Q: Is Sabin China valuable? I have six dinner plates, salad plates, and cups and saucers and a serving bowl decorated with a picture of George & Martha Washington dancing and a man playing a flute in the background. The bottom is marked “S” inside a painter’s pallet and says “Warranted 22K.” There are no chips or cracks and the gold border pattern is still in good condition. Can you tell me where and when they were made and what their value may be?
A: Sabin China Co. was founded in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, by Sam Sabin and his brother-in-law, Leonard Berkowitz, in 1939. The company was sold to Mount Clemens Pottery of Mount Clemens, Mich., in 1967. Production ended in 1987. This is an unnamed pattern. The couple dancing, dressed in Colonial clothing, in a romantic setting are unidentified and not meant to represent George and Martha Washington. Retail prices online: plate, $10; cup and saucer, $18.
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