Q: We inherited this 8-inch dish from my mother-in-law in the 1990s and would like to know if you can tell us anything about it. It looks like it has a Meissen crossed swords mark. How old is it?
A: The mark on your dish is not the Meissen crossed swords mark. If you look closely, you can see that each of the two crossed lines has a letter at the base, "D" and "B." The word "Hohr" is underneath the lines. The mark was used by Dumler & Breiden of Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany, a company that made stoneware and steins. The company was founded by Peter Dumler and his brother-in-law, Albert Breiden, in 1883. It closed in 1992. Variations of this mark were used until the 1970s. The mark on your dish was used from about 1930 to 1936.