How much value does pot­tery plate serve up?

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Ques­tion: I have just be­gun to col­lect old pot­tery plates with in­ter­est­ing de­signs. Re­cently, I found this charm­ing plate at a garage sale. The owner knew noth­ing about it. I paid $10. The ini­tials “HB,” in black, are on the front and back. Can you tellme the age and coun­try of ori­gin as well as whomade it? Is it a “dis­cov­ery”?

An­swer: You have a great dis­cov­ery. Your plate is known as “Quim­per” (pro­nounced “kem-pair”). It is tin-glazed earth­en­ware and was made in the late 19th cen­tury in Brit­tany, France.

The peas­ant-man-and-woman mo­tif was so pop­u­lar that it has never stopped be­ing made. Con­sid­ered as a form of folk art, the de­sign dec­o­rates hun­dreds of items, in­clud­ing tiles, inkwells, fig­ures and can­dles.

Over the years, there have been a va­ri­ety of­marks. Know­ing them helps to date the piece. For ex­am­ple, the ini­tials “HB” date to the 1890s. “HB” in a tri­an­gle dates to 1898. “HR” and the word “Quim­per” in script date from 1895 to 1922. Af­ter 1922, the mark changed to “Hen­riot, Quim­per.”

Au­then­tic pe­riod plates, such as yours, can bring as much as $450 at a spe­cialty shop.

To learn about your an­tique, send a photo, along with its his­tory, size, any sig­na­tures and a self­ad­dressed stamped en­ve­lope and $25, to Anne Gil­bert, P.O. Box 740136, Boyn­ton Beach, FL 33437.

This plate could be worth up to $450 in a spe­cialty shop.

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