Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Asbury Park Plate

Q: Can you tell me the value of my old blue-gray souvenir plate picturing views of Asbury Park, New Jersey? The views show six different town landmarks. There are stars circling the plate's rim and at the top is the title, "Views of Asbury Park, N.J."

A: Many different potteries in England and the United States made American souvenir plates. The plates were immensely popular from the 1890s until World War I and show scenes from famous places like Niagara Falls and from small towns, too. Others picture historical events. The plates are often marked with the maker's name, the importer's name, or both. Rowland & Marsellus, a New York City importing company in business from about 1893 to 1937, sold at least three different Asbury Park plates. If yours was originally sold by Rowland and Marsellus, it should have a diamond-shaped mark on the back with "R&M Co." inside. Rowland & Marsellus imported plates, vases, cups, saucers, and other items from different potteries in the Staffordshire district of England, but the items were marked only with the Rowland & Marsellus mark. No matter which company made or imported your plate, it would sell for about $75 to $100.


Deb said...

I am so sorry to hear about Ralph, he will surely be missed by all. My prayers are with you Terry, may you find peace with your family and friends around the world.

Debbie in Florida

Anonymous said...

Ralph, was a sincerely dedicated antiquer. He will be missed, Please accept my sympathy toward all his family. Joan in Texas

Anonymous said...

Ralph will be missed by all of us who faithfully have watched both of you on TV, read these weekly Kovel's Komments and/or bought your books. I am a devoted follower and my sympathy and affection goes out to the whole family. Marcia