Q&A ON COLLECTING
Rockwell plate is classic
Q: This is a photo of a 1983 Norman Rockwell limited edition porcelain plate that I have. The title is “The Painter” and is part of the Heritage Collection. Edwin Knowles China Company located in Newell, W. Va., made the plate. It is certified as a “True Rockwell Classics” by the Rockwell Society of America. The plate is dinner size and shows a scene of a house painter all in white at work with a small girl in a blue dress looking over his shoulder. I would appreciate any information you may have on my plate.
A: The Heritage Collection of Rockwell plates was introduced in 1977 and continues to be made today. The plates featured scenes of Rockwell's original paintings of the everyday lives of men and women in America. There have been several series of Rockwell plates produced that include Heritage, the American dream, Christmas, Mother's Day, the four seasons and the four freedoms. “The Painter” is the seventh issue of the Heritage series. Your plate can be found selling in the range of $15 to $50.
Q: This porcelain pedestal cake stand (not shown) has been in our family for as long as I can remember. My mother told me it was a wedding gift to her great grandparents when they were married in 1900. It is decorated with tiny pink and yellow flowers, green leaves and trimmed in gold. The background is white and it is in mint condition. I plan to pass my cake stand to my daughter and hope you can tell me about the maker and value.
A: Carl Tielsch Company made your cake stand. His factory was located in Altwasser, Silesia, Germany, since 1845. They are now part of the Hutschenreuther Company. Your circa 1900 cake stand would probably be worth $100 to $125.
Q: I have a porcelain plate and would like to know where and when it was made, and if it has any value. Marked on the back are the words “Ivory — Franklinware — Made in USA.” The plate is decorated with a medallion of pink flowers and greenery in the center and trimmed with gold.
A: Your plate was made by the Sebring Pottery Company around 1930. The pottery was founded in 1887 in East Liverpool, Ohio, and moved to Sebring, Ohio, in 1898. It closed around 1940. “Ivory” is the name of the pattern. The value of your plate is in the range of $10 to $25.
Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556.