Wileman Saucer, c.1895 and Platinum Reflect Teacup
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.
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.
H9cm, ø8.5cm / H3.5", ø3.3"
The production of pottery in Stoke-on-Trent dates back to at least the 17th century, and still today every piece of our bone china is made to the absolute highest quality by master craftspeople in Stoke-on-Trent.
The knowledge and experience passed down through generations of potters have contributed to the expert processes used in the creation of all of our bone china collections. By working in Stoke-on-Trent, we support this heritage British industry and work to preserve and refine the masterful craft techniques and processes that make it the best in the world.
Our Reflect collection perfectly marries the celebration of this masterful craft’s rich heritage with the hope of its continued perseverance and survival.
The antique saucers in our Reflect collection, by their nature, are extremely delicate. We would ask that you wash the pieces by hand only as they are not classed as dishwasher safe.
We recommend using warm water only, as cold or hot water can cause bone china to crack, and a mild detergent to hand wash the pieces. Scouring pads or abrasive washing agents must not be used.
Our Reflect teacups can be cleaned in a dishwasher - at a maximum temperature of 60°C.
Do not use teacup or saucer in the Microwave.
Delivery & Returns
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Free UK deliveries for orders over £100.
We aim to dispatch your order within 24 hours of order confirmation (excluding weekends and bank holidays).
The standard delivery times once the order has been dispatched are:
UK: 2-3 working days
US & Canada: 5-8 working days
ROW: from 5 working days
Returns within 14 days of delivery
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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.