China dinnerware serves as family treasure

BY ANNE McCOLLAM Published: February 20, 2012
llets employed highly trained and skilled designers and decorators who created exceptional porcelain. Due to several economic factors, the company went into receivership in 1909.

Your tankard is a very desirable antique and was made around 1890. Similar tankards often fetch from $1,000 to $1,400 in antiques shops.

Q: I have a cut glass vase that my mother had in our home for as long as I can remember. I am 87, so it has to be much older than that. It is 6 inches tall, has a sawtooth edge and is in flawless condition. I could not find a manufacturer's mark, so have no idea who made it.

Can you tell what it is worth?

A: Some of the most beautiful pieces of cut glass were made around the turn of the last century Many factories did not mark their pieces, making it extremely difficult to identify the origin.

Your vase was made in the first quarter of the 20th century and would probably be worth $125 to $225.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at


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