Vintage china with an unknown past: Melba China Company

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.

a picture of two vintage Melba china tea sets on a table a picture of a vintage Melba china plate with blue butterfly detail a picture of a vintage Melba china tea set with blue butterfly detailThe 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. a picture of three vintage Melba china tea sets with an orange flower a picture of a vintage Melba china tea set with an orange flowerThese 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.

A picture of a Melba vintage china tea set

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.

a picture of a two tier cake stand made from vintage English china a picture of a two tier cake stand made from vintage English china 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.

a picture of a two tier cake stand made from vintage English bone china

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!

Rach x

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3 responses to “Vintage china with an unknown past: Melba China Company

  1. Actually, your china is as old as any other Art Deco and while it is confusing, apparently several people used the Melba name in making china, according to thePotteries.com. I have a piece that it turns out is Melba bone china produced by Mayer and Sherratt under that name. It is the backstamp that is they key. When you look up the Mayer Sherratt story on the Potteries website in conjunction with Melba bone china (Not Melba Ware–a different company) you find, at least in my case a backstamp that was used on china produced between 1925 and 1941. So it wasn’t necessarily made later to look older. It probably WAS produced in the 20’s or 30’s. I have yet to find how to date them using run numbers.

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