Bowl marked with serpent is Belleek


September 25, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: The dish in this photo has been in my family for many years. It is about 5 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. On the bottom it is marked with a twisted serpent and the words "Willets -- Belleek."

Is my bowl Belleek china? Could you tell me something about the manufacturer, its vintage and value?

A: Your bowl, quite possibly a soup bowl, is an example of American Belleek. It was made by Willets Manufacturing Co., in Trenton, N.J. This mark was used from 1879 to 1912. The value of this bowl would probably be about $275 to $325 in good condition.

Q: My mother gave me my grandmother's teapot, creamer and sugar. They have a glossy pink glaze and are decorated with large blue flowers and green leaves. The handles and the lids are gold. On the bottom of each piece are the words "Hull -- Art -- U.S.A."

A: Hull Pottery in Crooksville, Ohio, was established in 1905 and is currently still operating. Pieces marked "Hull -- Art -- U.S.A." were made before 1950. An "H" in a diamond or in a circle were the marks used from 1908 to 1930. Depending on the condition, your tea set would probably be worth about $200.

Q: I have a miniature kitchen stove complete with cooking utensils. It is made of cast iron with a silvered finish. The name "Eclipse" is embossed on the oven door. Is this a salesman's sample or a child's toy?

A: Your stove is a salesman's sample from the late 1800s. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, traveling salesmen used these diminutive models of their products to show potential customers. The value of your stove would probably be about $900.

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