Childrens Tea Set

Q: We have some play dishes that were my wife's grandmother's when she was a child. She was born in 1880. We tried to identify the mark or pattern by looking in all kinds of books, but no luck.

A: Your dishes were made by Charles Allerton and Sons of Longton, Staffordshire, England. The company was in business from 1859 to 1942. It operated as Allerton’s Ltd. after 1912, when it was taken over by Cauldon Potteries Ltd. It made china and earthenware, and was known for its children's tea sets. Transferware like yours was popular in the late 1800s. The mark "RD 106741" on the bottom of your dishes is the registered design number from the British Patent Office. The pattern number is 780. Your dishes are part of a tea set known as "Little Mae" that was made in about 1888. It was also made in red and white and in blue and white. A complete set includes a teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and lid, waste bowl, plates, and cups and saucers. A set of 15 pieces sold a few years ago for $185.

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