We had hoped that the numbers quoted in the letter (“12 61” and “9 81”) were dates, but after doing some research, we are afraid this is not the case. We checked out the pattern by going to Replacements.com, and the site noted that this particular pattern (“Countryside”) was made between 1966 and 1968.
The picture Replacements supplied with this information matches exactly the two plates in the photos submitted by J.D. Unfortunately, these two plates do not have much monetary value, and generally sell (at retail) in the range of $8 to $11 each.
As a closing note, it appears that a company calling itself “Enoch Wedgwood” took over Wedgwood and Company when it closed in 1965. It, in turn, was acquired by Josiah Wedgwood in 1980, who renamed it the “Unicorn Pottery.”
Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson are the authors of “Price It Yourself” (HarperResource, $19.95). Contact them at Treasures in Your Attic, PO Box 18350, Knoxville, TN 37928. Email them at treasures@text1:@@text1:knology.net.