Michelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:
Q: My Gramma has a 30-piece set of blue and white dinnerware that is marked, “Staffordshire Engravings 17th Century” plates, bowls and teacups. How would we go about selling them and for how much?
A: What you have is a contemporary reproduction of antique transfer ware china that was made by several factories in Staffordshire England. The pattern depicts a 17th century inn with a carriage and horses in front.
The fact that it is marked dishwasher and microwave safe is an indication that this is not old and dates from around 1980 to present. No company name is noted only that it was “Made in China” so we can’t be sure who made the dinnerware. On the plus side blue and white dinnerware is desirable and with it being contemporary we can rest assured that there is no lead in the glaze or paint. This is always a good thing and something to be considered when purchasing older dinnerware.
The best place to sell a set such as this is a classified ad or even a garage sale. The value is not very high at $20-$35 for the entire set.
note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half of resale value.