Plates could run away with doubloons


April 11, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a turkey platter. I also have 12 matching dinner plates, each with a picture of a different game bird. They are marked "Copeland -- Spode -- England."

I would appreciate any information you can provide.

A: Your platter and 12 plates were made in Stoke, England, by W. T. Copeland & Sons Ltd., about 1920. The set would sell for about $325 to $335.

Q: Can you provide any information about a platter with eight matching dinner plates? They are decorated with underwater scenes depicting fish swimming among seaweed.

They are marked with an eagle and "C. Tielsch -- Germany."

A: This fish set was made by the Tielsch company in Altwasser, Germany, during the early 20th century. It might sell in the $325-to-$335 range.

Q: What can you tell me about a porcelain powder jar with a picture of an old-fashioned girl on the lid? It is marked "Erphila -- Germany."

A: Your powder jar was imported from Germany in the 1920-1940 period. It would probably sell for about $125 to $135.

According to noted expert John F. Hotchkiss, "Erphila" was an import trademark used by Ebling & Reuss in Philadelphia.

Q: I have an octagon-shaped, hammered brass tray that has been in my family for generations. On the back of the tray is an unusual trademark. There is an "R" inside a circle, topped by a straight line about one-third from the top of the circle with a vertical line with two crossbars.

Would you be able to tell me the age, origin and value of this tray?

A: Your tray was made by Roycrofters, a company founded in East Aurora, N.Y., about 1900 by Elbert Hubbard. It would probably sell for about $165 to $185.

Q: recently bought a Japanese woodblock print at a garage sale. was told by a frame shop that it was an original. The following is printed on the back:

"Woodblock print, 'Kameyama, one of the tokaido 53 stations' by Hiroshige Ando -- 1797-1858.

"No. 47 Kameyama (Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture).

"The morning has dawned on the snow covered Kameyama. The glowing eastern sky is beautiful in contrast to the silvery world. Travelers on horseback and on foot are going up the steep mountain road in a line."

Can you tell me the value of this woodblock print?

A: If this is authentic, the value would be at least $1,000. Take it to a museum where they can actually examine it and perhaps authenticate it.

Letters with pictures are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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