Platter from Staffordshire could be worth $325 to $350


February 27, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a platter, light blue and white, given to me 20 years ago by an elderly lady. It is 18 by 14 inches, with "View of Newburgh," and "Jackson Warranted" in a scroll on the back.

What can you tell me about my platter?

A: Your platter was made by Churchyard Works, operated by Job and John Jackson in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, between 1831 and 1843. It is a historic view of Newburgh, N.Y., along the Hudson River.

Most of the Staffordshire potters had a border by which they could be identified. The wreath of flowers, beaded band and white margin on the platter are all typical border designs of J.&.J. Jackson.

Your Staffordshire platter would probably fetch about $325 to $350.

Q: I have a fruit bowl in a basket-weave design that belonged to my mother. It is 7 inches in diameter. It is marked with a gold crown, the name "Lefton China" and "Hand Painted."

I would appreciate your comments as to the value and vintage.

A: Lefton China imported novelty items from Europe and Japan. Your bowl was made in the early 20th century. Its value would be about $35 to $45.

Q: I inherited an oak sideboard, 44 inches high with a plate rack above the rectangular top. There are two drawers above the cabinet doors, it has plain straight legs and is in good condition.

It is marked Stickley Bros. Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Is my sideboard Mission Oak? What is it worth?

A: Mission Oak evolved from the American arts and crafts movement that began in the 1880s. It was a response to ornate, overly decorated Victorian furniture.

The style was simple and functional, the lines straight and the wood usually was solid oak.

The name Mission may refer to a Southwestern influence or possibly a "mission" to do away with all the curves and curlicues of the Victorian era.

Your Mission Oak sideboard was made by Stickley Bros. around 1900.

It would probably sell for about $1,200 to $1,500.

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