‘Blue onion’ was pop­u­lar Meis­sen pat­tern

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Ques­tion: My great-grand­par­ents came from Ger­many in the mid-19th cen­tury. They didn’t bring much with them ex­cept some pieces of china, that in­cluded this plat­ter.

Over t h e years the other pieces got bro­ken and this is all t hat i s l eft . I know i t i s i n t he Blue Onion pat­tern, with shell han­dles. It has their crossed swords mark, mea­sures 13 inches by 9 inches and is in good shape. Does it have more value than just a fam­ily heir­loom ?

An­swer: The“Blue Onion” was one of the most pop­u­lar pat­terns made by the Meis­sen fac­tory and still is. It has also been re­pro­duced ever since by other coun­tries and fakes. The crossed sword marks have var­ied over the years. Also, many Euro­pean fac­to­ries used crossed sword marks.

The sword marks on your plat­ter in­di­cate it was made in the 19th cen­tury. Sim­i­lar serv­ing pieces can sell for over $150 in a re­tail set­ting.

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