Wednesday, November 30, 2011


As many of you know, Shelley, a Fine Bone China company from England, has not been in business since the 1960's. I have been advised that Shelley actually started in 1876 as Wilernan's and closed in 1966. My parents (now deceased) were gifted with this 'HEATHER' luncheon set of 6 each of cups, saucers and sandwich plates. I have but one cup, 2 saucers, and 2 sandwich plates; all are in excellent condition, and no chips. I treasure them and do not use them as I would love to be able to pass them along to one of my 2 grand daughters. I believe that a single cup and saucer replacement at this time would be approximately $80. but the memory value far exceeds a dollar value. I love the pattern and tones of this beautiful "Heather" pattern, which to me, seems ageless. I hope you enjoy seeing my treasures today.
I wish to thank a lovely lady named Ruth who is a Shelley specialist. She was kind enough to educate me with respect to my "Shelley" treasures. Kudos to her for her vast knowledge.




Gina said...

What a treasure...they are lovely!

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Gayle,
I loved this set of Shelley china that brings you treasured memories and now I'm your new follower.
You know, although I very much appreciate the crafts blogs, I'm definitely a china girl, so I prefer this one :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Gayle,
Oh my, I love your pretty china and what a treasure each piece is! You should link up with my Tea Time party so my participants can see them too. They are so lovely!
Thank you for your visit and your nice comment. I am also a Canadian blogger and I am a Follower of your blog already. Have a splendid rest of the week.


From The Heart said...

These are so beautiful!A wonderful treasure..doubly so because they belonged to your Mom!

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

What a great set! I am a Shelley photos & info were used with credits in Schroeder's Antique & Collectible guides. Shelley actually started in 1876 as Wileman's and closed in 1966. From the mark, your set was made sometime between 1940-1966. The shape of the cup is called Old Cambridge. From checking your pattern number I can also tell you that your set was made for the Canadian market, not US, Australian or English. I love Shelley Landscape designs. Thanks for visiting and sharing your treasure!

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Also...just noticed the British Registry Date mark. The design, Heather, was not patented by Shelley (designed and registered) until the end of 1939.

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

They are absolutely beautiful. I love china with a history. Thanks for sharing.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Gayle,

What lovely china!
So very pretty...
All the Best,

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a beautiful pattern and such a heart-warming history. I lost my mom about 18 months ago and I treasure everything I have of hers. It is such a blessing to have special things that make us smile and think of our moms.

Terri said...

Beautiful! I love this Heather pattern. I have only seen it once in an antique shop and it was very pricey, and very lovely. But your cups and saucers are even better as they were your parents.
Thank you for sharing your treasures with us.

Terri said...

I thought I might have had trouble with my comment. I am not sure it "took".
This set is so lovely. The painting on it is so artfully done. Shelley created amazing china! But, I am sure, the fact that you received it from your mother makes them truly a treasure!

Charlotte said...

Hi Gayle,
Your treasured china is very beautiful. It is even more special when it comes from a loved one like a mother, sister, or friend. I'm sure your mother would be pleased to know you are enjoying it so much.


Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Gayle: I have this Shelly, it is so beautiful. I don't own the dessert plate. Love all the great history you found on it. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Cindy said...

It's beautiful, Gayle. What a treasure from your mother, which makes it so much more special.
Hugs, Cindy

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

What a beautiful treasure from your mother!

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

How nice and romantic! Just followed!

Miss Charming said...

Lovely dishes! I don't think I've seen that pattern before.