Types of Moss Rose China

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Types of Moss Rose China
This tea set exhibits a moss rose pattern. (coffee set image by Werg from Fotolia.com)

Moss rose china derives its name from a popular pink-hued flower of the Victorian era. This rose emblazons various types of dish ware, which first gained popularity in the early 1800s. Though moss rose china is its own china subcategory, collectors divide this dish ware into types based on where it came from, what sort of dish it is, who made it and how old it is, among other distinctions.

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Country of Origin

Collectors divide moss rose china by type based on its country of origin. Moss rose china originates from England, whose Victorian society first decorated dishware with moss rose flower designs. Other European nations, including France and Germany, soon followed suit with their own types. In the following years, Japan began to produce its style of moss rose china.

Dish Types

Moss rose china can be divided by type based on the sort of dish it is. Most moss rose china comes in varying types of dishware sets, including tea sets, dresser sets, dessert sets and dinnerware sets. Some of these types of sets---such as Japanese snack sets---contain as little as two or as many as 130 pieces. Children's moss rose play-sets compose their own type of moss rose china. Individual types of dishes include chamber pieces, tea pots, saucers, tea cups, cream containers and sugar bowls.

Types of Moss Rose China
Moss rose dishes such as these usually come as part of a set. (cup of tea image by Victor M. from Fotolia.com)

Era

The oldest types of moss rose china originate from the early 1800s. The china was produced constantly until the end of the 19th century. The early 20th century saw a pause in the manufacture of moss rose china, until new types of the dishware were produced following World War II. Post-World War II types tend to be of Asian origin, often distributed by American companies. This type of moss rose china was sold until the mid-1960s.

Manufacturer

Various manufacturers produced their own types, or brands, of moss rose china. Manufacturers include potteries such as Wedgwood, Royal Albert, Alfred Meakin, Rosenthal and Johann Haviland. Large-scale manufacturers include Montgomery Ward and the Lefton China Company. Other potters and manufacturers who made their own types of moss rose china included Homer Laughlin, Canonsburg, Chodiez, Diamond China, Japan Fine China, Knowles, Paden City Pottery, Royal Kent, Thames, Universal, Walbrzych and W.S. George.

Line

Perhaps most specifically, collectors divide moss rose china into types based on the individual lines produced by various manufacturers. For instance, Canonsburg's American Beauty line features three decals of pink moss rose sprigs. Royal Kent's Eternal Rose line features decals of a darker red rose colour, accented by flowing vines. The Universal UNI 22 line features rings of moss rose leaves accented by very pale pink flowers. Other lines include Paden City's Old Rose, Walbrzych's Vienna Rose, Lipper and Mann's Pompadour Rose, and Virginia Rose's Fluffy Rose.

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