Q: When my mother-in-law passed away several years ago, she left me several sets of china. One is a set of small plates. This mark is on the back of each piece. Each is decorated with a different scene of a castle and trees overlooking a lake. The pattern is red against a white background.
Just in case my daughter would someday be interested in this set, I would like to know their history, age and value.
A: Johnson Brothers made your set of plates in Staffordshire, England. Alfred, Henry, and Frederick Johnson founded their earthenware and ironstone factory in 1883. In 1968, the company became part of the Wedgwood Group. “Castle on the Lake” is the name of your pattern. Although the pattern was made in red, it was also available in blue, brown and multi-colors. Your plates would probably be worth $20 to $30 each.
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