Q: My gold-trimmed Limoges fish plate has two marks on the bottom. One is green with the words “Limoges” and “France” divided by a horizontal arrow. The other is red with the circled initials “AK” above “CD.” Outside the circle are, again, the words “Limoges” and “France.” Please tell me who made the plate, how old it is and what it’s worth.
A: It’s likely that the two marks on your plate were made by two different companies in Limoges, the green mark by the company that made the plate and the AK/CD mark by the decorating firm. Experts think the AK stands for A. Klingenberg and the CD for Charles Dwenger, two decorating firms that may have merged in the mid 1890s. The mark appears on dishes made between about 1895 and 1910. Limoges fish plates the age and quality of yours sell for $150 or more.