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: 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.