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Glass Fit For Kings

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Q: We have several pieces of amber Baccarat Glass. Enclosed is a photo of five of them. The round plate is 7 inches in diameter, the oval dish is over 9 inches long, the smaller dish is 5 inches, the tumbler is almost 4 inches tall and the goblet is almost 5 inches tall. The oval dishes and the goblet are signed "Baccarat." They are in mint condition.

Can you tell us the value of our dishes?

A: Baccarat traces it's beginning to the late 1700s when King Louis XV of France pronounced a royal decree to create "Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat." The glassworks provided not only exceptional crystal; it contributed to the area's recovery from the devastating Seven Years War. After the French Revolution, the firm experienced several different owners. Nonetheless, Baccarat continued to produce high quality glassware. It remained in demand with royalty and the aristocracy. Their exquisite glass paperweights, prized by collectors, were introduced in 1846. Baccarat continues to be in business and makes a wide variety of glassware.

Your glassware is an example of Baccarat's early 1900s pattern, "Swirl Amberina." You might want to insure your set for $600 to $650.

Q: This mark is on the back of a porcelain pedestal cake plate that I inherited from my grandmother in 1973. The plate is decorated with pastel flowers and trimmed in gold. It stands about 5 inches tall and is in perfect condition.

My granddaughter was recently married and I plan to pass it along to her.

Any information you can give me about the maker, age and value will be greatly appreciated.

A: The mark you provided was used by Robert Hanke Porcelain Factory. They were located in Ledvice, Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, from 1882 to 1945. Rich deposits of white clay (Kaolin) were found in the nearby area Teplice (Teplitz) and spawned many porcelain factories. Porcelain is a mixture of fine grained kaolin, feldspar and quartz and fired at high temperatures. The name Teplice, Teplitz in German, is based on the Czech word for hot because there are natural hot springs in the area. The area was rich in resources and was on a heavily travelled route, giving rise to successful potteries.

Robert Hanke Porcelain Factory produced high-quality porcelain dishes and decorative pieces. Your pedestal cake plate would probably be worth $75 to

$125.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com

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