Q: I just inherited a dinner set of Royal Staffordshire Pottery. I was told it’s approximately 100 years old and had been a wedding gift given to my great-grandmother. Despite the information marked on the bottom of the dishes, I cannot find any information on this set, date of manufacture, or value. Can you help?
A: Arthur J. Wilkinson (Ltd.) operated the Royal Staffordshire Pottery at Burslem, England, beginning in 1885. This mark was used about 1907. The pottery was sold to W.R. Midwinter Ltd. in 1964. Sets of dishes are hard to sell and must be a full set, not missing cups or plates. If you like the pattern, you can enjoy using the dishes as a family heirloom. Otherwise, you could donate them to a charity and take the tax deduction. Figure the value as about the same as for a new set of dishes.