Today’s post is mainly a picture post. Partly this is due to lots of DIY activity in our flat on the weekend, which has meant that I haven’t had much time for writing.
However this also provides the perfect opportunity to do a post about some china that I’ve had difficulty finding out much about. Melba China Company Ltd operated during the 1940s and 50s and was based in Stafford Street, Longton, Staffordshire. However, I don’t seem to be able to find any other information about them!
The style of tea sets is highly variable. Some are stylised, others are simpler with more functional shapes.
The first set that we bought was this delicate blue and white set with butterflies in the blue patterned band. Three of the tea sets went to customers in the US, and one went to a customer in Australia. These unusual tea sets have the registration number 779310 which was first registered in 1933. I don’t think Melba were operating in the 1930s so presumably they were made in the 1940s in a 1930s style.
Their handles are so delicate that I’m amazed that they’re all still intact and in such perfect condition. I’d seen similar tea sets with butterfly handles but hadn’t seen ones with flowers like these before.
And finally a cake stand with a base plate made from Melba china. We matched it with a Salisbury saucer and an unusual Royal Albert teacup. I think it looks quite oriental with the combination of colours and patterns.
I wonder what Melba’s story was…who started the company and what inspired them to do it? And why the name Melba? Maybe one day I’ll find out!
Hope you all had a good weekend!