‘Blue onion’ was popular Meissen pattern
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.