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Gilt gold banded edge; border of gilt vermicule on pink ground; central image of elephant's head w/ snake entwined around trunk w/ green-gilt decoration (Appleton family crest). Urn-shaped on square base.
"Cherished Possessions": Believed to have been ordered for the marriage of Nathan Appleton and Maria Gold in 1806, this dessert service was second to none at the time. The set was ordered from the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works of Barr, Flight and Barr, whose wares were used in royal households in England and imperial palaces in Europe. The Appletons special-ordered the dessert service to be decorated with the Appleton family crest, an elephant's head with a snake encircling the animal's trunk.
Printed and impressed on bottom: Impressed: ""BFB [under crown]"" Printed: ""BARR FLIGHT & BARR/ Royal Porcelain Works/ WORCESTER/ London--House/ FLIGHT & BARR/ Coventry Street/ Manufacturer to their Majesties, Prince of Wales, and Royal Family/ Establish 1751""
Barr Flight & Barr (Maker)
Food Service T&E
5.5 (H), 6 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of the heirs of Nathan Appleton
Worcester (Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom)