Grafton China Tea Set - Antique China and Fine China Collectibles Query
Grafton China Tea Set - Antique China and Fine China Collectibles Query:- My grandma recently acquired a Grafton china tea set from a friend of hers who had had it for a long time. It is very pretty and i have not seen anything like it when searching on the internet.
It is blue and white and each is patterned with tiny flowers. The rim of each cup and the saucers are also shaped like flowers. (Sorry if I explained this badly)
Please, please, please could somebody give me any information about the tea set? i.e. what time it might have been made, or the average value of Grafton china?
I know nothing except that Grafton is a Staffordshire make that was discontinued...
I would be very grateful to anyone who could do so, thank you!
Reply from Peter (admin) below - just scroll down
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Reply by Peter (admin)
To:- Grafton China Tea Set - Antique China and Fine China Collectibles Query
Thanks for your query and a big thanks for also flagging up the fact I had not cross-referenced 'Grafton' under "G" - just under "R" for 'Royal Grafton'. This is now fixed. It's great when visitors help in this way as I try to make navigation of my site as simple as possible. Many china information sites have great content, but their navigation is not helpful at all. I have tried to make this complex subject easy.
I've also designed the China Replacement
page to help people get a rough idea of the value of their china wares. You'll find links to the best 'China Replacement' sites and also a lesson in how to search on ebay to find the current online auction value of your wares (not all that easy - but OK when you know all the tricks).
From that page, you will find a link to Replacement.com. Use their website to identify your pattern name. Go to the china section, then the Grafton (or Royal Grafton) and use the thin blue vertical image bars on the left of the page to identify your pattern. This will help you search for value for similar. If it's not there, register with them (this is free).
Due to the fact that you are using the name "Grafton China"
and not 'Royal Grafton' suggests the tea set is dated before 1949, and therefore older and more valuable. After 1949, most pottery marks were stamped with Royal Grafton. I am not sure which license of warrant they actually held, or whether it was just a marketing trick. In any case, you can get a full rundown of their marks here:- Dates of Grafton China Marks
Your set sounds old, interesting and rare. You may well have something of value to Grafton collectors. A photo would've been nice! Feel free to submit one at any time and I'll add it to this submission.
NB: photos are always a good idea on this public forum as it helps us to identify the wares.
Hope this helps, Abby, and good luck with identifying your tea set.
p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china