Q&A on collecting
Glass set graced Victorian table
Q: This is a photo of a ruby glass cracker jar, covered butter dish, covered sugar bowl and open bowl. They all have silver metal holders and are in excellent condition. I also have a matching flower basket, creamer and several other pieces I can't identify. They are all decorated with hand-painted enameled flowers. I recently inherited this set and hope you can provide information on the glass, age, maker and its value.
A: You have a Victorian ruby satin glass table set. Most table sets included a cream pitcher, sugar bowl, spoon holder, celery holder, butter dish and water pitcher. The flower basket could be a bride's basket. You didn't mention a manufacturer's mark on your set. Without a manufacturer's mark on any of the glass or metal pieces, it can be impossible to identify the maker. Your circa 1900 set would probably be worth $400 to $500.
Q: This mark is on a child's porcelain tea set. Each dish is decorated with scenes from the fairy tale Cinderella. The set includes a teapot, cream pitcher, sugar bowl, four cups, saucers and dessert plates. The set belonged to my great-grandmother and is in very good condition. I plan to pass the set along to my granddaughter and hope you can tell me its history, age and value.
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