Different sized plates with different names!

We receive many questions about what signify the names “salad plates”, “bread and butter plates”, “dessert plates”, etc. mean and how these relate to the items in their sets. In order to aid you in your purchases we provide here a list of  the different sized plates with. their different names:

  • 6-6 ½” across are bread and butter plates
  • 7-7 ½” across are dessert plates
  • 8-8 ½” across are salad plates
  • 9-9 ½” across are luncheon plates
  • 10-10-½” across are dinner plates.

Please keep in mind that nothing prevents using the bread and butter plates for dessert or salad and vice-versa. The use of these names for each size of plate is only for ease of communication and does not restrict their function to only those suggested by their names.

Shelley Golden Harvest with different sized plates.

The revolution of Transferware

China for centuries had been produced with varying levels of ornamentation through the addition of relief or colours by painting. The level of ornamentation on the dishware in a household was largely based on the social and financial standing, given that the applying textures or colours increased the time involved in their manufacture as well as percentage of rejects when the efforts did not give the desired results, thereby increasing significantly their cost. The revolution brought by transferware shook the whole of the earthenware and china industry in the UK and other markets.

Transferware involved printing on tissue paper inks that were then pressed onto blank pottery so that the pattern would transfer onto the clay surface. This process was developed in the mid-eighteenth century and quickly became popular because of the opportunity it offered more classes to acquire dinnerware with finer designs than they could have afforded with hand-painted pottery.

In the 18th century, particularly popular were the blue transferware patterns influenced by Chinese imports as seen in the Blue Willow patterns. Eventually local country, village and urban scenes were immortalized by coloured transfers such Johnson Brothers Old English Castles and Meakin’s Fairwinds.

Many of the Made in England bone china manufacturers in the 20th century chose to combine transfers with hand-painting sometimes even with raised enamel to provide more distinction to their patterns. For example, Minton did this with some of its signature patterns such as Ancestral and Suzanne.

Now almost all china patterns are produced using transferware technology, to the point that we do not indicate it in the pattern descriptions of our on-line shop unless it is used in conjuction with other techniques such as hand-colouring, hand-painted enamel, etc.

For more information about the transferware process, Sprucecraft a fairly detailed description.

Hand-painted colours or gold on transfers

Royal Worcester Gloriana
Royal Worcester Gloriana: Hand-painted waterlilies on grey transfer

Aynsley Dorchester

Aynsley Dorchester: Hand-painted flowers on white center with gold transfer scrollwork bands

Royal Albert May Blossom

Royal Albert May Blossom: Hand-painted blossoms on grey transfer

Royal Worcester Watteau

Royal Worcester Watteau: Hand-painted scene on grey transfer

Spode Summer Days

Spode Summer Days: Hand-coloured clover on brown transfer

Royal Worcester Petite Fleur

Royal Worcester Petite Fleur: Hand-painted gold on grey transfer


Hand-painted raised enamel on transfers


Coalport Montreal


Coalport Mistral

Coalport Harebell

Coalport Harebell

Aynsley Cambridge

Aynsley Cambridge

Royal Worcestre Ferncroft

Royal Worcester Ferncroft

Royal Doulton Chatsworth H4795

Royal Doulton Chatsworth

Royal Doulton The Pembroke

Royal Doulton The Pembroke

Minton Spring Melody

Minton Spring Melody

Minton Garden Pinks-S381W

Minton Garden Pinks

Minton Ardmore 5313

Minton Ardmore 5313

Royal Doulton Bell Heather H4827

Royal Doulton Bell Heather


Washing bone China Dishes

Washing your bone china dishes needs only warm water and a mild soap. It is best to avoid the use of abrasive products.

We reccomended not using a dish-washer for most bone china dishes. This is because the composition of most cleaning products combined with the hot water can cause loss of lustre on the glaze, colour fading or loss of gold/platinum trim. This is especially true in many of the older patterns.

If you decide to use a machine-wash it would be advisable to do so only once in a while. Wehn you do you should use a milder liquid cleaning product. We suggest avoiding those products that contain bleach or lemon. Finally you should choose the most delicate washing cycle available on your dishwasher.

If your bone china plates have light scuff marks from the scrapping of cutlery, rubbing them lightly with a wet soft cloth and a dab of baking soda or cream of tartar should be sufficient to make them look like new.

If your gold guilding is discoloured after not having been used for a long time, it can be gently cleaned with an gold polish or an ammoniac-based soap soaked on a soft cloth and then rinsed and dried. Soft rubbing works best because vigourous rubbing could cause loss of gold or platinum trim.

The good news is that with just a bit of care in washing your bone china dishes they should continuing to grace your table for many decades.

Doing our part for the environment

We at China “Made-In-England” strive to reduce as much as possible the negative impact of its activities on the environment.


China “Made-In-England” has reviewed all its procedures to reduce the consumption of resources. The result of this is that:

  • we communicate with our clients electronically for alsost everything, therefore eliminating the printing of invoices or other materials.
  • we are careful to pack carefully and ship items that meet our clients’ expectations in order to avoid returns and unncessary shipping.


Purchasing china that was produced mostly in the early and mid 20th century is already an ecologically responsible action because it involves no pollution nor CO2 emissions in the present and prolongs the use of beautiful items that were hand-crafted decades earlier.

A big part of e-commerce’s negative impact on the environment is packing and shipping.  At China “Made-In-England” we are proud to affirm that we pack almost all the shipped items safely in recycled materials, eliminating the need to purchase of new packing materials. You can expect to notice that the shipping materials will show signs of previous use…a testament to how we are prolonging their usefulness to us and reducing the amount of waste.


China “Made-In-England” recycles just about everything that it cannot use directly, thereby almost eliminating the amount of garbage generated by its activities.