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I'm hoping to identify when my x3 great grandmother's cup

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Hi, I'm hoping to identify when my x3 great grandmother's cup and saucer were made and by what company.
She brought it out to Australia from Scotland in 1873. It is translucent when held to the light, has four feet, has gold and is hand painted, although rose may be a decal.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

Is there a mark on the bottom of the cup or saucer? Please use the Add Files feature on your screen to add pictures of any marks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is on the cup but not the saucer. It's a gold hand painted 20.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hoping these are coming through ok. I'm have difficulties adding files.
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

This is a German circa 1890-1910 footed demitasse cup and

saucer in cobalt with transfer rose decoration and applied gold filigree.

The German pieces from this time period were rarely marked with maker or country

and commonly had just a number denoting the paint scheme or shape, an inner factory


I realize this does not match your family story at all,

but I am pledged to be honest.

The value of this cup and saucer is $30USD or 39AUD.

It is important for you to click the stars after you have read this answer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't believe it is a demitasse cup as it is a standard size teacup, not a small, half cup or child size cup. It doesn't seem to match this the description.
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

Understood, from the photos it looked like a smaller size. That is simply the disadvantage of not seeing it in person

to have a size reference.

All other details would remain the same and the price would be the same as well.

I can guarantee that this is a German piece and not a Scottish or English piece from the 1870's. This type of

filigree application and transfer was not yet being used in this manner until 20 years later.

Please do click the stars after you have read this answer.