Q: I bought this bowl-and-pitcher set at an estate sale. Lettering and marks on the bottom are "Semi-Porcelain, W.R. Grindley & Co., England." The pictures give a fairly good representation of the set.
Would you please tell me about what they should be worth?
A: Your toilet bowl-and-pitcher set was made in the early 1900s. The W. R. Grindley & Co. factory is in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England.
This set should sell for around $265 to $285.
Q: I am enclosing a mark that is on the bottom of a porcelain bowl. It is 7 1/2 inches in diameter and has a figural Cupid flower frog in the center of the bowl.
Would you identify the maker? I would also like to know an approximate date that it was made, and how much it would sell for.
A: The mark you have provided was used by the Hutschenreuther porcelain factory in Selb, Germany, during
the late 1800s. This bowl would perhaps sell for $250 to $275.
Q: I have a German stein. It is made in the shape of a Dutch girl and has a six-pointed star with the initials "R.M." on the bottom.
It is also marked "Musterschutz." Is that the name of the manufacturer? I would also like to now the value of my stein.
A: The six-pointed star was used by Reinhold-Merkelbach in Hohr-Grenzhausen in the Rhine Valley about 1900. It would probably sell for $350 to $375.
"Musterschutz" means "protected against copying," the equivalent of our "copyrighted."
Q: I have a green relish dish in the shape of a lettuce leaf. It is 7 inches long and 6 inches wide. On the back is "Royal Bayreuth" with a coat of arms and two lions with crowns. Between the lions' heads is an outline of a knight's head. At the bottom is "Bavaria."
This dish has been in the family for years. I would like to know what the value of it would be.
A: Your Royal Bayreuth relish dish was made by the Tettau porcelain factory in Bavaria in the early 1900s. It should sell for around $35 to $45.
Q: I saw an unusual cup and saucer at an antique show recently. The saucer had a deep well or pocket in which the cup sat. I have never seen a set like this before.
I am turning to you for an explanation of the use of this cup and saucer.
A: What you saw was a French trembleuse. The purpose of the deep recession for the cup was to prevent spilling when used by an invalid who might have weak or shaky hands.
There are very few of these around, so they are quite valuable.
Some of these are so rare they are priced in the several-thousand-dollar range.
Q: I am asking you to give me some information about a coffeepot in a tilting frame I have. It is marked "Quadruple Silver Plate, Meriden B Company."
What can you tell me about its vintage and value?
A: What you have is an ice-water pitcher. The pedestal is to hold a silver-plated goblet that is apparently missing. It was made by Meriden Britannia Co., in Meriden, Conn., during the late 19th century.
If your pitcher were complete with goblet it would sell in the $325 to $350 range. I can't assess the diminished value due to the missing goblet.