Q: I'd like to start collecting Torquay pottery. I'm especially interested in countryside cottage-decorated dishes with mottoes around the rim. Can you put me in touch with some sources?
A: You can join the Torquay Pottery Collectors Society by writing to its U.S.-Canada coordinator, Beth Pulsipher, Box 373, Schoolcraft, Mich. 49087-0373, or phoning her at (616) 679-4195. The $22.50 annual membership includes an informative quarterly publication. The society's fourth annual convention took place this year July 5-7 in St. Charles, Ill., and featured a large assortment of Torquay pottery and related publications, references and products.
Around the turn of the century, a lot of Torquay pottery was imported from England to Canada and the United States and was sold as souvenirs. Many collectors favor Torquay mottoware, and information can be found in the "Torquay Motto Ware" book, available for $12.50 postpaid from the society.
Q: I have several cartons of Frankoma pottery. How can I contact buyers?
A: Write to Phyllis Bess, 14535 E. 13th St., Tulsa, Okla. 74108, who co-authored "Francoma Treasures," or call (918) 437-7776.
Q: Is there a price guide for Royal Doulton figurines?
A: Send for a copy of "The Price Guide to Royal Doulton -- Sixth Edition," by Ruth M. Pollard, $1495 postpaid from House of Collectibles, 201 E. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 10022; (800) 733-3000. Also write to Betty Weir, president of the Mid-America Doulton Collectors, Box 2434, Joliet, Ill. 60434, or call (815) 725-7348.
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.