Welcome to letter B and to this year’s Theme:
The Glories of Tea With Stepheny
The main difference between porcelain and fine bone china is the inclusion of up to 50 percent bone ash in the porcelain mixture that makes up bone china. China is also typically fired at a lower temperature than porcelain, which is double-fired at very high temperatures. Bone china has a warmer off-white color than porcelain. The words bone china are often marked on the underside of a piece of bone china. Porcelain looks bright white to the naked eye and it is more durable and weighty when compared to bone china. Recognizing the difference between bone china and porcelain is all about the ingredients in the ceramic mixture and its firing process. The first firm to develop a reliable recipe was Spode in 1799. It is specifically an English development. Germany, France and the rest of Europe stuck to their older, more traditional Chinese porcelain recipes (no animal bone).
Some people bet on a horse because they like the name or think the horse is pretty. In collecting china, you may feel the same way. As long as it is pretty, that’s what matters. To others, the manufacturer of china is as important as the pattern. There is a way to verify the authenticity of a piece of bone china. Generally, bone china is registered by the manufacturer and you can find its trademark, number, and pattern name under each piece. Over time these can become difficult to read. If you hold a piece of bone china up to a light and place your hand behind it, you should be able to see your fingers through it.
Select one of these lovely cups and let’s pour some Lady Gray and enjoy it.