I collect Royal Doulton Countess china – the old Countess, not the nasty new lattice one. It’s hard to find, though, so I’m always on the lookout. I often see items listed on eBay, but it’s generally quite expensive, while most of my most treasured pieces have been found at car boot sales and auctions for mere pennies. And some lovely friends gave me a whole box of Countess bits a couple of years ago when I moved to Cornwall from Pembrokeshire.
I’m not sure of the exact history of the pattern, but I think most of my pieces date from the 1910s and ’20s.
It’s also the pattern used by the divine Dorcas Lane in the BBC adaptation of Larkrise to Candleford! You can see it at about 3:40 here. Oh, how I covet her Welsh dresser full of Countess china.