Q&A on Collecting: Dinner plate piques curiosity

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about the value of their antiques.
BY ANNE MCCOLLAM, For The Oklahoman Published: January 6, 2014
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Q: I have enclosed a photo of a dinner plate that was given to me by my aunt, and I am curious about it. She was very parsimonious. When she traveled, she would bring as a gift some soap from a hotel where she stayed or a few stones from a beach. When I married, she gave me this plate wrapped in newspaper. It didn't surprise me because I knew how economical she was. So I thanked her and just put it away. This was over 50 years ago.

The other day, I was looking at the plate and noticed the seal on the back, which shows a man holding a sign with the words “Woods — Burslem — England” and above them, the words “Colonial — Enoch 1784 — Ralph 1750.” The plate is decorated with a country scene of cows, a stream, barn, gate and trees. It is purple with a beige background and in very good condition.

Can you tell me how much this plate might be worth? My aunt is deceased so I can't ask her. I would be surprised if it is valuable, but it would be nice to know.

A: The mark you describe was used by Enoch and Ralph Woods around 1931. Woods and Sons Pottery was founded in 1865 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. It was family-operated until around 2005. “Colonial” is the name of the pattern. Your plate was decorated with a transfer print. Woods produced hotel china in this pattern. It may have been a souvenir from a hotel where your aunt stayed.

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