Collecting Q&A: Family heirloom is put on pedestal

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about the value of their antiques.
Oklahoman Published: December 9, 2013
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Collecting Q&A

Bowl's blurry design is authentic

Q: The pedestal bowl in this photo belonged to my mother. She used it as a fruit bowl and I do, too. Because the design isn't blurry enough, I don't think it would be considered an example of authentic flow blue. It is in perfect condition and stands about 7 inches tall. Marked on the bottom are a crown and the words “Regala — Semi Porcelain — Thomas Hughes & Sons — England.” Anything you can tell me about my pedestal bowl would be greatly appreciated.

A: Your pedestal bowl is an example of flow blue. It was made sometime between 1896 and 1910 by Thomas Hughes & Sons, which was located in Staffordshire, England. “Regala” is the name of the pattern. It is less blurry than earlier pieces and typical of later flow blue dishes made around 1900. It would probably fetch around $100 to $150 in an antiques shop.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a silver-plated candelabra that belonged to my grandmother. It stands about 8 inches tall and is in excellent condition. It has four arms with candlestick holders. My grandmother always used it for the holidays and I will pass it down to my daughter. I would like to know if it is an antique, when it was made and what it is worth.

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