For years, chintz patterns have been highly collectible. The name most commonly associated with the luxurious floral designs is Royal Winton. The Replacements, Ltd. Museum features a large collection of pieces by this amazing company, including the unique stackable tea set that is imaged below. The very rare "mini" set featured below consists of a teapot, sugar bowl, and creamer.
Chintz dates back to the early 17th century. Chintz designs became popular with the import of Indian fabrics that were covered in busy floral designs. Some chintz patterns even featured exotic birds. The Royal Winton Company has a long history that dates back to 1885. Two brothers, Leonard Lumsden Grimwade and Sidney Richard, opened the Grimwade Brothers Factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England. In 1913, King George V and Queen Mary visited the Grimwade Factory. To commemorate the event, the Grimwade brothers molded a ceramic foot warmer as a gift to the royal couple.
The Grimwade Brothers Factory soon changed its name to Royal Winton. In 1928, the company released its first chintz pattern, entitled, “ Marguerite.” The pattern was an immediate sales success. Royal Winton continued producing chintz patterns until the 1960’s. The high cost of production and the painstaking work involved in decorating chintz pieces caused the company to discontinue production of the elaborate designs. Because Royal Winton produced chintz lines for such a short period of time, their chintz patterns have become highly collectible. Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of chintz patterns made by this amazing company, including, “ Summertime,” “ Old Cottage Chintz,” and “ Welbeck.” If you would like to see a complete list of patterns carried by Replacements, Ltd. by Royal Winton, then please click here.