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Hollisters of Mishawaka

Hollisters of Mishawaka

Jack (View posts)
Posted: 1140411531000
Classification: Query
I have a small porcelain hand paited plate .. with two small children painted on it Both appear in bonnets and white gowns.. on the back it is stamped in gold

" John Frederick Hollister and Sarah Louise Hollister of Mishawaka Ind., "

>>>I am trying to attach a couple photos <<<.. any of you that are from the area .. Could you tell me anything at all about the Hollisters or this plate .. It is quite ornate " Made in Germany" and the front scene is handpainted.. Any information on this is much apprecitaed .. Thanks ..Jack B.

Re: Hollisters of Mishawaka

Sara (View posts)
Posted: 1143767744000
Classification: Query
This family is found in the 1930 Census for Mishawaka IN (St. Joseph Co.) headed by Carrie Hollister, age 63, son John 20, daughter Sarah 21, and mother Sara Uline 87. An obituary for a John F. Hollister is in the South Bend Tribune 10/01/2004 according to the St. Joseph Co. Public Library obituary index.

I hope this helps. (I am not researching this family)

Re: Hollisters of Mishawaka

Posted: 1364351704000
Classification: Query
I have the same identical plate. I thought only one had been made but now I know at least two were produced. I have had my plate about 40 years and purchased it from an antique
I found these 2 children on the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 &
1940 Federal Censuses on I learned the same
death date for John but have not learned the death date for
Sarah/Sara. She is on the 1940 census married to a Wm. Clanson. Sarah/Sara was born about 1909.
This looks like a souvenir plate. The background appears to be a decal applied. I believe the faces might have been
been hand-painted.

Re: Hollisters of Mishawaka

Posted: 1421988501000
Classification: Query
The plate, shown in earlier post has been relisted on eBay # 191484265504 -- closes early tomorrow.

Was entirely handpainted in Germany, and imported by the John H. Roth Co. of Peoria, better known as Jonroth. They specialized in souvenir china. No decals involved, plate was entirely handpainted. Normally they did views of historical sites (Mount Vernon, Monticello, various court houses, etc.), sometimes in fairly large quantities. There are a few views of famous historical sites which are quite common.

However, portraits like these, of the Hollister children, were very rare, and very expensive, not only to produce, for the Jonroth customer. And it had to be an important Jonroth customer for John H. Roth, Sr. to even take the time/trouble to have his German workshop produce it. Only other ones that I know exist were done of the Roth children.

It's really tragic that this was lost from the family, or from the local historical society. If anyone knows anyone in the Hollister family still existing in Indiana, hope they can track down this piece -- if not sold (asking $29.95 plus shipping) should be returned to the Hollister family.
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