Pot­tery plat­ter has been handed down through the gen­er­a­tions

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Ques­tion: This in­ter­est­ing pot­tery plat­ter has been handed down in our fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions. Re­cently, I in­her­ited it and plan to leave it to my daugh­ter. It de­picts a Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle with a bor­der of four gen­er­als heads, in­clud­ing Gen. Robert E. Lee along with Con­fed­er­ate and Amer­i­can flags. On the bot­tom is printed “Picket’s Charge, Bal­ti­more, Mary­land.”

I have been told the pot­tery type is known as “his­tor­i­cal blue Stafford­shire Amer­i­can views.” It mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 13 inches by 9 inches. Is it a trea­sure? What is the value?

An­swer: You have a great fam­ily heir­loom made in Stafford­shire, Eng­land be­tween 1865 and 1880. Enoch Wood — of­ten re­ferred to as the “Father of pot­tery” — opened his busi­ness in 1784. In the 1830s, he in­tro­duced his blue and white “his­tor­i­cal views” made for the Amer­i­can mar­ket, with Amer­i­can his­tor­i­cal scenes. Your plat­ter could sell for more than $1,000 in a retail set­ting.

Do you have an an­tique item and need more in­for­ma­tion? For a per­sonal re­ply, send a photo, his­tory, size and any sig­na­tures with a self-ad­dressed, stamped en­ve­lope and $25 to Anne Gil­bertS­traw­bridge, 1811 Re­nais­sance Com­mons Blvd., #2319, Boyn­ton Beach, FL. 33426.

Anne Gil­bert

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