Q I need help to identify these items. I have 20 of them. They are glass, and they are about 11 inches wide, 14 inches long and 1/16 inch thick. The labels on the back of a few of them appear to be of a calendar from 1947. I think they’re some kind of transfer plate for greeting cards.
– M.P., Findlay, Ohio
A I think you are correct that these were printing plates or guides for the production of children’s greeting cards in the late 1940s. They most likely came from the archives of a printing company that may now be defunct. They are charming and unusual although not especially colorful. There are getting to be more collectors of greeting cards of that era and one of them might enjoy having these. Because they are rather unique it’s difficult to establish a “fair” market value for them. Perhaps the right collector might offer somewhere in the range of $25-$50 for each.
Q I hope you can provide me with some information on this vase. The piece looks to be exceptional quality, so I would like to know something about the maker, age and value. The bottom of the vase is marked Rembrandt Ware with the words in a banner. Above that mark is what looks like a lit candle surrounded by fancy lines. Below is “Made in German” in a circle.
–R.C., Lewisville, Texas
A It took me a while to track down the marking on your unusual base but I discovered it was a marked used by the Brothers Heubach of Lichte, Germany, from around 1909 to about 1945. Your piece may be porcelain with a dark glaze and a color transfer-printed design base on a work by the Dutch artist Rembrandt. The mark indicates it may have been part of a line they produced. The “Made in Germany” mark tells us that the piece was produced between 1921 and 1945 even thought it has a rather “Victorian” look. The Brothers Heubach (Gebruder Heubach) was also know for the production of fine bisque doll heads in the late 19th and early 20th century but they used a different mark on the doll heads. I don’t think that fact would add too much to the market appeal of this piece, however. You don’t give a size for this vase but guessing it may be in the range of 9 inches to 12 inches, I suspect it might be valued from $100-$200.
Q My flowerpot is 7 ? inches high and 8 ? inches wide at the top. It has some sort of heavy glaze on it. Can you tell me anything about it?
– B.M., Wright City, Mo.
A This planter or jardiniere is of the type produced in the early years of the 20th century. The dark streaky glaze – sometimes called “blended” – is typical of that period. A number of American pottery firms made very similar examples and most are not marked. If there are no chips, cracks or other damage I believe your piece might retail in the $75-$150 range today.