Hi there–I hope you had a great weekend! Today I’m going to talk about a collectible that I do not recommend buying for resale, unless your vintage and antique market is radically different from mine here in Upstate New York. However, I do recommend that you scoop up any endearing vintage plates that you find for your own personal decorating purposes.
Every plate you see in this post cost just 25-50¢ each, with the exception of the pink, majolica one in the center, which unlike the others, I’ll be able to sell for about $10. Irresistably attractive plates are one of the collectibles that I have difficulty passing by. I do well most of the time–avoiding them like the plague–but I stumbled across this small collection at two separate sales and decided I was “allowed” to buy them for the purposes of this post, LOL.
Vintage English Plates
This plate proves that we really do learn something new every day. The Wedgwood & Co. mark you see here does not refer to the famous Josiah Wedgwood pottery that produces the pale blue jasperware with white decoration that we’re all familiar with.
Founded in 1860, by Enoch Wedgwood (a distant relative of Josiah), Wedgwood & Co. was known for its earthenware production, like this ironstone plate with brown transferware design. They closed shop in 1965.
I realize that it’s all chipped up, but if you saw it in person and held it in your hands, you’d have bought it, too, I promise. The mark is a standard English registry mark used between 1868-1883. The “J” refers to 1880, the “M” refers to June, and the “16” refers to the day.
Wedgwood & Co. also produced this pretty “Woodland” pattern, transferware plate; however, unlike the previous plate, it is not ironstone. The “4-64” green stamp dates it to April 1964. It’s dogwood decorated trim and slightly scalloped edge make it highly appealing.
The Palissy Pottery, a newer Staffordshire company, produced transferware dishes like this one from 1946-1989. This pretty floral pattern is called “Sheridan.”
Vintage Japanese Plate
[Side note: I have an early childhood memory of enjoying a hamburger, fries, and coke lunch with my mom at the Woolworth’s luncheonette bar. Anyone else remember doing that? The Woolworth’s in our neck of the woods didn’t close until my college days in the early 1980’s, but I miss it still.]
Collectors refer to this flying bird transfer pattern by many names, including Blue Phoenix, Phoenix Bird, and Flying Turkey. One can find it in a a variety of different sizes and shades. The birds bear anywhere from four to seven spots on their bellies. Many different Japanese companies heavily produced it between 1900 and WWII for the American dime store market (Kovels, 2016), particularly Woolworth’s.
I have a salt and pepper set in the Blue Phoenix pattern from my grandmother; I’ve always thought it was lovely.
Vintage Portuguese Plate
Bordallo Pinheiro is a Portuguese pottery founded by artist Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro in 1884. He won many international exhibition awards for his beautiful, naturalistic designs. Still in production, they are known for their outstanding collection of majolica, like this lovely, pink plate I picked up for a dollar at a garage sale recently.
Vintage American China Plates
The “standard script stamp” that you see on this pretty plate by the Southern Potteries Incorporated (SPI), tells us that they produced it sometime between the late 1930’s and the early 1940’s. SPI began producing decal-decorated china in Tennessee in the 1920’s.
By about 1932 “Blue Ridge” had been added to the back-stamp, and the company began to produce hand-painted wares–right up until 1957 when the company shut down. This pretty floral pattern, one of over 2000 produced by SPI, is known as “Summer Day.”
This pretty plate, with its simple rosebud design, reminds me of Franciscan’s “Dessert Rose” pattern, which is why I placed it in the American category, even though I have no idea where it actually came from.
Here’s another unmarked plate, this one with a cool, MCM design that I couldn’t pass up. I searched google images and came up with the maker–Stetson China Company (under the Mar-Crest label)–and the pattern–Swiss Chalet.
In business for just two decades (1946-65), Stetson produced china primarily for Mar-Crest for use as grocery store premiums, including Swiss Chalet.
Final Fabulous Plate: This wonderful plate in autumn colors is perhaps my favorite of the nine. The stylized flowers (mums?) and the scallop trim form an outstanding graphic design. However, whoever manufactured this line must not have made many because I couldn’t find it anywhere on the internet. Perhaps one of my brilliant readers has more information about it?
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my recent vintage plate finds. Remember: Do as I say not as I do! Dishware no longer draws the attention of vintage and antique buyers.
Therefore, for most sellers, it does not pay to invest in china, with some exceptions however, like certain serving pieces and truly stunning high end pieces. And even those will not achieve the same prices that they might have a decade or more ago. But don’t hesitate to buy beautiful pieces that you fall in love with if you plan to enjoy them yourself. Happy hunting!
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