Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Q: I have a soup dish marked "Indian Tree Ridgway." How can I tell if it is a replica or the real thing?

A: It's not a replica. The Indian Tree pattern is based on a Chinese design from the 1700s. It was a popular design in the 19th and 20th centuries and was made by several different manufacturers, including Ridgway. Pottery marked "Ridgway" or "Ridgways" has been made in the Staffordshire district in England since 1808. Your dish is also marked "detergent proof," which means it was made after c.1944.

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