Ankara is one of the most common Charlotte Rhead designs, but about a half of the sample seen were produced after Charlotte had left Richardsons and a half of these carry the backstamp that dates to the mid-1950s.
There is an enormous variation in the green lustre used in decorating Ankara. Mostly it is a dull green like that on the vase in the photograph, but it can be almost brown, a dark green or replaced with a pearlescent pink.
Halfway through the 1950s Crown Ducal re-released the design in a completely different colour scheme of dull red and pink and gave it a new number of 6778. This featured in an article about the company in the April 1955 issue of Pottery & Glass.