From the Heart of English Pottery: Yenke Peddler Antiques

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Holy Week and Passover are celebrated this week. May God bless each of you as spring renews our faithful feelings!

As we prepare our festive tables, one of the oldest names in porcelain comes to mind. English Derbyware spans over a century of production. The first years are rewarded with a young apprentice, André Planche. He began to make decorative ornaments – small, but impressive.

A financier friend, John Heath, came on board with the investment money needed to expand.

Additionally, a highly skilled craftsman, William Duesbury, brought a combination of talent and diversity to make Derby top notch.

In the late 1700s, Michael Kean took over and changed the direction of the factory to include oriental designs. While economist Robert Bloor resurrected old moulds, lowered prices and increased production, Derby prospered in 1815. Sadly, his death in 1845 meant the closure of this famous factory.

Another legendary English manufacturer is Royal Doulton. From 1815, their business boomed and became a household name. Their talented artists led the trend of their acclaimed products.

Today, “The Butterfly Girl” HN 720 figure is selling with a strong estimate of $5,500. She is Art Deco, 1920s and very striking.

The Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton companies are now all owned by Fiskars.

Set the table in style!

Hello Mrs Yenke,

This ring was given to my mother by my father when they were dating. I’ve had it all my life. It dates from 1928. What is the story behind this ring and please indicate its value.


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Hi Ruth,

Alfred E. Smith ran for president in 1928, gifting this political keepsake. He served as Governor of New York and proved to have great support, despite being a Catholic. He was successful as governor for many years, but eventually lost his presidential bid to Herbert Hoover. The Al Smith Dinner began the year after his death in 1945. It is still famous today, honoring the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, a charity for all children in need in the Archdiocese of New York. . The value of your ring is small – $35 – but the sentiment is great.

If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].

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