Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Royal Delft

The thimble pictured at left is one of five available from Delft Wares. It is $50.00 plus S/H. The others in the line vary in price from $36.95 ("sale" price, usually $50.00) to $58.00. They are made by De Porceleyne Fles (The Porcelain Bottle) Factory in Delft in the Netherlands. The website has a lot of information about Delft wares. For example, De Porceleyne Fles is the delftware factory that produces "genuine Royal Delft," having been honored with the prefix Koninklijke, or Royal, by Queen Wilhelmina in 1919. The site further mentions that the word Royal is not included in the factory's mark, and that "if it says Royal Delft on the item, it's not genuine" Royal Delft.
In addition to the regular Delftware, they also have Dutch tiles (Westraven and Royal Delft), Gouda Pottery, and personalized Royal Delft birth, wedding, and anniversary plates.
A gentle warning: "Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery." Ouch! They note that expedited delivery is available for an additional charge.

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