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bone china

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A type of porcelain containing bone ash, making it pure white, hard, and translucent. A patent was first taken out in the 1740s by Thomas Fry at Bow for the use of bone ash, but bone china in its present form was first introduced by Spode in 1796–7. Softer than hard-paste porcelain, more durable and economical than soft-paste, it became the standard English porcelain body in the 19th century and is still used today.

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