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|Rosina Fine Bone China was produced by the Rosina China Company Ltd, a china manufacturer based in England.
Brief history and description
The company operated from their pottery in Longton, Staffordshire., and began trading in 1941.
The company was one of many operating in the same region of Staffordshire, often referred to as the ‘Staffordshire Potteries’.
Many of Rosina’s pieces featured intricate floral patterns in their designs, and small, delicate handles.
Guide for collectors
Rosina China Company pieces have appeared at mainstream and specialist auctions, as well as antique shops, and online auctioneers such as eBay. Collectors are liable to often find rarer pieces and lower prices at online auctions and at online shops, though they should be sure to check the authenticity of a particular piece before purchasing.
Records indicate that the Fleur and Queens patterns are the most valuable.
Prospective collectors are advised to look out for the Rosina bone china watermark, which usually features on the bottom of their cups and saucers, and altered subtly from 1941 onwards before finally settling on their finalized design in 1952. Further information on identification of Rosina pieces is available at The Potteries china and ceramic index.
There are a few websites which offer valuable information for collectors. A couple of good examples include; The Potteries and Porcelain Collecting.
Fine bone china from the Rosina China Company has sold for vastly differing prices at auction.
Towards the lower end of the price scale is the sale of a Rosina fine bone china cup and saucer without any external damage, which sold for just $5 from Auctions Neapolitan on 12th October 2004.
Elsewhere, a Rosina fine bone china cup and saucer sold at A1 Auction Service for $10 on 17th April 2004.
Meanwhile, a hand-painted, golden Rosina fine bone china cup and saucer with a multi-coloured floral design sold from JK Galleries, Inc. on 24th February 2008 for $20.
Towards the top-end of the price scale, a partial ‘Fleur’ dinner set from Rosina in fine bone china sold for $300 from Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, Inc. on 8th October 2007.
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