Q: I have a blue and white ironstone platter with a floral border and a center scene of a horse-drawn stagecoach with several men riding on top. It’s marked, “Coaching Scenes, Made in England by Johnson Bros., a genuine hand engraving, all decoration under the glaze detergent & acid resisting colour, ironstone, Passing Through.” I would like to know what it could be worth.
A: Johnson Brothers was founded in 1883 in Hanley, England, and is still in business. In 1968 it became part of the Wedgwood Group, which became part of WWRD in 2009. The word “detergent” is a clue to age. Although the first detergents were made in the 1930s, they didn’t become popular until the 1940s. Johnson Brothers introduced its “Coaching Scenes” series in 1963 and continued producing it until 1999. Dishes were made in blue and white, pink and white and green and white with different center scenes. “Passing Through” is the name of the scene on your plate. Value of your plate: about $35.