November 19th, 2007


[help] Identifying a century-old China pattern

I'm hoping somebody reading (or a friend of somebody reading) is a china enthusiast. Here at Baja Rancho Lake, the extensive holdings are being transgenerationally de-accessioned. We've got an 8-piece service of china of unknown provenance, which doesn't strike any of us as particularly tasteful. Here's what we know.

  • It came down the Kessler side of the family

  • It was brought over by German immigrants sometime before 1910

  • There is no maker's mark on the backs or bottoms of the pieces, though some pieces have what is apparently a discretely painted piece or article number ("6", for example)

  • You could drown the Duke of Clarence in the sugar bowl, which was apparently intended to create an entire germ-line of diabetics

We're trying to identify this service, to see if it has historic or locational significance. Any comments (or pass alongs to qualified commentors) would be very helpful.

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