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RARE FOLEY / WILEMAN TRIO Pre SHELLEY ANTIQUE SQUARE SHAPE For Sale


RARE FOLEY / WILEMAN TRIO Pre SHELLEY  ANTIQUE SQUARE SHAPE

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RARE FOLEY / WILEMAN TRIO Pre SHELLEY ANTIQUE SQUARE SHAPE:
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RARE FOLEY / WILEMAN TRIO Pre SHELLEY ANTIQUE SQUARE SHAPE Description

RARE FOLEY / WILEMAN TRIO Pre SHELLEY ANTIQUE SQUARE SHAPE

This is one of 2 Trios from the Wileman and the Foley / Wileman eras I am offering this week.

This Trio is a particularly lovely example of the rare Foley / Wileman ‘Antique Square’ shape in very fine bone china with a delicate light green decoration ‘Floral Garland Border’.

History

Richard Knight & Susan Hills in their book “Wileman – A Collectors Guide” record that Pattern Nos. 10011 – 10030 were produced in February 1906 with the ‘Floral Garland Border’ decoration on the ‘Antique Square’ shape (Rd. 447136) which had been registered in December 1904.

The ‘Antique Square’ shape is interesting in that it is the successor to the ‘Square’ shape, also sometimes called ‘Queen Anne’, which produced in the Wileman era from 1884 to 1888, and it is the predecessor of the very similar and now much sought after Shelley ‘Queen Anne’ shape introduced in 1926.

In Knight & Hills book, on page 29, there is a full page photograph showing the evolution of this shape from ‘Square’ through ‘Antique’ to ‘Queen Anne’ and includes an image of exactly this Trio in the ‘Floral Garland Border’ decoration.

In the Foley era the ‘Antique’ shape was very little produced, and in very few pattern decorations. Knight & Hills includes a Pattern Number listing which records that the ‘Antique’ shape was only produced on 5 more occasion - in 1906, once in 1907 and twice in 1908.

Not only was the “Antique” shape little produced, so too was the decoration ‘Floral Garland Border’. It appears only this once in the Pattern Book listing in Knight and Hills book, and in Sheryl Burdess’s book “Shelley Teaware Patterns” the only reference to its use is on Pattern Nos. 10011-30, ‘Antique Square’ - which includes this particular Trio.

The 10026 pattern number on this Trio is therefore from the first group of pattern numbers to be applied to the ‘Antique Square’ shape and the ‘Floral Garland Border’ decoration was only used during the pattern run 10011-30. Together, therefore, these make this Trio a particularly rare example of this highly collectable Foley / Wileman China.

Condition

In this Trio all three pieces carry the 1890-1910 Foley / Wileman Backstamp and, handwritten in gold, the Pattern number 10026. The cup also carries the ‘Antique’ shape Rd. No. 447136.

When viewing the trio it is difficult to believe it is now 110 years years old. There are large photographs of the Trio taken ‘all-the-way-round’ to help you see its condition and the ‘Supersize’ facility on the Listing will enable you to view the pieces in high magnification.

This really is a very well preserved Trio. On all three pieces there are no chips, cracks, nibbles or any signs of restoration to be seen or felt and the colour of the decoration throughout is un-rubbed and the glaze still vibrant.

Remarkably, the gold decoration on the cup - on the handle and on its hexagonal rim - is almost completely unrubbed, as can be seen in the photographs. The inside of the cup is still a gleaming white and without any staining.

Both the plate and saucer have been equally well preserved with, again, almost no rubbing of the gold band, just a few very tiny age discoloration spots. There are very few cutlery lines on any of the pieces suggesting they have been little used.

As is often the case with these very early pieces of Foley/Wileman china there are a few tiny firing specks/blemishes and there is micro-crazing on the cup but almost none on the plate and saucer. This fine micro crazing is only visible under bright light with high magnification. If you weren’t looking for it by those means you would never see it – but you should know it is there. This probably accounts for the cup having a muffled ‘Ping’, it certainly does not result from any damage. The plate and the saucer ‘Ping’ brightly like a bell.

All in all, these are 3 really lovely, and probably quite rare pieces of this highly collectable, very delicate, Foley / Wileman China which would grace anyone’s collection – but if you find you are disappointed with the trio’s condition you may just return it for a full refund.

Dimensions:

Cup: 4 1/4 inches (Handle to outer rim) & 2 inches tall; Saucer: 5 1/2 inches; Plate: 7 inches (Maximum)


Payment

By UK Buyers

  • PayPal is the preferred method for payment.
  • Payment will also be accepted by UK Postal Order or by Personal Cheque
  • Item(s) paid for by cheque will not be shipped until the cheque has cleared

By International Buyers

  • Payment may only be made via PayPal, and must be in GBP (£) sterling

Shipping

Items will be shipped as soon as payment has been received in my PayPal Account, or the Postal Order is received, or the cheque has been cleared

Packaging

  • I will always endeavour to ship as economically as possible, and I do not add any extra charge for the safe, very secure packaging which will always be used

Please make sure you choose the shipping serviceappropriate for the final sale price before making your payment. If in doubt which service to pay for - please contact me

UK Buyers

Items with an end-sale price of:

  1. Under £20 will be sent by Royal Mail 1st Class post
  2. Between £20 & £50 by the Royal Mail ‘Signed-For’ Service
  3. Over £50 by Royal Mail Special Delivery (Next Day before 1pm)

Services 2 & 3 provide proof of postage, confirmation of delivery and up to £50 of insurance. I pay for additional insurance of items over £50 up to a value of £500

International Buyers

  • Items with an end-sale price of less than £50 will be sent by the most economical Airmail service available but Buyers should note these services only provide compensation up to a maximum of £20.
  • In the interest of all concerned all items with an end-sale price of more than £50 will be shipped byRoyal Mail International Signed-foror Royal Mail Airsure service, dependant on the intended location. Both services provide proof of postage and confirmation of delivery. The packet will be sent with the appropriate level of insurance cover for its final sale price and I will pay for this additional insurance cost where it exceeds £50.

For prices please see the Table below

ROYAL MAIL SHIPPING COSTS

Medium sized parcel weighing up to 1Kg (UK) or 750grs (Int). Item valued at its end-sale price:

Up to 1st Class £5.65 Compensation £20

£20 - 1st Class ‘Signed-For £6.75 Compensation £50

Over Special Delivery (by 1pm) £6.75 Compensation £500

Buyers pay only the ‘Signed-For’ rate for the Special Delivery service.

I pay the cost of ‘Special Delivery’ insurance

Up to Airmail £6.40 Compensation £20

Over International Signed-For or Airsure £11.70 Compensation £50

On items valued between £50 & £500

I pay the additional insurance cost of compensation up to £500

REST OF THE WORLD

Up to Airmail £9.90 Compensation £20

Over International Signed-For or Airsure £15.20 Compensation £50

On items valued between £50 & £500

I pay the additional insurance cost of compensation up to £500

Combining Shipments
  • I am happy to combine shipments and will always do so whenever this is requested.

Terms of Sale

Returns

  • If you feel the item you receive differs significantly from the description given in this Listing you may return it and receive reimbursement of the final sale price and the shipping costs you paid
  • I will honour this commitment provided that:
    • you make contact with me within 7 days of receiving the shipment to tell me you intend to return the item
    • the item is returned by the same Shipping method (signed for & insured where appropriate), and
    • the item is received by me in the same condition as it was when it was despatched to you
  • I do not normally pay for the cost of your returning the shipment to me unless agreement is reached between us beforehand that I will do so

Contact Us

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  • If you have questions, do please ask using the Link provided and I will respond as quickly as possible.
  • Try not to wait until the last day of the sale as there may not be sufficient time for me to give you an answer




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