ENGLISH IRONSTONE CHILDREN'S TOY TEA SETS, LOT OF TWO, comprising a 23-piece set featuring Ceres pattern, each featuring embossed wheat design, comprising a teapot, a covered sugar, six saucers, eight cups, six 3 3/4" D and one 4 1/8" plates and a three-piece set featuring embossed strawberry motif including a teapot, a covered sugar, and a creamer. Marks to underside include relief circular knotted rope with "ELSMORE & FORSTER / CERES SHAPE / TUNSTALL", impressed "ELSMORE & FORSTER / CERES SHAPE / TUNSTALL", "J & G MEAKIN / IRONSTONE CHINA", and registry marks. Together with an octagonal panel-form child's teapot with impressed "IRONSTONE / CHINA / LIVESLEY POWELL" to underside, and a Baker & Co. child's syrup with hinged metal lid. Twenty-eight (28) pieces total. Elsmore & Forster, Tunstall; James & George Meakin, Hanley; Livesley Powell & Co., Hanley, England. Circa 1865. 5" HOA.
Literature: Punchard - Playtime Pottery & Porcelain, From the United Kingdom & the United States, Elsmore & Forster Ceres set p. 84, fig. bottom.
Twenty undamaged, except some having moderate crazing and light scattered discoloration; remaining examples having minor imperfections including hairlines or minor flakes.
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From the William D. Annable estate, Oberlin, OH.