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Plates painted with game birds could be worth more than $1200


Q: This picture shows six of 12 plates that I have. Each plate has a different game bird painted in the center and all are in excellent condition. On the back of the plates are the words "Copeland -- Spode -- England."

I would appreciate any information you can give me.

A: In the late 1800s and early 1900s game plates were very popular. They were used to serve fish or game.

These plates were made by W. T. Copeland & Sons Ltd., Staffordshire, England, in the early 1900s. They would be worth about $1,200 to $1,500 for a set of 12.

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a chair that we have had since 1950. It was made in Ohio and is in excellent condition. Can you tell us when it was made and whom the face on the back represents?

A: Your chair is a modern version of a Savonarola chair. The chair was named for the Italian Renaissance monk Savonarola, a puritanical reformer who was ultimately burned at the stake. The figure is the "Man of the North Wind." Your chair was made around 1900. Chairs similar to yours would probably fetch $325 to $350 in an antiques shop.

Q: Over 40 years ago I was given a set of mother-of-pearl flatware that was brought by a relative from England. It is silver plate and consists of six knives, six forks and six butter knives. All 18 pieces are in perfect condition.

Could you give me an approximate value?

A: Mother-of-pearl flatware was quite popular in the late 19th century. It was available in luncheon sets, fish sets and even picnic sets. Your silver-plated flatware was made in the late 1800s. It would be worth about $150 to $175 for the set.

Q: I have an old violin that my father gave me. It is marked "Antonius Stradivarius -- Cremonen -- Faciebat Anno 1737 -- Columbus, Ohio."

Could this be an original Stradivarius?

A: About 500 to 600 original Stradivarius violins exist today and their ownership can be accounted for.

A variety of violins named for Antonio Stradivari and other famous violin makers were mass-produced in Europe and the United States in the early 1900s. Even Sears sold a Stradivarius model. Yours was made in the early 19th century. Most violins of this type sell in antique shops for around $100 to $200.

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