Bradford Exchange plate

bradexplateMichelle 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: I have a beautiful limited edition collector’s plate and would like to find out more information and the value. It measures 8 1/2″ in diameter and is in perfect condition with the original box, certificate of authenticity and other paperwork. Details on the back of the plate are: Knowles Bradford Exchange Bradex #84-K41-9.1. It has a very long plate number noted, of the Edna Hibel Mother’s Day Plate for 1984. “Uniquely created in layers of pigment and 22 karat gold by Edna Hibel exclusively for this limited edition on pure hard-fire china by Edwin M. Knowles. Abby and Lisa, edition limited to a firing period closing forever on May 12, 1984. A mother’s love for her child is the same all over the world. It is the gift of Life, and all other gifts are reflections of it. Edna Hibel.”

A: This is indeed a lovely plate and based on the quantity of questions coming in on Bradford Exchange “limited edition” plates it must be time to address this question once again. First I will speak to your plate. It was issued in 1984 and depicts “Abby and Lisa”, it is the first plate in Edna Hibels’ Mother’s Day series of plates with Edna Hibel being the designer of the image.

Bradford Exchange advertises their plates, dolls and other “collectible” items through national magazines and direct mail, which means that their audience reach is tremendous. They are advertised as being “limited edition” BUT the only limit is that the items are manufactured for a year. I have made several attempts over the years to find out how many plates are made in the year span of time but have yet to get a response. Suffice it to say that with current automated manufacturing capabilities this number is quite large.

With so many of these plates being purchased there is a glut on the market and this in turn lowers the secondary market value.

The first in a series will generally sell for $15-$20 and pieces from later in the series sell for less than $10. There are a few exceptions such as the “Gone With the Wind” series and a few of the noted personalities such as Elvis but even these plates sell for much less than the original purchase price. A true limited edition item is limited to a specific number of pieces such as 50, 100 or even 500.

With all of this being said, your plate is worth $15-$20 to a very willing buyer.

Thank you for your question and allowing me to address this often asked question.

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 pawn shop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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  1. Kathy Clinkenbeard

    I bought a Bradford Exchange
    2009 #01-08604-001
    Statue called:
    Summoning the Spirit of the Wolf
    By Al Agnew
    First Issue In The
    Call of the Wild Dancer Collection.
    When I received it, it was broken in 2 places. I need to find out the value for insurance purposes. How would I do that??? I live in the OK City, OK area.

    • Michelle Staley

      Insurance companies usually require a written appraisal statement so you will need to check with your company and then come back here where I can do an appraisal. There is a $25 fee for the appraisal.

  2. Hi I have a few sets off these plates Royal doulton and wedgewood and many others all in the same condition as the plate above from the 1960 up to the 1980s and others I need appraised but don’t no where to take them I live in Manchester can u help me.

  3. Can you eat off of these collectible plates Bradford Exchange etc.? I haven’t had any luck selling them so are they any use at all? This is not a trolling, I’m so serious.

    • Michelle Staley

      These are for decoration only and not to be eaten off of. It should say on the back that they are for decorative use only.

      Thank you, Michelle

  4. I have a set of 21 Gone With the Wind collectable plates. What kind of place is the best to take them to see what they are worth?

    • Michelle Staley

      Thank you for visiting my antique appraisal website.

      Your plates were crafted by Bradford Exchange (Bradex) in the 1980’s. There was a series designed by Mary Jo Phalen and was limited to 90 firing days this series the first plate has a resale value of $30-$40 and the others sell for about $15-$20. There was another series designed by another artist and those sell for about $10 less than the Phalen plates.

      Even though there is a limit to the number of firing days the company was about to make tens of thousands of these plates in that timeframe. Rarity comes in to play when placing a value on contemporary collectibles and these are easy to find.

  5. I have a set of 21 Gone With the Wind collectable plates. What kind of place is the best to take them to see what they are worth? I also have an old stand up desk, but can’t find any information on it

  6. I would like to have an appraisal of “The Room that light made”. Sitting Pretty ”

    Thank you

    I have several plates and would appreciate knowing their value.

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