Q: This is a photo of one of the porcelain dishes that is part of a set of china that I have. I received the set from my grandmother over 30 years ago. Originally, she received the china from her mother. It is a complete service for 10 and includes some unusual serving pieces. Marked on the back of each piece are the words "Limoges — France — A. Lanternier."
Could you please tell the history and value on my dishes?
A: Your dinnerware was made by A. Lanternier and Co. The firm was founded by the Frederic Lanternier family in 1855 in Limoges, France. Son, Alfred, joined the company in 1887. The initial "A" stands for Alfred Lanternier.
Your dinnerware set was made in the early 1900s. Similar sets can be seen selling between $500 and $800.
Q: My grandmother passed away in 1969 and my sister received her dinnerware set. Each piece is marked "U.S.A. Limoges — June Rose." The dishes are decorated with red, pink and yellow flowers, with green leaves against a white background. The edges are gold.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
A: This mark was used by U.S.A. Limoges China Co. and "June Rose" is the name of the pattern. Frederick and Frank Sebring founded their factory in Sebring, Ohio, in 1900. It was originally called Sterling China Co. and later changed to Limoges China Co.