Superb Quality porcelain dining set for 6 from Royal Wessex. White Ironstone porcelain decorated with a beautiful ivy leaves motive and hand painted gilt edges. This set comes from Royal Wessex ironstone, and was produced by Swinnertons who manufactured earthenwares at Hanley in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries, England, from 1906. This base stamp was in production from 1962. The name of the pattern is Sommerset Ivy, and it preserves lovely, vivid colors. The body of dishes is itself ribbed with fan pattern on the outside edges, and later decorated by various techniques, including hand coloring and calcomania as well as hand gilding with 24k gold. This wonderful vintage set consists of 6 cups (6 3/4in, 7cm H) and saucers (5.5in, 14cm across); 6 small salad/dessert bowls (51/4in, 13.5cm across); 6 bread/salad plates (6 1/4in (16cm across); 6 soup plates (8in, 20cm across); 6 dinner plates (8in, 20cm across); a creamer (4in, 10cm H); sugar bowl with cover (4 3/4in, 11cm H to top of finial), and an oval platter (12in, 30cm wide). All together 40 pieces (just $10 a piece!!) of gorgeous porcelain that just yearns to be placed on your dinner table! The set is in great vintage condition, no chips, cracks or any flea bites visible to my eye. I noticed a bit of paint dotting underglaze one of the small dessert plates, that must have happened during manufacturing so this is not considered as a damage by use, and a couple of soup plates show a bit of glaze crazing around the bottom which is usual type of wear for this type of dishes. Check out the pictures for details. ALSO check for my other postings here (link on right).