Q: I would like to know something about the maker of a platter that has been in my family for years. It’s marked “Greenwood China, made for P, JB and Sons, Hotel Department” and “Greenwood China, Trenton, N.J.” are impressed on the back. Can you tell me how old this is?
A: Greenwood Pottery was founded in 1868. It began marking pieces “Greenwood China” in 1886. During the early 1900s, Greenwood Pottery and Greenwood China were listed at separate addresses in Trenton, although they were under the same management. Dinnerware, hotel ware, restaurant ware and other items were made. Hotel china was marked with the letter “P” underneath “Greenwood China.” The pottery also made porcelain marked “Greenwood Art Pottery.” The art pottery ewers and vases can sell for over $1,000 each. Greenwood Pottery was out of business by about 1933.