Q: I’m from Holland and would like information about this plate. It’s marked with the initials “S” and “M” and a word that looks like “chorziez.” Do you know where it was made and what it’s worth?
A: The blurry word is Chodziez, a town in northwest Poland. In the early years, Chodziez was part of Prussia and in 1879 the name became Kolmar in Posen. The initials on this mark stand for Stanislaw Manczak, a Polish goldsmith who became the owner of the Kolmar porcelain factory in 1921. He sold the factory in the late 1930s and it was taken over by the German government during World War II. The Kolmar Porcelain Factory was under private ownership again after 1992 and is now in business as Zakłady Porcelany i Porcelitu Chodzież S.A. This mark was used from 1922 to 1936. The value of your plate is minimal because it has two large chips, a small crack and several “dings.” If perfect, it might sell for $50 to an alphabet plate collector.