The Crown Staffordshire Porcelain Company was located at the Minerva Pottery Works, Fenton, Staffordshire; the firm was established in 1889 and achieved a well-deserved reputation for high quality porcelain. This set of 5 plates is in the Davenport pattern, a Chinoiserie design that is yet so classically English, in rose pink, pale blue, green and yellow, set against the pure white porcelain. These dinner plates measure 9 1/2 inches in diameter and 1 inch high and each plate weighs 1 pound 2 1/2 ounces. Every one of them is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, stains or utensil marks---in fact, it appears that they have never been used.
The mark printed in green on the backs of the plates say "Estd 1801." This refers to the building of the pottery works themselves, a common ruse to make the company appear older than it was. The mark on these plates came into use in 1906 and was replaced circa 1930 by new marks that incorporated the words "Fine Bone China." In 1948, the company changed their name to Crown Staffordshire China Co., Ltd. and was purchased by Wedgwood in 1973. Though they are not as well-known as Minton or Royal Doulton, Crown Staffordshire made beautiful, highly decorative wares.