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Pitcher Is Circa 1920

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Q: Attached is a photo of a porcelain pitcher that I've had for many years. It stands about 7 inches tall and is about 5 1/2 inches at the fullest point. It is decorated with hunting scenes on both sides — with dogs, horses, riders and trees — and they are all slightly raised. The handle is the shape of a dog. There is a mark on the bottom, with the words "Wedgwood — 4KE — 12 — Made in England — C5236."

All the words at the top are impressed into porcelain and not colored. The "C5236" mark is in the center and in black.

It would be interesting to learn whether the pitcher has any value.

A: Wedgwood Pottery was founded in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, by Josiah Wedgwood in 1759. Your pitcher, decorated with hunting scenes, was made in about 1920. Wedgwood also made matching beakers and smaller pitchers in this pattern. The mark "C5236" is a model number.

Your pitcher would probably be worth $150 to $180.

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the bottom of a covered casserole dish that belonged to my mother-in-law. We aren't sure when she received it, but it may have been a wedding gift. It is decorated with a scene of a young woman with a colonial home in the background. In front of the home are a pair of geese.

The casserole was probably part of a complete set of dinnerware. That is all we know about it.

Anything you could tell us about its history and value would be appreciated.

A: You have a casserole made by Edwin M. Knowles China Co. They made semi-vitreous china in Newell and Chester, West Virginia. Edwin M. Knowles came from a family of china manufacturers. He was the son of one of the founders of the Knowles, Taylor & Knowles China Co. Edwin M. opened his factory in 1900 and, by the late 1930s, was one of the leading manufacturers of dinnerware in the United States. In 1963, the business was liquidated, and the rights to the Knowles name were sold to a distributor of collector plates.

The mark "American Tradition" was a line of dishes that was decorated in a variety of patterns.

Your casserole was made in about 1939 and would probably be worth $25 to $35.

(SET CAPTION) Wedgwood Pottery was founded in 1759.

(SET IMAGE 2) amc052715bdAP.jpg (END IMAGE 2) (SET CAPTION 2) Edwin M. Knowles China Co. was located in West Virginia. (END CAPTION 2)

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