The gold gilding is perfectly intact and other than a few tea marks inside the odd cup the set is in fantastic condition and consists of. A marvellous set from a bygone era. The company was founded by ex Mayor Herbert Joseph Colclough. The'Vale' label was named after the Vale works in Longton, Staffordshire where Herbert Colclough re-located his manufacturing plant. Mayor Colclough was honoured with a prestigious royal license for his beloved Vale Potteries following a visit to Stoke-On-Trent's Longton town from King George V and Queen Mary in 1913.
Herbert Colclough was the first china maker to to make fine bone china dinnerware & tea ware and the first bone china producer to make individual items available for sale in order for the consumer to gradually build up a collection. Previously, fine bone china had been the exclusive privilege of the rich who would order complete sets of tableware and crockery. Ridgeway were an old prestigious award winning bone china brand with royal licenses from Queen Victoria. On January 1st 1955 Pearsons re-named the company "Ridgway, Adderley, Booths & Colcloughs Ltd".
From Feb 28th 1955 it became Ridgway Potteries Ltd'. The original Royal Vale production was based at the Longton Vale Potteries from 1913 onwards.
The item "Superb Rare Antique 17 Piece Royal Vale Bone China Imari Pattern Tea & Cake Set" is in sale since Thursday, August 30, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Porcelain/China\Royal Vale". The seller is "santoor-uk" and is located in Eccles, Greater Manchester. This item can be shipped worldwide.