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Among the most popular of the English porcelain factories among collectors is Royal Worcester. The Worcester porcelain company was founded in 1751.

The First Period of Worcester (1751-76) is sometimes called the Dr. Wall period after John Wall, one of the founders and major shareholders. During this period, Worcester was using the formula for soft paste porcelain which was obtained when they took over Lund's Bristol Porcelain works in 1752.

Worcester also introduced the use of transfer printing on porcelain in 1757, which reduced the need for hand painting which was time consuming and expensive.

In 1783 Thomas Flight purchased the factory for his sons Joseph & John. This period led to a change in the porcelain paste used, achieving a much better, whiter body. The style of decoration during this period became much more neoclassical in style.

In 1793 Martin Barr became a partner in the firm. As the partnership changed so did the names, Barr, Flight, Barr (1807-13), Flight Barr, Barr (1813-40).

In 1840 Worcester amalgamated with the Chamberlains' factory, also located at Worcester, but still producing from both works. more...
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A set of six Royal Worcester butter knives, the pistol grip handles in cobalt blue with gilt floral decoration, with sterling silver collars. In original box. Sheffield 1915.

Royal Worcester 'Woodland' tea & coffee service, comprising 3 cake plates, 1 platter, 2 teapots, 18 teacups with saucers, 17 bread/butter plates, 1 coffee pot, 12 coffee cups with saucers, 2 sugar bowls, and 2 creamers

A Royal Crown Worcester 'Royal Garden' dinner service comprising: 9 teacups and saucers, 6 coffee cans and sauces, 6 soup cups and saucers, 6 dinner plates (10.5 inch), 6 dinner plates (8 inch), 6 side plates, 2 vegetable tureens, 1 oval serving dish, 1 bu

A Royal Worcester dinner service, Windsor pattern, with neo-classical decoration. The service comprises six dinner plates (10.5 cm diameter), six entree plates (9.25 cm diameter), six dinner plates (8.00 cm diameter), six salad plates, six side plates, six

Royal Worcester 'Engadine' dinner set for 6, comprising of platter, gravy boat with saucer, tureen (no lid), 6 each main, entree, bread/butter plates, bowls and teacups with saucers

Royal Worcester 'Regency' part dinner set comprising of platter, gravy boat/ dish and 6 each main, entree and bread/butter plates

A Royal Worcester porcelain vase and cover, circa 1900, the ovoid body with pierced terminals to each side and with fitted cover above a slender neck decorated with a pair of cranes on a butter yellow ground, puce factory mark to base, 20.5 cm high.

Royal Worcester large collection of 'Evesham' dinner wares comprising of twelve main plates, nine entr?e plates, seventeen side plates, fourteen bread and butter plates, eight dessert bowls, ten cereal bowls, six soup bowls, twelve tea cups and saucers, fo

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