How Do You Tell If Old China Dishes Are Valuable?

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The value of old china dishes depends on the company or maker, age, and condition. Some pieces of old, antique or vintage dishes are clearly marked, making them easy to identify. Others may not be marked. Either way, using antique and vintage pottery and porcelain resources, you should be able to determine the value of your old china dishes. Look for company or maker's marks on your old dishes. The marks may be a name, a number or a symbol, and are generally found on the bottom of plates, bowls, serving pieces, cups and saucers. Identify the marks using antique pottery and porcelain books or online websites. Some companies that have been in business for a long time may have many different marks. Look carefully to identify the mark exactly like the one on your tableware. Determine the pattern of your old, antique dishes. Pay attention to the background color, decoration, and edges or your dishes. Books and online antique and collectible websites will provide examples of identical or ... more
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