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A Pretty Platter

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Question: This turkey platter has been in my family's home for as long as I can remember. It measures 15 1/4 inches by 11 inches. The mark on the back reads, "Embassy U.S.A. Vitrified China." I have been unable to find out anything about the manufacturer. Can you help?

Answer: Platters decorated with images of turkeys were produced by many of England's Staffordshire Potteries in the 19th century. Of course, the mark on this platter indicates that it was made in America. Nevertheless, the maker of this platter has been as elusive to find as a bird in a crowded barnyard. Numerous sightings of this transfer-decorated platter are noted on internet sites and in auction catalogs. They can bear any of a handful of maker's marks, including that of the Homer Laughlin China Company, the producer of Fiesta dinnerware. Other marks that turn up are Sterling China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Limoges China Company of Sebring, Ohio. I am unable to confirm the source of the Embassy mark. The ubiquitous platter dates to the 1950s and currently sells for $20 to $40.

-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News