Q: The large pitcher in this photo is part of a wash set that includes a soap cup and a chamber pot. Each piece is marked "England — Falcon Ware — The Harvesters." They are decorated with country scenes of farmers, hay wagons and cottages against a white background. All three pieces are in very good condition.
What can you tell me about this set and does it have any value?
A: Thomas Lawrence Ltd., produced Falcon Ware earthenware in Staffordshire, England. The factory was established in 1892 and closed in 1964. The Harvester line was made around 1936.
Your set would probably be worth $125 to $175.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a pitcher that used to be my mother's. The pitcher is gray, approximately 10 inches tall and in perfect condition. I remember seeing it in her cabinet when I was a child in the 1950s.
Any information you can provide about its history and value, if any, will be greatly appreciated.
A: Russel Wright designed your pitcher for his American Modern line of dishes that was made by Steubenville Pottery in Ohio. The dinnerware was introduced around 1939, marketed to the middleclass and became extremely successful. The streamlined design was innovative and produced in granite gray, chartreuse curry, coral, white, bean brown and seafoam blue.
Your granite gray water pitcher, circa 1950, would fetch $100 to $125 in an antiques shop.
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