Value of English Duchess Bone China 444?

I'm just trying to find out what my six piece set of china plates and cups is worth. We got it as a wedding gift while in England, from family in 1988. It says English Duchess bone china 444 on the bottom of the cups and plates. It it has a dark blue and gold design on it.
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June 1, 20200 found this helpful
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Fine china is just not on very many people's 'wanted' list and this makes it difficult to sell and most brands will fall in the low value field.
It is also very difficult to ship as most pieces are very fragile and many end up broken which means the 'set' is no longer a set and will have to be returned - at a sellers expense and all money refunded to the buyer.
This can be very expensive for a new or small seller on eBay or any other site.

You can take a look at what sellers are asking for similar pieces made by Duchess as I could not find any pattern that seemed to be valued over another.

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Most china companies made thousands of sets when china sets were an 'in thing' and now many people are downsizing and just trying to get rid of some 'stuff' they have stored away - and never used.

Here are listings on eBay and Etsy. You may not find any of your pattern - Lucerne - but plenty of similar pieces. These asking prices have very little to do with current value as asking prices are just prices a seller would like to receive for their items.
Only an identical sold piece can show current value as it shows what someone was willing to pay for that item. It will be very difficult to find an identical set so you'll just have look at similar items and make your own decision about value.

www.ebay.com/.../bn_7022550391

www.etsy.com/.../duchess_bone_china

Here is a link to eBay's sold listings so you can see what people are paying for pieces of this brand.

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www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_nkw=duchess+bone+china&_dcat...

This is a link that tells a little about the company and shows some of the most popular patterns - Lucerne is not in the list.

www.chinasearch.co.uk/.../

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June 21, 20200 found this helpful
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Someone sold a teacup and saucer of this pattern in an international sale for 8.59 + shipping(in the UK--but it doesn't say what dollar denomination this is).

It must be a rare pattern that so little info is available--that does not necessarily equate to value--it could just mean that people are holding on to them and there are just not a lot for sale at the moment.

If Replacements.com isn't interested, your best bet is to try to sell them through a consignment store. These are fragile and shipping is going to be a nightmare, even for an experienced seller.

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You may get less, but you will not have to worry about the items getting to the new owner in a million pieces.

Post back how your sale goes!

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June 1, 20200 found this helpful

I could not find the value of these lovely pieces, although this site can answer your questions. This site is currently out of this piece design, but they can give you the value. - www.replacements.com/.../ducluc.htm

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