Pottery platter has been handed down through the generations
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.
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