Q: I have a perfect set of dishes marked “Monarch China, Made in Occupied Japan, Montana Rose.” The pieces are decorated with roses and trimmed in gold. There are 96 pieces in the set, which includes 12 place settings and various serving pieces. Can you tell me something about the dishes and how much they’re worth?
A: Your dishes were made between 1947 and 1952, when Allied forces occupied Japan after World War II. They were made specifically for export. Sets of Monarch China’s “Montana Rose” pattern dishes have sold recently for $120 to $250.