Each year as the festive season draws to a close I look forward to starting my diet. As always I need to shed more than a few pounds, I am running out of trousers that will fasten.
Since New Year’s Eve I have developed what can only be described as the worse “cold” any of our family have experienced for two or three generations.
My mother always said “Michael you must starve a fever and you must feed a cold”. My mother is no longer with us, but if she was she would be so proud of the way I am feeding my cold. My only hope is that my cold improves before my trousers fail.
Last night as we washed our Royal Winton Christmas tea service for the last time this year.
The company manufactured a diverse range of tableware and decorative designs. However, it was their Chintzware range of the 1930s that is a favourite amongst collectors and what Royal Winton is now renowned for. The pretty, yet affordable tableware was decorated with an all-over floral pattern. It was produced in large quantities and is desirable to collectors worldwide with breakfast sets and stacking tea sets being particularly popular.
The ‘Hazel’ and ‘Julia’ designs are among the most collectable now. ‘Sweet Pea’ (pictured), introduced in 1936, is also highly sought after. Royal Winton wares were moulded, glazed and covered with the transfer-printed pattern and then re-glazed. It can suffer from crazing. However, this should not affect its desirability or its price provided that the piece is in otherwise good condition with no hairline cracks or hand-painted restoration. Restoration is unacceptable in Chintzware except on the base so it is vital to check for damage, cracks and fading as this significantly affects the price. The value and collectability of Royal Winton ‘Chintzware’ lies in crisp, clear patterns and irregular shapes.