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The Fascinating History of Fine Bone China

Fine bone china is a type of porcelain that has been popular for centuries.

Known for its delicate appearance and thinness, fine bone china was first developed in England in the 18th century, and it quickly became a favourite among the aristocracy. 

In this blog post, we will take a look at the fascinating history of English fine bone china!

What is Bone China?

Bone china is a form of porcelain made up of bone ash, feldspathic material, and kaolin. Popular in England since the 18th century, terms like “china”, “porcelain”, “English porcelain”, all refer to fine bone china, both in the UK and around the world. 

For almost two centuries, bone china was produced exclusively in the United Kingdom.

The Origin

The first recorded use of fine bone china was in England in 1748. 

A porcelain factory in Worcester, England began producing a new type of porcelain that contained bone ash. This new type of porcelain was much thinner and more delicate than the other types of porcelain that were available at the time. 

It quickly became a favourite among the English aristocracy.

English Fine Bone China

In the 19th century, fine bone china factories began popping up all over England. 

The most famous of these factories was Royal Worcester, which was founded in 1862. 

For most of its history, bone china was exclusively an English creation, with Stoke-on-Trent serving as the primary manufacturing hub.

Spode, Worcester, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, and Mintons are just a few of the big English companies that have or continue to make it. 

Royal Worcester  is one of the leading manufacturers of fine bone china.

Around the World

Fine bone china quickly became popular all over the world.

In the United States, factories such as Lenox and Wedgwood began producing their own versions of fine bone china. 

Over the last several decades, China’s ceramic industry has grown significantly, and it is now the world’s largest producer of bone china.

Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are among the other countries that produce a lot of bone china.

Today, fine bone china is still a favourite among many people. It is often used for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries.

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