Q&A on collecting
Autumn-leaf pitcher is a jewel
Q: This is a photo of a water pitcher that I have. It is part of a collection of Hall's Superior Jewel Tea Homemaker Institute Quality Kitchenware that I have. The pattern is “Autumn Leaf.” I probably have about 30 pieces that include plates, platters, salt-and-pepper shakers, bowls, a pitcher, and a cake plate. They are all in excellent condition.
I would appreciate any information you may have on how old these dishes are, where they were made, and how much they are worth.
A. Hall's China Co. made your water pitcher. They were located in East Liverpool, Ohio, and introduced the “Autumn Leaf” pattern in 1933 for the Jewel Tea Co. Several other companies, including Paden Pottery, Harker Potteries, also made the pattern, and Crooksville China Co. and Hall China Co. produced the “Autumn Leaf” pattern until 1978.
Most pieces are in the range of $25 to $75 each and some can go much higher. Cookie jars, pedestal cake plates, marmalade dishes with under plates are all in the range of $150 up to several hundreds.
Your water pitcher was made in the 1950s and would probably be worth $50 to $75.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a set of eight porcelain cups and saucers that I inherited. They were given to my grandmother in the early 1900s. I think they are close to 100 years old, but I'm not sure. They are decorated with band of multicolored flowers and gold trim against a white background.
Do you know when they were made, anything about the maker, and their value?
A: Your cups and saucers are almost 100 years old. They were made around 1915. Thomas Forester and Sons was located in Longton, Staffordshire, England, from 1883 to 1959. Forester started out with several small potteries. When his factories grew, he built the Phoenix Works in 1879. As the business developed, his sons joined the company. At the peak of production, there were six large kilns in operation and they employed over 400 workers. In addition to porcelain, the Foresters produced a line of majolica.
Your cup and saucer set would probably be worth $200 to $250.
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