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Q&A on collecting: Child's dish reflects past era

Q&A on collecting: Anne McCollam answers readers’ questions about the value of their antiques.
BY ANNE MCCOLLAM, For The Oklahoman Published: July 7, 2014
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Q&A on collecting

Child’s dish reflects days from past era

Q: I have enclosed a photo of child’s bowl that was mine when I was a child in 1946. It measures about 9 inches in diameter and is trimmed in gold. On either side of the dish is a place for a fork and spoon with instructions where each goes. Interestingly, the instructions are upside-down. Other than that, the dish is in mint condition. The back of the dish reads as follows, “My Own Plate Made for Holmes & Edwards, Division of The International Silver — US Design Patent #88343 — By Salem China Company.”

I would like to know if there is any special value to my dish, other than the fact it was mine from my childhood. Thank you for any information you can provide.

A: Children’s dishes continue to be popular collectibles. Their designs and scenes reflect days from a past era. Your dish was made by Salem China Company for Holmes & Edwards Silver Plate Company. A silver plated fork and spoon accompanied the dish. The pattern is “Danish Princess.” The bowl is decorated with a transfer print scene. Homer Laughlin China Company also made a version of this dish before Salem China Company. Holmes & Edwards Silver Plate Company was founded in 1882 and located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They were taken over by International Silver Company in 1889.

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