Q&A ON COLLECTING
Candlesticks are a bargain
Q: I recently picked up this pair of glass cobalt-blue dolphin candlesticks in Plymouth, Mass. Even though they are reproductions of Sandwich Glass Company candlesticks, I fell in love with them. Each stands 8 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter at the base. I paid $35 for the pair.
Did I get a bargain or not?
A: Boston and Sandwich Glass Company and Cape Cod Glass Company, both of Sandwich, Mass., made similar dolphin candlesticks in the mid-1800s. Modern reproductions were made by several companies, including Imperial, Westmoreland and Heisey. Your candlesticks were made in the mid- to late-1900s. Most reproductions are in the range of $50 to $75 a pair. Yours are a bargain.
Q: I have enclosed a drawing of the mark that is on a set of dinnerware that I have. The set is a five-piece place setting service for six, and it includes a platter and two bowls. The dishes are decorated with men and women in Colonial settings and trimmed in gold and filigree borders.
What can you tell me about the age, maker and value of my set?
A: Sabin Industries made your dinnerware. They were founded by Samuel Sabin and located in McKeesport, Pa., in 1946. The “Crest-o-Gold” mark was first used in the 1950s and showed they used 22K gold in the decorations. Sabin Industries purchased blank pieces of porcelain that were decorated by Sabin employees. Your pattern is referred to unofficially by collectors and dealers as George and Martha Washington. The pattern was inspired by 18th century French scenes and had no connection to George and Martha. In the mid-1960s, the company was taken over by Chase Enterprises.
Your dishes were made around 1950, and the set would probably be worth $150 to $250.
Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556.