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I have dinner plates, salad, bread, cups and saucers, but should I keep them and pass them on or should I give away?
It is a tough call what to do with dishes.
Most young people don't want fancy dishes, so selling locally is always a challenge even if they have market value. It all depends on someone's whim at the moment.
Most thrift stores don't like to take dishes because they sit for ages and take up space and get dusty and sell for very little. You could get a tax credit for the donation depending on where you donated. If that is helpful to you, it is an option if you can find an organization willing to take them.
My first line is to check around in the family first to see if someone loves them and wants them! There maybe someone just starting out who can use them.
My second line is that I have found there are sometimes churches or other religious organizations who take dishes if they are working with a family who needs them (like someone who just had a fire or if they re-settle refuge families).
If you want the cash, the only way I go (and I have done TONS of research) is to sell them through Replacements.com.
I say this because is lovely to work with and offer fair prices as long as you follow their instructions to a "T".
You do need to be very careful with packing and to save money consider using the USPS one price boxes. It may take a bunch of boxes...but it is the easiest way to ship on your own.
Hope this helps.
I have a box of Homer Laughlin china, the cameo pattern (green) and I'm wondering if I should donate it or if it might be worth something. I think I got it from my daughter who got it from her Mimi. The stamp on the bottom is F 56 N8. I can send pictures if you like, but they're in good shape, with no chips. I have bowls, saucers, coffee cups, and plates. Thanks for any information you can provide.
I always use Replacements.com to sell dishes. I sold over 30 of my nana's pieces a few years ago and made several hundred dollars.
If you go to their site and follow their directions, they will send you a bid sheet and let you know if they will buy them.
If they aren't buying...if you have a place like we do in Pittsburgh called Center for Creative Reuse, you may see if they want them for artists to break up and use in their mosaics.
My third suggestion is to do what I plan to do to a batch of pretty but otherwise unsellable dishes...I plan to break them myself and sell them on Ebay as a lot. If you go to Ebay and type in broken china mosaic tiles you can see they do sell pretty well! The key is breaking them so you preserve the pattern. The bonus to this method is smashing china when you are having a bad day is a great stress reliever :)
The company was founded in 1871 and is still active. I saw something similar on eBay for $85, but this is just the asking price.
I would go to ebay.com and type in the name of this pitcher. There might be others on there selling the same thing. This will give you a good idea of what they are going for as far as price.
I'm not familiar with Homer Laughlin but I see there are several hundred listed on eBay so it would take a long time to research without a better description/name.
You might try asking your question at Replacements as they have a big selection and they also buy some items.
You will need the size of your pitcher to go with photos and an accurate condition statement.
There is a Facebook site specific to HL items:
Perhaps they can confirm my info which this may be from the early 1900s (although sadly not one of the more sought after HL item):
This one that looks identical to yours sold on ebay for under a best offer of $13 (which means they could have taken 12.99 down to one penny (plus shipping).
Please see if you agree this matches yours:
Condition is everything and maybe it is the photos, but your condition looks to be between poor and fair.
Post back what you learn!
The Homer Laughlin china co. still seems to exist today, in the form of Homer Laughlin China Co and also Fiesta, all seem to provide a range of values in a more rugged aesthetic than your average fine china
The other interesting thing about this company is that at one pt it seemed to acquire Hall China, which I know for a fact is a very lauded and collectible antique china product.
A nice thing about the company is it still apparently manufactures in West Virginia
That pitcher looks very similar to the one I have. Thank you for the information. I appreciate your help.
I purchased a Homer Laughlin piece at a local auction a few years back. Over the years we have searched for any information or value, and have came up with nothing. We did find out it was originally a three piece set, but we only have the one piece. We also found that only four were made, and a value was unknown because none had ever been sold. The piece we have is a tea pitcher that looks like a baseball. Could you please help us!
Upload a picture to replacements.com and they can help you determine a value.
This has me so curious. Is this the pattern? I have never known HL to make limited editions like you describe so I want to learn more. Their items are so cool! Can you post a photo of the piece?
You may want to contact the company to get more information:
Homer Laughlin has made a lot of different sets and series but I have never heard of them making such a small number before.
Someone may have been able to provide more information if you provide pictures of the teapot and the markings on the bottom.
I have 2 sea mist green Homer Laughlin Scooby Doo plates and 2 sets of salt and pepper shakers. I cannot find them anywhere for sale. What would they be worth today? I would estimate they are approximately 25 years old.
I have some Homer Laughlin dishware, 4 saucer plates and one dinner plate. The saucer plates are dated January 1938. The dinner plate I'm guessing around the 20s. I got the dates through a code that is on the plates, but other than that I don't know anything else. Please help! I don't know anything about antique plates. Are they worth anything? Maybe a little history?
According to this article, the dishes are not worth much:
Homer Laughlin china is very popular but only certain patterns/pieces are very valuable. Fiesta ware being the most popular and the early/original pieces still sell well.
Here is a little history:
eBay and Replacements,LTD are the best places to find almost true value of china - what someone will actually pay. eBay has several thousand Homer Laughlin pieces listed and if you insert your pattern name, you may find some pieces for sale.
Replacements, LTD has a lot of pieces listed but the same here - insert your pattern name to see actual sale prices (if pieces are available). You can also go to their web site and ask questions.
Here is a pattern that looks similar to your photo but no pieces are available:
Currently not worth more than a couple of dollars for this pattern. But, the HL prices change every so often. I collect some, and am surprised at how the prices can fluctuate every 10 years or so.
I inherited my grandmother's vintage china; it is from the Homer Laughlin China Company and my research on line has given me a little history on my china pattern. It was made in 1937 and the pattern was discontinued sometime in 1942. I did a Google search from the stamp on the back of all the dishes. "Eggshell Nautilus USA D51N5" When I typed this in for a Google search it was the wrong pattern. So my question is what does the D51N5 indicate? It doesn't appear to be the pattern at all.
Can anyone tell me if these dishes are worth anything and if so about how much. They are "Eggshell Georgian". I have:
1 - platter
7 - plates
4 - salad bowls
5 - little bowl
4 - little plates
8 - little bit bigger plates
1 - cup
1 - thing to pour with
1 - container with a lid
I inherited my grandmother's Homer Laughlin (HLC) dinnerware, that was bought as a gift for her in 1952 by my father who worked at HLC making the color that goes on the dishes. I have 10 full place settings, with all the bowls and plates, the teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, several casseroles, several platters, serving bowls, and 10 cup and saucer sets. I think that covers everything. They are beautiful, the Lady Stratford pattern, with 24k gold, and roses.
The warehouse is in immaculate condition, with only 1 chip that I found after going through everything. I am curious as the whether this will have any value. I likely won't sell, but I'm curious.
This one has some of the serving pieces and is only 5 place settings. Yours has 10. They are asking $300. Why dont you follow this link for the length of the auction? You will see if it sells and at what price. www.ebay.com/
You can learn their retail value at replacements.com
They will pay much less than retail, but are an excellent service to deal with. I sold a bunch of another HL pattern there a few years ago and was very pleased!
I am wanting to know the age or approximately the age and the value of a Homer Laughlin piece. It is one that you obviously would not use and it looks to have been hand-painted and has the crackle effect. Any information about this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so very much for your time and for offering this service.
I can't seem to find anything about this piece online, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this piece.