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Q&A on Collecting: Candleholder lights up collector

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about their antiques.
BY Anne McCollam Published: October 1, 2012

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the bottom of a china vase that I have. The vase is decorated with a portrait of a young woman and the background shades from tan to light brown. It stands about 12 inches tall and has brown handles and rim. It has been handed down in my family from my great-grandmother to me. I know nothing about its history or value. What can you tell me?

A: Your portrait vase was made by the Warwick China Company in Wheeling, West Virginia. The factory was founded in 1887. They made vases, dinnerware sets, wash sets, umbrella stands, jardinieres, shaving mugs and hotel and railroad china. Many of their pieces were decorated with portraits of monks, Native Americans, images of flowers and also fraternal order related pieces. The meaning of the word “IOGA” remains a mystery and often was included with their marks in the early 1900s. Your vase is circa 1905 and can be seen selling in the range of $225 to $275.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556.