Q: This lovely floral vase has been in my possession for 70 years. The bottom is signed and printed with the words "Potter to H.M. the Queen" and "Made in England." I've made a sketch of the marks. The vase is 5 inches high and 4 inches wide. I would appreciate any information, including its value.
A: Your vase was made by Moorcroft Pottery of Burslem, England. William Moorcroft established the pottery in 1913. He received a Royal Appointment from Queen Mary in 1928 and began stamping his pottery "Potter to H.M. the Queen." After King George died in 1936, Elizabeth became queen and the stamp on Moorcroft pottery was changed to "Potter to H.M. Queen Mary." William Moorcroft died in 1945, but Moorcroft Pottery is still in business. Your vase is worth $500 to $1,000.