Flow Blue plate was made soon after event it shows Market Value: British manufacturers James and Ralph Clews probably made "Landing of Lafayette" plate in early 1800s.


March 31, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,COWLES SYNDICATE

I have a Flow Blue plate picturing the landing of General Lafayette at Castle Garden, N.Y., Aug. 16, 1824. There are some letters on the back that I can't read. There is another mark that says, "Wright Tyndal & Van Roden, Philadelphia." How old is it?

The letters you can't read on the back of your plate probably say "Staffordshire Clew Warranted." British manufacturers James and Ralph Clews made many sizes of the "Landing of Lafayette" plate.

The other name is probably the name of the American importer.

Your plate was made between 1824 and 1836, when the Clewses went out of business.

While cleaning out my grandmother's house, I found some old greeting cards. The front of one of the cards had a photograph of a woman in an old-fashioned dress. Under the picture was the signature "Wallace Nutting." What is the card's value?

Wallace Nutting was an author, photographer and furniture maker who worked from 1910 to 1941. He became famous by photographing models in period dress surrounded by furniture and trappings of the Colonial era.

In 1915 he used copies of his photographs to produce about 25 greeting cards. The cards celebrated Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, friendship and a new home.

The cards are hard to find, and in good condition sell for $100 to $250 each.

Is it true that the Smith brothers on the cough-drop box are named "Trade" and "Mark"?

Of course not. They were William and Andrew Smith.

After the famous woodblock design for the box label was made, the joke was to call William "Trade," and Andrew "Mark." Those are the words that appeared under their picture.

The Smiths were from Scotland. They started making their medicated throat lozenges in 1852 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The company is still making cough drops sold in a box showing the two Smiths.

My grandmother gave me a mirror with a stenciled mark on the back. It says "John Sargeant, looking glass manufacturer, Superior St., Cleveland, Ohio." How old is it?

John Sargeant worked in Cleveland from 1837 to 1863.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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