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Wileman Saucer, c.1895 and Platinum Reflect Teacup

Wileman Saucer, c.1895 and Platinum Reflect Teacup

£200.00 GBP

This sophisticated purple saucer features one of Wileman’s most popular designs. This beautiful purple shade was more than just a fashionable choice, however, as it played an important role in British history. Wileman produced this design in purple, teal and green, reflecting the tri-colour scarfs and banners used by the suffragette movement in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For women in the 1890s, serving tea in these designs acted as a secret message to their female friends that they supported the fight for the vote, and was a rallying cry to keep talking to their husbands, fathers and brothers; to not give up on the battle. A beautiful saucer, and an important, if small, part of British history. 

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. During the 1800s, kilns were fired on coal resulting in occasional firing specks, whilst makers were known for their experimentation that sometimes resulted in technically imperfect results. As a result, each saucer is truly unique and a small piece of history that has survived centuries to find its new home with you. Our pricing reflects the condition and rarity of each piece, and we ask that you embrace the small imperfections that reflect the rich past of British porcelain. This piece has a small amount of noticeable wear and imperfections due to its age, and is a more common piece to have survived.

 

Each teacup and saucer set comes with a handwritten gift card detailing the history of the antique saucer.

Collection Story

The Reflect collection started with our teacup, which brings life back to antique saucers missing their other halves by using platinum and gold gilding to create highly reflective cups. The mirrored cups reflect the patterned saucers, giving them a new lease of life and a place in contemporary homes. 

Each cup is skilfully decorated and then paired with a saucer, all of which have been meticulously sourced from antique dealers across Britain. Reflect has now grown to include matching teapots, milk jugs, sugar bowls and coffee cups, to complete the collection.

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Every piece of our bone china and crystal has passed through several pairs of hands before it arrives at your table. That's what we mean when we say handmade.