Here's a little vase of flowers from the garden waiting for me at my parents' house. It's a very kitsch little vase - but it's about the first Christmas present that I bought my mother (when I was how old? 10, 11?) that wasn't something from Woolworths. Hold it up, and underneath it says "Crown Staffordshire" - manufacturers of porcelain at the Minerva Works, Fenton, from c. 1889-1985. Never, to be sure, a high end company - but I thought I'd purchased something very precious indeed, at the time.