Q: I have a porcelain coffeepot that was my mother’s, so I know it’s at least 50 years old. There are two marks on the bottom. One is a circle with “Germany” and then another circle inside that. The other mark is a crown above a shield with the initials “P” and “A” in opposite corners and “Arzberg, Bavaria” below the shield. I’d like to know what it’s worth.
A: This shield mark with initials was used by porcelain factory Arzberg, Bavaria, Germany. The factory operated under various names and owners starting about 1887. It was called Porzellanfabrik Arzberg (Porcelain Factory Arzberg) beginning in 1927. This mark was used from 1927 to 1946. Arzberg Porcelain has been part of Rosenthal GmbH since 2015. A similar Arzberg coffeepot sold for $30.