20th-century German cup, saucer worth $45 to $55


April 24, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I am curious about a cup and saucer that I have. They are decorated with large, open blossoms in yellow-gold and red with green leaves. Each is marked on the back "SMF -- Schramberg -- Germany."

Can you tell me when they were made and estimate the current value? Is this pattern still available for purchase?

A: Your cup and saucer were made by Schramberger Majolica Factory in Schramberg, Wurttemberg, Germany. The firm opened in 1918 and has been manufacturing stoneware, porcelain and majolica ever since.

Much of their ware was hand-painted and decorated with unconventional shapes and equally unusual garish colors. Because of the bizarre shapes, vivid colors and less expensive ++ price range, it was sometimes called the "poor man's Clarice Cliff."

Your cup and saucer are 20th-century pieces. To find out if it is still being produced you could write to the company. The two pieces would probably be worth about $45 to $55 in good condition.

Q: I have six plates that are 7 inches in diameter. They are decorated with scenes of medieval potters at work. The back of each plate is marked "The American Potter Joint Exhibit of Capital and Labor -- New York World's Fair -- 1939."

What are they worth?

A: Memorabilia from the various world's fairs include items such as ashtrays, maps, cards, compacts and plates. The theme for the New York World's Fair of 1939 was "The World of Tomorrow."

Your plates would probably be worth $30 each in good condition.

Q: My grandmother gave me a cut-glass perfume bottle that has been in the family for years. It is clear glass, has a frosted stopper and is 4 1/2 inches high. On the bottom are the words "Made in Czechoslovakia."

Could you tell me what it's worth?

A: Objects marked "Made in Czechoslovakia" were made after 1918 when Czechoslovakia became an independent republic.

Between 1918 and World War II, an acid-etched mark was used on most pieces.

Cut-glass and Bohemian-type etched glass were produced for export to America.

Your perfume bottle was made sometime between 1918 and 1938. It would probably be worth about $50.

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Letters with pictures are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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