Royal Worcester hand painted coffee cans (demitasse cups) and saucers, signed J. Stinton, set of 6, dated 1925.
The porcelain painter was John Stinton Junior (1854-1956), who painted for Royal Worcester 1902-38, specializing in landscapes, castles and highland cattle. This magnificent set features a different castle ruin on each of the 12 pieces, from all over the United Kingdom. The scenes include Bothwell, Blackrock, Carew, Chepstow, Kilchurn, Norham, Richmond and Ross Castles.
Two of the cups have small hairline cracks on the bottoms.
The original presentation box shows wear consistent with age and use.
The cups are 2” (5.1cm) high.
The saucers are 4 1/4” (10.8cm) diameter.
The set was a wedding gift to Allen Edmund Renfrew on September 17, 1927 from Harry & Florence Rothwell-Jackson. H. Rothwell-Jackson was a Major in the R.F.A., the Royal Fleet Auxiliary of Great Britain. The original gift enclosure is included with the set.
Allen Renfrew is one of the founders of Holt, Renfrew & Co., a significant retailer in Canada with roots back to 1837 in Montreal, PQ. The company started in the fur business, with Queen Victoria honouring the company with the title “Furriers in Ordinary” in 1886. In the early 20th century Queen Alexandra gave the company a Royal Warrant.