Vintage Portmeirion Serif Shaped Tall Coffee Can & Saucer in the Sailing Ships design, by Susan Williams-Ellis.
This is a rarely available serif tall coffee can and saucer. A fabulous retro item that looks fantastic on display despite having some age related crazing of the glaze. There are also two small chips to the base of the mug. Please see the photographs.
Cup 5 in (13 cm) tall
2.5 in (6 cm) diam
5 in (13 cm) diam
The Sailing Ships design is one of the earliest designs used by Portmeirion, coming from one of very few designs from Gray's Pottery that Susan Williams-Ellis liked enough to continue using after Portmeirion had taken over Gray's. From 1962 the large range of Sailing Ships and the Mariner's Compass motif were reused on Susan's cylinder design and were used on coffee sets, covered boxes, tankards, plates, chamber pots, storage jars etc. The fashionable turquoise colour was introduced in the late sixties and continued into the seventies, until the last stocks of the print were destroyed in the Portmeirion fire in 1978. This range has now become highly collectable.