Collecting Antique and Vintage Plates and Dishware

Updated on May 3, 2020

Why do people collect plates? Let's face it, most of us do in one way or another. We use plates every day, for simple family meals, or for special occasions, and holidays. But some of us have a few more plates than necessary or practical.

The true allure of collecting dishware is that some people just love it. We love the design, the color, or the pattern. Old plates have a secret history, a silent backstory of conversations over tea; plates hauled across oceans, or bought when a family moved up the socioeconomic ladder and were suddenly able to afford pretty instead of merely useful.

We've picked up dishware at flea markets or yard sales, eyes caught by the simple beauty of an every day article made remarkable by color or shape.

Sure, some folks purchased collector plates from, say, the Franklin Mint or other sources that once presented plates as an investment. Sadly, for those folks, the "investment" did not hold its value. Few of these types of plates hold any value at all unless you own the complete set.

The History of Porcelain

While pottery is a very old craft, fine porcelain was first produced in China sometime between 960 - 1127 CE (AD). The discovery of kaolin clay made it possible to fire dishware at high temperatures (2200 - 2600 degrees Fahrenheit) creating a brilliant white product.

When Marco Polo returned from the Far East in 1295, he brought ceramic dishes he called "porcella," comparing them to delicate sea shells. The word "porcelain" is derived from "porcella." Eventually, dishes were called "china" based on the country of origin.

Europeans embraced the beautiful dishes with cobalt blue decorations against a bright, white background. Only royalty and the very wealthy could afford fine china. The pagodas, dragons, storks, peonies, lotus flowers, and chrysanthemums of old Chinese porcelain designs remain popular to this day.

Tin-glazed earthenware created in Italy during the Renaissance also became popular. Dark earthenware pottery covered with a tin glaze created a dazzling white surface. (Delftware and Majolica were originally tin-glazed earthenware)

By the 17th century, Chinese porcelain poured into Europe and people began collecting colorful patterns and blue on white dishware with a sort of mania. But Europeans had not been able to reproduce the formula to create their own porcelain.

Meissen Imari style, circa 1730
Meissen Imari style, circa 1730 | Source

18th Century European Porcelain


It wasn't until the early 18th century that Europe was able to make true porcelain. In 1709, the process for the creation of hard paste pocelain was discovered in Germany. Augustus the Strong founded Meissen in 1710, creating luxury china with sophisticated patterns. Old Meissen is highly collectible today, very expensive, and often identified as museum pieces.


King Louis XV of France took a great interest in the production of porcelain. In 1738, he founded a factory at Chateau de Vincennes, then moved production to Sevres in 1758, He presented his soft-paste porcelain at annual sales that he held in his private dining room. Nobles curried the favor of the king by buying up his china.


When kaolinite, the mineral in clay that is a major component of porcelain, was discovered in Limoges, France, the area became synonymous with elegant French tableware.


Wedgewood was founded in the 18th century by Josiah Wedgewood. A genius at marketing, Wedgewood offered his product in catalogs. He set up a London showroom, solicited endorsements from high-society customers, and commissioned designs from prominent artists.


After an apprenticeship, Josiah Spode opened a factory in Stoke-on-Trent in 1770. He refined the process for the production of transfer printing of engraved designs and improved the formula for fine bone china. In 1833, the Spode heirs sold the business to William Taylor Copeland and Thomas Garrett, who renamed the company Copeland and Garrett. But the name Spode lives on.

How to Identify and Value Dishware

Backstamp | Source

Perfectly lovely vintage style dishes can be found quite cheaply at flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales. Old designs are often reproduced, and manufacturers like Johnsonville and Spode offer new versions of old favorites.

Identifying old plates demands a lot of research and education. You cannot always rely on online sellers. An antique dish ought to be at least 100 years old, but items on, say, eBay are often listed as "antique" or "rare" without being so. A true antique or other valuable item will be offered with a detailed product description including manufacturer, date, pattern, country of origin and condition. A real expert will tell you why the item is rare or valuable.

Very old or unique pieces can be very expensive. British Antique Roadshow once featured a large platter that was valued at 100,000 pounds. Face it, plates break. If a high end or special commission piece has lasted 200 years, it's going to be valuable for that reason alone. The chances of finding such a treasure at a yard sale are extremely low.

If a current producer suggests that a "collectible" plate will increase in value, do not believe it. No one can predict the future.

The easiest way to learn the value of any antique is to take it to an appraiser. If you take it to a dealer, remember that they will offer you less than an item's appraised value, because a dealer must consider overhead, marketability, and profit. However, a professional appraisal is very expensive and is used for more valuable pieces.

If you want to research the item yourself, you can attempt to describe the pattern and backstamp on Google Images, or find information online at sites like Replacements LTD or Kovels.

  • Backstamps appear on the bottom of a plate. In general, they were pressed into the surface of pieces made before 1899, so printed stamps mean the dish was made after 1900.
  • A date may indicate when a pattern was introduced, not when the specific item was manufactured.
  • The word "trademark" on an English dish indicates it was made from 1855 on. "LTD" was added to English company names beginning in 1886.
  • If there is no country of origin stated, the plate was probably made before 1891, when the McKinley Tariff Act mandated such information on commercially imported dishware. But this rule of thumb would not apply if your great-grandmother brought a plate to the US from the old country, wrapped up in a quilt.

Plate Varieties

From the 16th to the 18th century, the custom of dining grew more and more elaborate. While 16th century diners shared plates, the French court introduced the concept of separate plates. By the mid 19th century, dining à la russe came into vogue: the Russian style meant that individual plated foods were delivered to each guest.

A wide variety of plates emerged to fit the consumption-oriented Victorians including special plates for lunch, tea, fish, bread, salads, cheeses, and desserts. You can generally identify the type of plate by size. Fish plates usually feature a picture of a fish. Oyster plates have a circle of indentations to hold oysters.

A charger, or service plate, is a decorative placeholder and is 11 - 14 inches in diameter.

Dinner plate: 10 - 11"

Luncheon plate: 9 - 9 1/2"

Salad plate: 8 - 8 1/2"

Bread plate: 6 - 7"

Fish plate: 8 - 9"

Dessert plate: 7 1/4 - 8 1/2"

Cheese plate: 7 1/4"

Tea plates: 7 - 7 1/2"

Transferware: China for the Middle Class

Spode Archive Collection.  This reissue of a traditional transferware pattern features a British castle in a lovely shade of cranberry.
Spode Archive Collection. This reissue of a traditional transferware pattern features a British castle in a lovely shade of cranberry. | Source

Transferware was introduced in the mid 1700s and increased in popularity during the Victoria era. Ink transferred from a copper plate onto damp tissue paper was applied to fired china. The piece was fired again at a relatively low temperature to fix the design, then fired a third time at a higher temperature. The inexpensive mass-produced china became popular with the growing middle class.

Designs were often copies of etchings, and included romantic scenes from the English countryside, quaint town scenes, or views of Italy, India, or China.

Other design motifs included portraits of historical figures, exotic animals, flowers, and scenes from stories or literature. After the War of 1812, English dishware makers began to produce items for the US market that included scenes from well-known American places, natural landmarks, significant buildings, and rail roads.

As scenic designs grew in popularity, many souvenirs were offered to tourists. In the days before everyone had a camera, people would purchase images from their travels on plates. World's Fair plates have been highly collectible ever since London's Great Exhibition in 1856. Souvenir plates can be pretty transferware, or cheaply produced so-ugly-they're-cute.

Depression Glass
Depression Glass | Source

Popular 20th Century Dishware

Fiesta was introduced by Homer Laughlin China Company in 1936 in red, blue, light green, canary yellow, and ivory. Other colors were added in subsequent years, including turquoise, rose, gray, antique gold, and several other shades of green. The line was discontinued in 1973. The plain, brightly colored dishware became hugely collectible and was reintroduced in 1986.

Depression Glass was a type of glass dishware that gained popularity in the 1920s. New manufacturing techniques and materials allowed the production of clear glass plates, bowls, etc. Popular colors included pink green, and gold.

Corelle was introduced in 1970. The light, thin plates, bowls, and cups stored well and stood up to heavy use. Bu laminating three layers of tempered glass, Corning was able to offer a family-friendly product.

Noritake was opened in 1904 by the Morimura Brothers producing products to appeal to Americans in both high-end and budget markets. After World War II , they marketed under the name "Rose China" to avoid negative feelings toward Japan in the postwar years. By 1953, the name Noritake was back, with a new backstamp (the letter "N" inside a wreath), and is today one of the largest producers of dinnerware in the world.

Flow Blue

The blurred, indistinct edges of the pattern illustrate the pretty effect of flow blue
The blurred, indistinct edges of the pattern illustrate the pretty effect of flow blue | Source

Flow Blue is a highly collectible china that was first produced by accident. When the cobalt color ran during firing, it created a smudged appearance. At first deemed a failure, the china was shipped to the United States where it caught on in a big way. The production of Flow Blue ceased during World War I due to shortages of the materials needed.

Blue Willow


Blue Willow has been a popular transferware design since the late 1700s, being reproduced with variations ever since. Blue Willow is the quintessential story plate, illustrating the tragic tale of two lovers. Elements of the design include a slanted tree, a pagoda, a boat, and two doves at the top. The same design produced in other colors (cranberry or brown) is commonly known as Willow Ware.

Satisfaction When You Can't Afford the Best

Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted dishware
Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted dishware | Source

Falling in love with an expensive brand of dishware may make you swoon in secret, but you can duplicate the style for less. Royal Copenhagen's Blue Fluted dishware has been produced since 1775. Its clean, classic look has been copied ever since. Above you can see the real thing on display. Below, you can see Lipper and Man's Blue Fjord, which can be found at one third the price of the original.

Blue Fjord
Blue Fjord | Source

Care and Storage of Vintage Dishware

  • If your favorite plates are recent reproductions of favorite vintage dishware, you can clean them in the dishwasher, but if your dishware is old it's best to avoid using the dishwasher.
  • Clean old dishware in warm water using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Line the sink with a dishtowel to avoid breakage. Rinse with warm water. Sudden changes in water temperature can lead to crazing (a lot of tiny cracks).
  • Dry with a soft cloth.
  • Store older dishware that is not on display in padded containers. Place cushioning material between plates.
  • Do not use vintage dishware in a microwave.

Do not use very old dishes, or dishware that is crazed, chipped, or cracked. Lead may have been used in the production and the damaged surface can allow lead to leach out onto foods.

For Further Reading

There are many books that can help you learn about vintage and antique dishware. Some feature the products of one significant company while others present a more sweeping look at a variety of china. Older books can be helpful as the information does not change over time. Price guides reflect retail pricing. Older price guides will not reflect current values.

Miller's Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Gordon Lang

Kovel's New Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain From 1850 to the Present by Ralph and Terry Kovel

Pictorial Guide to Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Chad Lage

Lehner's Encyclopedia of US Marks on Pottery, Porcelain, and Clay by Lois Lehner

Encyclopedia Of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Geoffrey A. Godden

Dinnerware of the 20th Century The Top 500 Patterns by Harry L. Rinker

Collector's Encyclopedia of American Dinnerware by Jo Cunningham

Dishes by Shax Riegler and Robert Bean

Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges by Mary Frank Gaston

Spode and Copeland: Over Two Hundred Years of Fine China and Porcelain by Schiffer Books for Collectors

Gaston's Flow Blue China by Mary Gaston

Questions & Answers

  • I have a bowl from Grindley, with the sailboat stamp on back, with Grindley then below Tunstall, and below, England. A flowery bowl on the outside and around the edges, with a bunch of flowers inside on the middle bottom. It also has a Y listed in gold on the bottom. The only thing I can find as far as dating it is where Tunstall is and it's said to predate 1891. I have looked everywhere on the internet and cannot find this particular bowl. Where should I look to help identify my Grindley and Tunstall bowl?

    The W. H. Grindley pottery was founded in 1880. Tunstall is an area in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. When you look for information or for books you may also look at Staffordshire pottery.

    Also, when you describe a piece or take notes on it, do not forget to include the color. The area was known for transferware and Flow Blue. You should include that in your search.

    There are many books on the subject so I do not want to list items that may be irrelevant. When you search for a book, you may be looking for one of the terms mentioned above. There are books out there dedicated to Flow Blue Staffordshire, etc.

    Look for your particular backstamp at

    You can also try:

    Late Victorian Flow Blue & Other Ceramic Wares - A Selected History of Potteries, and Shapes from Schiffer Books

  • I have an old pitcher with a P21 mark on the bottom. Do you know what this is?

    When you are trying to understand a piece of pottery or dishware, you need to be more specific in your search query. That pitcher may be made of pewter, silver, pottery, or porcelain. So mention that detail in your search. If you want to find a book on the topic, you will notice that there are informative books out there on many old products.

    If you want to try a Google image search (or indeed any search), you also need to mention the size, color, significant details, and decorations. Also, check to see if there is any other information on the bottom of the pitcher. Marks can include the producer's name or an image that represents the manufacturer. Also, marks change over the years so that can help you pinpoint when the product was made.

    You can find information on maker's marks (or backstamps) in several books:

    "Pictorial Guide to Pottery and Porcelain Marks" by Chad Large

    "Kovel's New Dictionary of Marks - Pottery and Porcelain 1850 - Present" by Ralph Kovel

    "Kovel's Dictionary of Marks Pottery and Porcelain 1650 - 1850" by Ralph and Terry Kovel.

    Remember that an older book will not reflect current values but will help you identify your piece. You can research prices at Kovel's online, Replacements online, or look at sold prices in online auction sites.

  • What type of dinner plate has a cup holder embedded in the plate?

    Smaller plates with cups and cup indentations were produced for snacks, tea parties, or luncheon sets. Many of these sets were made in a variety of colors and patterns. Federal Rosecrest, for example, was an opaque white with a pattern of roses. Federal also made snack plates in clear glass. Their Autumn milk glass featured fall leaves. Hazel Atlas made cute clear apple shaped plates with indentations for cups.

    If you are trying to identify your plates, Google image snack plate, tea plate, or luncheon plate. Include in your search - clear or opaque, color, design of the edge, shape (oval, rectangular, apple shaped), and details of decoration.

    The plate will be of the best value if you also have the cup.

  • I have some place settings of dishes with pattern Romantic England, Penshurst Place, J.&G. Meakin, England. Are these collectibles?

    The J & G Meakin pottery was founded in 1851 producing earthenware and ironstone for export to the United States and Australia. James and George (the J and the G) were brothers of Alfred Meakin another English potter. The Meakin name was no longer in use after 1970. In the 1950s they began to make dishware with romantic landscapes.

    Look at online auction sales for values. Transferware is not very popular with the buying public of today. The sentimental scenes depicted do not fit into the current fashion for sleek, modern design. Personally, I love it and use Johnson Brother's transferware for every day. (Johnson brothers was founded by a relative of John and George Meakin).

    If you want to collect something, make sure you collect what you love, not what you think may be valuable in the future. If you love the old romantic dishware, go for it. It is not fine porcelain, inexpensive, and stands up to use.

    You can search online auction sites to check prices.


  • I have a floral plate measuring approx 23 cm across with no indication of place or company of origin except for the number '2732' hand painted in green with a small upside-down Y and dot underneath. Please advise where this plate may be from?

    You can learn more about your dishware by researching it yourself. Is it pottery or porcelain? Gently tap on the edge of the plate with your fingernail. Porcelain will produce a "ting" sound while pottery sounds like a quiet "thud."

    When a piece of dishware has no maker's mark, the numbers may indicate the person who painted it (as piece work) or the item's pattern.

    Try to find something similar on Google images. Describe the plate in as simple terms as possible. State shape, size, main color, pattern, and trim on the rim. As it is floral, state the type of flower in your description.

    You can check out antique porcelain information with a book. Try Millers Porcelain Antiques Checklist by Paul Davidson or another like it. You can also take the plate to a dealer who specializes in old dishware. Tell them that you don't want to sell, just help with information. Expect to pay a fee but maybe not as much as with an official appraiser. Appraisals can be quite pricey.


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    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      5 weeks ago from East Coast, United States

      Spode produced Rosalie in a variety of colors with small differences from 1894 - 1969 with the most popular version made in the 1930s. You can find more information in a book "Spode and Copeland Marks" by Robert Copeland. You can also learn how to decipher marks by looking for Spode History Dating Spode Pieces online.

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      Cathy Griffin 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a plate from England it has Copeland on top, Spode in the middle and Rosalie on the bottom is there any information on this plate.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      3 months ago from East Coast, United States

      The dish does not seem the right size for a sugar bowl. I think it may be a powder bowl or powder puff bowl. Women used to keep loose powder in a small, wide bowl on their vanities. The bowls are often a part of a vanity or dresser set which may include a small tray, brush, hand mirror, or other accessories.. Powder bowls were made in porcelain, glass, silver, or Bakelite.

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      3 months ago

      Hi, I have a dish I can't identify, it seems like a sugar bowl, but I have no lid. I believe it's porcelain. It is two and a half inches tall, and the rim is four and a half inches across. It is white with a small delicate blue flower with leaves on each side. On the bottom there is an ink stamp that I think says "DORA" or "DORAL". Handwritten by family it says "Mother 1900"

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      5 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Josh - well that sure sounds like fun! If you have only pieces you can search online at Google images. Describe the background color and primary design colors. Mention design themes such as floral (and if so what type of flower), animal (what kind of animal), landscape, or other obvious features.

      If any of the pieces feature makers marks you can look them up at Antique Marks online.

      You may also want to learn about what each piece if made of - is it bone china, earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain? You can learn how to tell the difference online.

      My son gave me a broken piece of old Flow Blue that he found in a river. I was so excited because I love Flow Blue! I made a pendant out of it!

      Good luck in your hunt for information The research can be demanding but a lot of fun. I imagine that you have a lot of patience and will find some kind of helpful information. It may take some time.

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      Josh Y 

      5 months ago

      I have been metal detecting a site In Illinois that was first settled in 1833. I found some pieces of dinnerware and I’m trying to get an idea of the time period when it was created. Is there an email I send send you pictures?

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Myott was a family business established in 1898 in Staffordshire, England. They produced hand painted decorative ceramics in the 1920s - 40s in Art Deco and geometric designs often in fall colors like brown and orange as well as blue and red.

      In the 1940s they produced tableware for the Cunard line. They made inexpensive tableware including blue and white Appletree in the 1930s, and Finlandia (a copy of Royal Copenhagen's Blue Lace, Old Willow in the 1960s, and a line of transferware featuring English country scenes.

      You can find tons of Myott for sale online. Most sites will show the backstamp so you can search for your mark by highlighting the backstamp. Prices for platters range from $9.00 to $30.00.

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      Regina Mason 

      7 months ago

      I have an Antique Serving tray made by Myott, son &co made in England, its hand painted and has a number 7887. Can you tell me what it would sell for. I do have pictures but not sure where to send.

      Thank you

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Cora - try to find a match on Google images. Your pieces may be Spode Copeland Jasperware Fox Hunt. You can also take a look at several of the many books published on the company and its products:

      "Spode and Copeland Marks and Other Relevant Intelligence" by Robert Copeland

      "Spode and Copeland: Over 200 Years of Fine China and Porcelain" by Steven Smith.

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      Cora Barbour 

      9 months ago

      I have spode copeland given to me by my mother in law. Milk and sugar.

      Blue and beige with design of 2 men one riding the horse and group of dogs eating , couple of trees around them. 3 dimension. Made in England. Just want to know more information . Too bad can show images.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      9 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Karen - thank you. I can only suggest that you try Google images to see if you find something similar. I did spot a Gold Coast pattern with raised gold edging and design that was very pretty. Spotted one with silver rim and design but could not tell if it was raised or not. Look often as inventory changes often. The silver trimmed bowls were priced at twenty-five dollars for ten.

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      Karen Kogos 

      9 months ago

      WOW Quite the website. We have been searching to find information and value of my parents dinnerware that have been tucked away for many years. The manufacturer which seems to be common is Gold Coast China .. Japan. The design or pattern is the part we struggle with. Plates are white with beautiful a thin silver outer ring and silver inlay accent which by the touch protrudes from the actual plate. If there were a way to attache a photo I would. Hope you can offer some direction thank you

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Ruth - similar dishware has been produced by Royal Queen, American Limoges, Citro, Sabin, and Atlas. I have seen similar patterns without the company name offered for five dollars for a plate, and a cake and server for twenty dollars.

      Use the methods I have described to learn more about your dishware.

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      Ruth Cross 

      9 months ago

      I have my mothers dinnerware and would like to know more about it. I believe it was from the 1950's. I am pretty sure she said they received piece with every movie they went to see. The only thing on back is "warranted 22 k gold" The design on front is english looking couple, the man sitting on the ground reading from a book. They both look like they are wearing white wigs. There is gold scroll work around the edges. Please help

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Annie - yes they certainly are. Kutani porcelain was first made in Japan in the 1600s but ceased production in 1730. Revived in the early 19th century with more elaborate designs, Kutani was introduced to the West at several world expositions and became hugely popular with several renowned European producers (like Meissen) copying patterns.

      Older forms include Ko - Kutani featuring a blue/green overglaze with abstract designs. Gosai is overglazed with five colors (red, green, dark blue, yellow, and purple) featuring landscapes and natural themes. 19th century pieces feature ornate patterns with red and gold overglaze.

      Imari's designs are based on Japanese textile designs and have a blue underglaze. Typical colors are blue, rust red, and gold. Imari designs have also been copied by European potteries.

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      Annie Richardson 

      11 months ago

      What about Kutani or Imari? They are so beautiful.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      16 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Peggy - thank you! I never use my dishes that are over 100 years old. But it is nice to get out the old family plates for a special meal. Nowadays there is a concern over toxic materials used in older dishware. Though that is a consideration, it makes me wonder if all our ancestors were poisoned from eating off all the toxic dishes.

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      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      We have several old sets of dishes and never put them in the dishwasher. For that reason, we do not use them as often. But for special occasions or special company meals, it is nice to be able to enjoy them occasionally. It makes us think of our parents and grandparents. You wrote an informative article, as usual. Thanks for all of this information, Dolores.

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      Dolores Monet 

      21 months ago from East Coast, United States

      I too have spent a lot of time hunting down antique dishware. Sometimes you may not find your specific piece, say a bowl, but find a plate or platter with the same pattern and backstamp.

      Use of the name Turnstall does indeed predate 1891. Look for more information at The

      Turnstall is an area of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire England, an area famous for it's many potteries.

      You can also turn to books including:

      Late Victorian Flow Blue and Other Ceramic Ware - A Selected History of Potteries and Shapes from Schiffer Books

      Staffordshire Pottery: 1858-1962 : Majolica, Transfer Prints, Flow Blue, Fine Bone China from Cauldon by Robert E. Cluett

      There are a lot of books about pottery produced in Staffordshire. Hunt around for any that may help you. Try your library.

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      Melody Dennis 

      21 months ago

      I have an old bowl, flowers all around outside and some lining the top rim, and also the middle of the bottom. There is a stamp underneath that has a sailboat, with grindley on it then underneath that, tunstall, and england under that. also there is a gold y also. i can only find that the stamp the way it is, it could be predated 1891. i can't seem to find a picture of the one i have. any advice? could you point me in the direction of finding a picture? or would you know it's value?

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      Dolores Monet 

      23 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Nancy - a book may help you identify your pattern. Try "The Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges" by Mary Frank Gaston. Published in 2016, it will not only help you identify your plates but may somewhat reflect current values.

      You can also describe your plates on Google images and see what shows up. After A&D Limoges, type in a brief description of the pattern. Include background color. If the plates feature flowers, fruit, or animals then state what type are depicted. Mention any decoration on the rim as well.

      Remember that there are fake Limoges out there.

      I hope that you enjoy your research!

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      23 months ago

      I have some old side or dessert plates marked A and D Limoges France. There is another marking but it is unreadable. The plates are lovely, would like to know more about them.

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      Dolores Monet 

      23 months ago from East Coast, United States

      The are so many of these out there. The company produced many types and patterns for many years. And over the years, the backstamps changed as well. You may find the backstamp on your Arthur Wood tea pot at online. You need to identify your item before you can learn its value.

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      Dolores Monet 

      23 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Kim - Noritake Grayburn #5323 was produced from 1953 - 1962. Check out online sites like ebay, or other auction sites for some clues. You can also check out their value at Worthpoint, Replacements, or Kovels online.

      The word Pagoda appears in many types of dishware. Refine your search by describing color and pattern in the Google search bar.

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      Elaine Ciamaichelo 

      23 months ago

      I have a Teapot from Arthur Wood in England marked Shelton is there any value to this Teapot

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      Kim Wurtz 

      23 months ago

      I have 2 sets of china that I need to value and possible rehome...

      One I have found on line - Noritake Grayburn 5323

      The Other just says Pagota ... any idea how to price this one?

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      Dolores Monet 

      2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Nancy - Fitz and Floyd produced Renaissance dinnerware between 1988 - 1997, then Renaissance holiday ware between 2003 - 2006. Do not place these plates in a microwave or dishwasher due to the gold edges.

      I have seen similar products for sale from between $10.00 to $130.00. I can not tell you where or how to sell or price your plates. This is up to you and current demand. Read the article for suggestions.

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      Nancy walsh 

      2 years ago

      I have Fritz and floyd renaissance 8 plates never used in dark green with the numbers on the back,the company's is 47.95 each plate and need to know how to sell them and how much

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      Dolores Monet 

      2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Kat - check out gray Delamere, Fleur de Lys, Colonel Gray, Primrose, or Gray Delhi. You can also use a book - "Spode and Copeland Over Two Hundred Years of Fine China and Porcelain" by Steven Smith. There is a lot of information out there on Spode Copeland. They made so many beautiful patterns!

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      2 years ago

      I just purchased a large set of Copeland Spode earthenware. It’s a gray and white floral transfer print of delicate flowers and leaves. It’s quite lovely and I would like to know the name of the pattern and the value. I have not been able to find this pattern online anywhere. Any ideas?


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