Q: We received this platter as a gift while living in England. The gentleman who presented it to us dealt in porcelain. We never got the chance to ask about it. Can you tell us the maker, age, and possible value?
A: Your platter was made by Read & Clementson, a pottery in Shelton (Hanley), Staffordshire, England. The pottery was founded about 1832 by Jonah Read and Joseph Clementson. The partnership was dissolved in 1839 but Clementson continued on his own and similar platters were made after 1839. Yours could be worth hundreds of dollars. Antique colored transferware is a popular collectible.