Royal Albert or “Royal Albert”?

Royal Albert China has been sold and collected around the world for over 100 years. The Dinnerware line is extensive from plain to fancy, with gold or platinum trim. Some of the more popular patterns are Old Country Roses, Blossom Time or Val d’Or. Many of us have sets of this dinnerware, either given to us as wedding gifts or inherited from family members. Sometimes we’re looking to expand our set or replace that missing gravy boat Uncle Charlie broke last Thanksgiving when he had too much ‘sauce’. These sets were purchased for a fortune many years ago at retailers such as Birks or The Bay but
today you can find some of the same patterns at greatly reduced prices at some of the Wholesale stores…..right? Be Careful!

The challenge these days is finding Royal Albert Made in England. Royal Doulton, the parent company was sold to Waterford Wedgwood in 2005, and the newer items are being made in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. The purists among us believe that the quality is not the same. If the backstamp on the china just says “Royal Albert” and does NOT say “ENGLAND”, then it wasn’t made there.

Here at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall you will find actual vintage “Made in England” Royal Albert China. Check out the backstamp on our china. And…….chances are……it’s the same price as that Wholesale store.

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