Downton Abbey Decor Chinese Bowl & Plate

Lady Violet and Chinese Bowl
Lady Violet and Chinese Bowl

Lady Violet played by Dame Maggie Smith presents flowers from Lord Merton to Mrs Crawley in a Chinese Bowl.  A closer look at the pattern on the bowl indicates a Chinese rose medallion Canton style pattern. Chinese decorative plates in a simlar pattern were used as set dressing in various locations on the Downton Abbey sets.

Lady Edith and Chinese Plate in Downton Abbey
Lady Edith and Chinese Plate in Downton Abbey
More views of the Canton porcelain plate with Lady cora on Downton Abbey
 Canton porcelain plate with Lady cora on Downton Abbey

Similar bowls can be found on eBay at a range of prices. Click Here for a current selection of chinese bowls.   and HERE for Plates. In fact many of the Downton Abbey props were sourced on eBay according to Donal Woods, Production Designer.

Downton Abbey: Lady Violet’s Silver Tea Service

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Lady Violet, Dowager countess of Grantham played by Dame Maggie Smith serves tea from her Sheffield silver tea service. Her silver tea set with silver tea kettle is an antique Victorian silver tea service similar to those made by Martin & Hall, or Robert Harper of Sheffield.

Martin & Hall Sheffield
Martin & Hall Sheffield
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Victorian Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service
Victorian Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service $5,755.00
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Victorian Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service
Victorian Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service $5,211.83
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4 PC FB Rogers 1883 Victorian Coffee Tea Service Set Silverplate
4 PC FB Rogers 1883 Victorian Coffee Tea Service Set Silverplate $30.00
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A Victorian 3 Piece Silver Plated Tea Service with Engraved Design
A Victorian 3 Piece Silver Plated Tea Service with Engraved Design $39.57
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Get the look: Lady Mary Crawley’s Breakfast China

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Lady Mary Crawley's Breakfast Tray -Spode Stafford White China Cup and saucer, Crown Derby Creamer Jug

Going all out for a full set of Downton Abbey style fine china may not be practical or affordable on a limited budget. A fine china breakfast tray setting is an affordable luxury and perfect for a stylish breakfast in bed. Take inspiration from Lady Mary Crawley's breakfast tray. On the Downton Abbey set they used  Spode Stafford White china with a custom Downton Abbey crest but otherwise identical to the pieces you can buy online  See a selection here on eBay. Also on Lady Mary's tray is a tall cream jug from Royal Crown Derby with a distinctive panel on the side. The example above has a green colorway.  Here is another example with Red detailing.

Royal Crown Derby Panel Large Creamer
Royal Crown Derby Panel Large Creamer seen on eBay

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Downton Abbey: The Empire Typewriter

The Empire Typewriter as seen on Downton Abbey

The Empire typewriter patented in 1892 was seen on an early episode of Downton Abbey. The Empire typewriter was first manufactured by Williams Mfg. Co. , Montreal, Canada and Plattsburgh U.S. In 1924 production moved to British Typewriters Ltd. West Bromwich,Staffordshire, England

A similar one was seen on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-EMPIRE-TYPEWRITER-PATENT-1892-shop-display-advertising-office-/151888060585
Reference:   http://www.typewritermuseum.org/collection/index.php3?machine=empire&cat=kf