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 set of figurines called the “Queen’s Beasts.” I have one of the sets, complete and in pristine condition. I also have the original boxes, the Royal Heraldry Society book about the beasts, the Royal Pottery Association book telling about the vases, the original sales brochure for the Beasts, and first issue date of the stamps and postcards released in 1998. What is my collection worth?
A: When an English monarch is crowned, the Royal Heraldry Society researches the royal lineage and comes up with a set of heraldic beasts that define her royal lineage. The beasts are then created out of Portland stone and placed to line the entrance to the coronation venue. The beasts are later moved to another site for permanent display.
The Pottery association, as their gift to the Queen, created a vase, one for every country in the United Kingdom at the time. Each vase was different, but they all have porcelain versions of the Beasts in niches around the outside of vase. After the Queen’s coronation, Minton asked permission to make sets of the Beasts for public sale and this is what you have.
They were made for only six months but it is unclear as to how many sets were made in that six-month period. A two piece set of the lion and unicorn were made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and the Diamond Jubilee, this was limited to 250 sets but no mention of the earlier ten piece set.
The set of ten that you have was crafted in 1955 by Minton based on designs by James Woodford. The original purchase price was 17 pounds 10 shillings.
As for resale value your collection would sell for $3,000-$4,000.
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.