A: Your commemorative plates were made by Wedgwood in England at their Barlaston pottery. James McDuffee and Stratton Company, located in Boston, imported historical plates from Wedgwood for the American market. The importing firm started in 1810 and became McDuffee and Stratton in 1871. By 1910, they were thought to be the largest wholesaler and retailer of china and glass. The historical plates were decorated with American scenes of buildings, monuments, events, universities, ships, personalities and landmarks. There were 48 Harvard views, and they could be purchased in a series of plates or individual plates. By 1950, they no longer made historical plates and the firm closed in 1960. Your circa 1941 plates would probably be worth $50 to $75 each.
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