Decorated platter may be worth $200


June 12, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I have a platter that has been in my family for years. The size is 15 by 12 inches and the color is a lavender-gray brown. On the back are the words "Ironstone -- Abbey -- L.P. & Co."

It is decorated with a scene of the ruins of a Gothic church, trees, figures standing in front of a stream and two seated females. The rim has cartouches that contain pictures of the church.

Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

A: Your platter is an example of mulberry ware. It was made by Livesley Powell & Co., England, circa 1855. Many Staffordshire potters made this ware from 1835 to 1855.

The shades of Mulberry vary from gray brown to purplish brown. Scenes of ancient ruins were popular motifs for ironstone. Engravings were frequently the source of these transfer patterns. Your platter would be worth about $175 to $200.

Q: I bought a glass pitcher at a sale. It is 9 inches high. There are alternating panels of Gothic arches filled with daisy and button designs and with frosted figures of goddesses. The base is supported by "log" feet. Would you please tell me what its approximate value is, and when it was made?

A: This is a nonflint glass water pitcher. It was made by Gillinder & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., 1875. The name of the pattern is Classic. A water pitcher in the Classic pattern is listed in "The Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, 1994," edited by Kyle Husfloen, at $425 in excellent condition.

Q: Recently in your column you answered a question on porcelain that was marked "Haviland & Co." I have a 77-piece, service for 12, dinner set that is marked "Theodore Haviland -- Limoges -- France."

What is the difference between these two marks and what is my set worth?

A: The Haviland China Co. was founded in 1838 by David Haviland and his brother Daniel. After the death of David, the partnership was dissolved by his sons. Theodore ventured out on his own and formed the Theodore Haviland & Co. in 1892. Charles continued to produce porcelain under the name Haviland & Co. Various marks have been used over the years, including "Haviland, France"; "Haviland & Co. Limoges"; and "H. & CO."

A service for 12 dinner set marked "Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France," is listed at $1,200 in "Warman's Antiques and Their

Prices," edited by Harry L. Rinker.

Book review

"Advertising Character Collectibles, an Identification and Value Guide" by Warren Dotz (Collector Books) is devoted to three-dimensional figural advertising. Glossy, colorful photos for each character; complete, accurate descriptions; fascinating facts and current prices -- it's all here in this excellent reference guide.

If you want to know how Alfred E. Neuman got his name, whatever happened to "Speedy Alka-Seltzer" or the value of a "Trix Rabbit" figure, your search is over. This book will bring you up to speed in the wonderful world of advertising collectibles.

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

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