I could be wrong, but I don't think it is a reproduction. My feeling is that the plate with the gold decoration was made during a later period. The earliest that this style was made, as far as I can tell, is 1851 based on registry dates and other information. The use of Greek forms is nothing new, there are other patterns that used them ("Classical Antiquities" reg 1849 by Clementson) among others even earlier, but they are not really the style we are discussing. There is evidence that others, who changed partners or took over firms such as Cork, Edge Malkin & Co, Edge Malkin & Co, for example made these patterns into the 1860s or later.
Keep in mind that oxidation can be tricky. I have a number of transferware samples from the 1850s (based on a company's production dates) that look like new but also have others from the 1880s that have turned an ugly brownish tint. When we were excavating the well, we were pulling out loads of "Premier" (mid 1890s) by J & G Meakin. These artifacts, pulled out after over 100 years of deposition from the sealed well, looked like they were buried yesterday - even the fractured edges were still bright white. At one point, my wife even scolded me for breaking the artifacts as I was pulling them out! Of course I wasn't, but the condition of the artifacts made it look that way.
The handles are very uniform because the dishes were made from press molds.
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