Is Ernie on an earner?
friend Ernie has a Japanese tea set. He’d like to find out any details you might know about it.
Karen Belshaw, Dagenham, Essex
■ Services like this were popular souvenirs brought home in the early 1900s by sailors returning from the Far East. Known as ‘eggshell china’, they’re very delicate. Ernie’s would sell for £50.