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Royal Albert Heritage


The story of Royal Albert stretches back over 150 years ago. Whilst the Royal Albert brand was created in 1904, its roots are to be found in the Albert works, built in 1846. The Albert works were named after Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, whom she married in 1840.

The Albert Works specialised in affordable tea, breakfast and dessert wares with floral designs. On the 19th century ads, one could read:

“Choice of tea and breakfast sets in a great variety of shapes and patterns of the latest designs”

“For price and quality none can excel “



Royal Albert was made famous by Thomas Wilde and his sons Fred and Tom for its production of bone china tea and breakfast sets.

English bone china was admired for its lightness, translucency and its soft subtle almost pearly white quality. Much approved of by the tea-party hostess of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

A traveling reporter for the Pottery Gazette of 1898 commented “… the tea-cups are particularly fine lipped, a feature much loved by the ladies”.

For over 150 years, Royal Albert has cherished its heritage and our bone china floral tea cups are still our hero pieces today.



Thomas Wild Snr & Son, Thomas C Wild, bought the Albert Works in Longton, Stoke on Trent.  Built in 1846 The Albert Works had been named after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s Consort.


Thomas Wild and Co produced a range of Commemorative Pieces for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, which led to the presentation of a Royal Warrant.


Thomas Wild & Co, as a result of the Royal Warrant and for its many links to the Royal Household, took the name Royal Albert.


Inspired by the Fondness for English cottage gardens and shady woods, the Royal Albert floral style developed from early Victorian chintz to Art Deco floral patterns.


Old Country Roses, launched in 1962, was based on an older Royal Albert Pattern called Kings Ransom. Still one of the best selling Fine Bone China patterns today, it has sold more than 150 million pieces since its introduction


The company name was registered in 1906. The 100 Years Collection launched in 2006   celebrated all the patterns created over the past ten decades.

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