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Hanlie Shapley of Wolseley writes Can you tell me more about this porcelain set? How old is it, where was it made, and does it have any value?

Ainsley Taylor of Stephan Welz & Co. replies This pretty vintage washbasin and pitcher set, together with matching chamber pot, was manufactured by English company J. & G. Meakin with the mark dating it as post-1890, early 20th century. This is confirmed by the style and pattern as well as the pieces themselves, which were once essential household items.

The company was founded in Hanley, England in 1951 by two brothers, John and George Meakin, who ran a very successful pottery producing quality, well-priced dinnerware and household items for the mass market. By the 1950s, the company was producing in excess of one million pieces per week. In 1970, the company was incorporated into the Wedgwood Group and in 2000 became part of Johnson Bros. The set appears to be in good condition, which should enhance its value.

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