)".
Dawn, who collects Royal Vale says it dates from the pre-Ridgway era (C.1954) but after the 'Royal' patronage of 1913. A specialist encyclopedia such as Geoffrey Godden's Encyclopedia of British Porcelain or your local auction house may be able to pin down that mark to a more specific time line. For example, from memory, the Pearson's group took over Colclough in 1944 and so the markings may have changed in this post war period.
It would be great if you had a digital camera image of your Royal Vale "Cornflower" set. You could attach it to the form (same as when you posted this comment - just follow the online instructions) and we will publish the image with your query .... so everyone can see the Vale "Cornflower" pattern.
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