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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Dear Mike, My mom has had this porce­lain plate on her wall for­ever. It mea­sures 38 cen­time­tres by 28 cm. She told me it was a strainer of some kind, It is in per­fect con­di­tion with no chips or cracks. I have en­closed a photo of the mark­ing, which also says “Wedgewood” pressed in the back. She would like to know how old it is and what value it would have. Doris I. Win­nipeg Your mom is cor­rect. It is a strainer that would fit into a match­ing serv­ing plat­ter. The holes would al­low the juices to flow through to the bot­tom plat­ter. It is known as a “mazarine.” They were pop­u­lar in the mid1850s. They are very hard to find with the match­ing plat­ter. It would have a value of $200 to $225.

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