Anne McCollam column: Silver coffee set serves as family heirloom

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about their antiques.
BY ANNE MCCOLLAM For The Oklahoman Published: March 26, 2012
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Q & A ON Collecting

Coffee service is electro plated

Q: I am enclosing a photo of a coffee service that I inherited from my grandmother. The set includes a coffee pot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher and tray. Each piece is marked “EPNS,” and it is my understanding this indicates a type of silver plating. The pieces are all also marked “New Amsterdam Silver Co.” My grandparents were married in 1919, and I believe the set was a wedding gift.

A: New Amsterdam Silver Co. was located in New York City, in the late 1800s. It became Knickerbocker Silver Co. in the early 1900s. "EPNS" stands for "Electro Plated Nickel Silver."

Your circa 1900 tea set would probably be worth $175 to $225.

Q: I have enclosed the mark on a set of dishes that I have. It is a dinnerware service for 12 and the pattern is “The Ogontz.” Each piece is decorated with a blue border and floral sprigs in the center. I lost 13 pieces in a hurricane and would like some information on how to find replacements.

A: Woods and Sons made your dinnerware. They have been making ironstone in Staffordshire, England, since 1865. They are no longer in business. “The Ogontz” is a circa 1930 transfer-ware pattern. To find replacements, check on the Internet for china replacement firms. Also check on eBay.

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