The Florentine China series has 12 known different patterns as listed in the TCC Database. The Florentine series was produced by Samuel Alcock, in business from 1828-1859. Some say the series was made in the 1830s-40s; however, if your parents received "Toronto" pattern dishes around 1959, perhaps the pattern was continued throughout Alcock's tenure. This pattern has the same center view on all pieces of a dinner service. Petra Williams on p. 674 in her book "Staffordshire Romantic Transfer Patterns" described the pattern, "The rim of this saucer is covered with a design that resembles flag bunting. The outer edge is decorated with a row of short slanting lines, and the upper rim is covered with a wallpaper type design of vertical stripes between vertical sprigs. The design that appears on the outer edge also encircles the well. In the center of the dish there is a six pointed star composed of striped triangles. Striped spikes are placed behind the star." We know that teawares were also produced because the description above was from a saucer in "Toronto" pattern. Enjoy your lovely dishes!
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