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Q I have an oval casserole dish with a lid. I don't know much about it. I'm thinking it's from the 1800s. It's marked ''J & E Mayer'' and ''Underglaze Amherst''. It's white with a green ivy-like pattern and gold accents.? A few people have told me it's valuable. Can you tell me anything about it?

A J & E Mayer was founded by Joseph and Ernest Mayer in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1881. After 1912, most of the dinnerware was made for restaurants, railroads, airlines, ships, and the military. The company was renamed Mayer China Co. in 1923. It continued under different owners until 2003. Your casserole is probably restaurant china and sells for less than $50.


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