Dating antique tea caddies
The use of the word "royal" before the company name was typically used after 1850.
The use of the term "LTD" or " Limited" appear mostly after 1860. The use of registration numbers such as "Rd No.10057" started in 1884.
You may find some items with your tea cups that are not immediately identifiable.
This is because antique tea cups were around before tea bags.
This is a staggering statistic when you consider that the population of the United States during the same year was less than 97.5 million people.
Cross reference the markings on the china to your books for information about maker and current value.
Sometimes you may need to visit a library or antique store to learn more about a mysterious cup sans markings, but that's all part of the fun.
For example, a photo of your grandmother drinking tea with a past president using these tea cups would make them extremely valuable.
Research the mark on the bottom of the pieces to determine their approximate age and maker.