Duchess is one of the few remaining Fine Bone China manufacturers in the UK and is 100% British. They do not import any chinaware. It is all made in their factory in the traditional heartland of the potteries, Stoke On Trent.
All of the ware supplied by Duchess China Ltd is 100% made and decorated in the UK. The staff are descended from generations of local families who have always been in the business of making chinaware.
Established in 1888, Duchess China manufactures a wide tableware range, from cups and saucers, to Teapots, Soup Tureens and vegetable dishes.
Fine Bone China is categorized as having more than 45% animal bone within the formulation, and it is this constituent that give it its strength and translucent qualities when combined with Cornish China Clay and Feldspars.
A fine bone china product will go through over 15 different manufacturing processes and has three ceramic firings, and four if it is finished with gold decoration. This excludes the initial design and modelling of the shape, design fitting and reproduction of the ‘Lithographs’ to be applied to the mugs. Ceramic manufacturing is still a labour intensive process and accounts for over half the manufacturing cost of the product, you are not only getting a great looking product but can be assured that you are supporting British jobs.
The manufacturing process still has its roots firmly planted in a traditional, and environmentally sustainable process. The elegant exclusive designs date back over 50 years, with modern screen printed Lithographs with fantastic detail which are still applied by hand. The highly skilled workforce at Duchess have over 300 years experience between them, and enable the final product to retain outstanding durability and colour vibrancy.