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Is my bone china tea sets worth anything? I just want to know before I get rid of them. They are all Duberry, I think that is what they say on the bottom.
Here's a link with a lot of photos and pricing range variants depending on patterns. Hopefully, you will find yours in this grouping.
I like to go on eBay and see what items actually sold for. You may have to check regularly for a few months
For china retail values I always use Replacements.com to find out what my dishes sell for (value) retail. There is a search engine and you just match the photos to make sure you are picking the right item:
Their site will give you a retail value for each dish type (you can then add up what you have to get a value for the set--RETAIL--you will most likely NEVER get retail in any sale (flea market, yard, sale, to an antique store etc.)...so for selling value, if local, knock off at least 1/4 to 1/2 of retail price to value your set.
I sold a large number of dishes to them a few years ago and feel I got a fair price as Replacements gave me about 1/4 of their retail value. In my case this was perfect as I couldn't even get a buck a plate at the flea market because where I am no one wants these dishes--but in other parts of the country people do want them!! It was a win win!
You have to request a price list from them and follow their directions explicitly if you want to sell to them--there is a sell button on their site. They do not buy every dish they sell (it's all about supply and demand)...they price out what they buy by piece and they tell you the max of each piece they will buy or if they don't want a certain plate type or bowl type. Check back frequently because they buy list changes monthly.
You also have to pack the items VERY CAREFULLY as they are so fragile and if they get there broken, you are out the dish and the postage. I recommend double boxing items or if you live near North Carolina driving there. That is on my bucket list to take the rest of my set down there to sell and using the cash to pay for the vacation.
By the way, usually they sell their dishes on eBay as well as their own site...so for dishes, I typically just go directly to Replacements to value items as eBay is a duplicate of what is already on their site.
Hope this helps!
It seems that if DuBarry is the only name on your set it is not as valuable as other brand name china with the Dubarry shown as a pattern name. In other words, Dubarry is a pattern and used by numerous companies such as Lenox, Spode, Royal Daulton, etc..
"Elegant - Shelley database term for the highly decorated series of patterns, primarily on the Gainsborough shape produced in three or more colors during the World War II years, including such patterns as Georgian, Crochet, DuBarry, Regal, Sheraton and Duchess."
Go on replacements.com and see what they are worth.
Sorry but unless there is another name besides Dubarry on your tea sets you have reproductions of the original designs. This does not mean they have no value, it just means they will not have the high value of the original sets/designs.
The original sets were/are made by major chinaware companies and have the word Dubarry because it is a design/pattern and utilized by over 100 companies that make chinaware.
If you Google Dubarry you will see that china with Dubarry in the name is shown as a pattern and made by a major chinaware company.
Replacements has a huge amount of Dubarry listed but it all has a major chinaware name with it and there is no just Dubarry china listed on Replacements right now.
But, Replacements may still be interested in purchasing these tea sets so you should still fill out their form and see what they say.
Your tea sets may have another another name besides Dubarry so please check out the bottom of several pieces to be sure.
Perhaps you could post a picture of the markings so someone could maybe help you further with finding a value.
I have a dish that says Royal Albert Bone China England Prairie Rose on the bottom. It is heart shaped with wavy edges and has a small handle. The print is of wild roses. About how much is this worth?
This similar one is asking $24.95 on eBay. www.ebay.com/
You can find this lovely piece at ReplacementsLTD, for $39.99!
This is a pretty pattern and some rare pieces seem to be of high value; such as the teapot and large platters but most of the other pieces are in the $25-$35 range.
Replacements has this relish dish listed at $39.95 which probably means it would be valued below that amount but it might sell faster than some of the pieces sitting on sites 'waiting'.
I did notice that Replacements has reduced some of their prices on this brand/pattern and that usually means it is not selling and they want to reduce their stock.
What a pretty piece! The other posters have given you the retail value of your item -- which is what a company like Replacements would fetch for it if they sold it -- so that price is retail.
For you, a general person, you can expect to get 1/8 to 1/4 of that value...if it sells. You can always start it at the high price (retail) and take best offer.
If Replacements is offering discounts on the piece, then I will not recommend what I usually do, which is to sell it to them and be done with it. When they offer discounts that means they are no longer buying the pattern because there is no demand.
So you can plan if you are going to sell it, it will most likely sit for months, if not years before it sells. I can say this because I used to sell pieces like this and they would fly off the table/eBay until they didn't any more--which was a few years ago.
I would set it up as a Good until cancelled eBay auction for it, with the best offer button clicked and then put in the best offer price of the lowest you will take and let it it sit out there.
If you want a very quick sale, I suggest pricing it for a few bucks at a yard sale. There is a contingent of people out there who are buying up old dishes for pennies with the hope that the market will turn. Which it may.
What we are seeing today is millennials don't want "stuff" of any kind including pretty dishes, and the rest of us are getting old and trying to get rid of our stuff and pretty dishes so we have created a high supply, low demand market which has driven prices to their all time lows.
It is sad. These people that do buy them must have lots of storage space and are banking on that the Gen Z's will want their granny's dishes in 5-10 years. I know from having Gen Z kids in my world that unless they do a 180, they hate granny's and auntie's "stuff" even more than the millennials...but they may outgrow those feelings :)
Thanks for sharing! I so wish I had better values for you!
This piece is listed on eBay for $25. However, if you go to replacement.com you can find they are selling it for around $40.
I have a complete set of bone China from England. It has the "number/letter" markings in the center on the back of the plates. How would I get this appraised and where? We live in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
You have authentic English bone china. It was made before 1967 because the words, "Tuscan Fine English Bone China" are placed above an English crown. I hope you have the complete set. I'm not sure what it is worth, but this British website would be able to help you: www.collectable-china.co.uk/
Some finer jewelry stores offer china appraisals, as do some upscale auction houses.
Your photo does not give us very much information as the pattern name, number of pieces or place settings that you are calling a complete set and most importantly a photo of the pattern are missing.
Manufactured for Harrods (on the back) may mean a "private" pattern made only for Harrods or may be just one of the patterns made for Harrods and not sold worldwide.
Because there is no photo or pattern name you will have to do your own research as you have the china in front of you. Basic research for Tuscan anywhere may not tell you anything unless you can get information concerning the patterns sold/made for Harrods.
Replacements is usually the best place to find out the value of fine china but this will not work with the information shown here.
Here is their web site that you can send them photos of your china and they may be able to identify it for you and they may be able to give you an estimate of value.
I have a commemorative plate/saucer with the pictures of Charles and Diana and the wording: To Commemorate the Birth of Their First Child". Is it worth anything?
I don't think this has a very high value at all. I've seen a few of these advertised for sale on eBay and they are asking only $16 to $20 for them. I think this is more of a collectors item and doesn't hold a high resale value at all.
It's not worth much. I bought a mug to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth in 1977 and it's probably worth less than what I paid.
I have some bone china; made in England. Royal Vale number 7514 cup, saucer, and plate. Does this set have any value?
By Kerrie Ann
Old bone china pieces can have a range of values. The maker, age, and rarity of the piece all play a part. This is a page about how to find the value of an English bone china tea set.