Over the years, many manufacturers like Royal Grafton, Spode, Rosina, Queen Anne, and Limoges have celebrated the holiday season with their version of Christmas inspired patterns. Join me as we look at some of the Royal Albert Christmas patterns produced over the year.
Royal Albert’s Most Recognized Christmas Pattern
Royal Albert’s Poinsettia is probably one of the most easily recognized Royal Albert Christmas patterns. It was first created in 1976 and was produced until 1997 in the Montrose shape. If you are not familiar with shape names, you can read our blogs A Study of Royal Albert Cup Shapes – Part 1 and A Study of Royal Albert Cup Shapes – Part 2. Royal Albert made several gift items like bridal baskets, bud vases, bells, shoes, and candlesticks as well as a full line of dinnerware.
The Forgotten Sister-Yuletide
When it was initially developed in the 1950s, Royal Albert chose the Avon and Malvern shape to showcase this festive design made up of holly sprigs and berries dotted with gold atomic-style stars in the background. As they re-released in it 1996, they chose the Montrose shape and switched the design to showcase poinsettia flowers we see today. There is a rare pink version as well. The production of the Royal Albert Yuletide pattern came to an end in 2001. It seems to be the forgotten sister as most people prefer Poinsettia over Yuletide despite their similarities.
Poinsettia and Yuletide are not the only Royal Albert Christmas patterns. They also produced several variations of the Old Country Roses specifically for the holidays. Christmas Magic Old Country Roses was in production for just 3 short years from 1990 until 1993. This pattern is decorated with a Christmas tree with gifts at the base.
Royal Albert Old Country Roses Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree- Old Country Roses which is similar and features a slightly different Christmas tree has no gifts at the base but includes a ribbon in the background. This pattern was established in 2012 and is still in production today.
Royal Albert made a series of collector’s plates in 1990 and continued production in the 2000s. Each year features a different Christmas scene.
An Unintentional Christmas Pattern
In the 1950s, Royal Albert released a series called Flower of the Month. Instead of having patterns named for each month like their 1970s series, this series simply featured the name of the flower and the number of the month. The pattern representing December was known as Holly, no 12. It wasn’t specifically made as a Christmas pattern but fits in nicely with festive decor during the holiday season.
In a completely different Flower of the Month Series produced by Royal Albert in the 1970s, the December teacup features a Christmas Rose. These Montrose shaped teacups are still produced but no longer feature the Made in England. If you are looking for a vintage piece, be sure to examine the back stamp to see where your teacup and saucer were produced. It dresses up a Christmas table and also makes a great birthday gift.
The patterns listed here are no means an extensive list. Royal Albert produced many Christmas patterns like South Pacific, countless variations of Old Country Roses with a Christmas theme, Holiday and Pink Chintz. With the quality and creativity of Royal Albert’s artists, it’s no surprise that they stocked a large number of different motifs. To see a full list of holiday-inspired designs and styles, please visit www.royalalbertpatterns.com
To add some holiday delight to your collection, check out The Teacup Attic’s 2019 holiday catalog here.
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