Dear Old Man:

Could you please give me an idea of the value of my 1776 plate by Wedgwood and an extensive collection of Willow Ware? Thank You, Your Column friend SAC

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Dear SAC, my column reader and friend:

It was a pleasure for me to visit you one afternoon to view your Willow Ware and Wedgwood. Wedgwood’s “Spirit of 1776” consists of three plates “Yankee Doodle,” “Mayflower,” and “The Boston Tea Party.”

You have one of these: “Yankee Doodle.” It is an original oil painting by Archibald Willard of Cleveland, Ohio, and first exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently exhibited at Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

First copywrite was held by John Meir & Sons of Tunstall, England. (1812-1899) Copyright mark on the back of the plate is JMs D&S 1899. Wedgwood revived the copywrite and began making the series in 1960 for the U.S.’s 200th anniversary in 1976.

Values are $190 for the entire series three plates (Insurance Replacement Value) or about $65 each (Fair Market Value)

Ed Tuten is the Executive Secretary of the New England Appraisers Association. He can be reached by calling 901-216-7070 or writing 6973 Crestridge Rd., Memphis, TN 38119. Please include photos and as complete information as you can.

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