Ever fancied having 24 hour access to an Antiques Roadshow expert? Want to have an easy way to get your antique and vintage fine china valued? Here's how to do it with a simple ready-reckoner tool.
Have a quick scan read below and you will be applying this tool in 40 seconds. It's free and you can have a go without leaving this page.
You must know what you have. You need to know the age and make, and whether the company was a quality producer or not.
So what I have designed is a 'ready-reckoner valuation guide' for fine china antiques (and the same reckoner works for all antiques).
There are seven consistent factors that effect price of antiques and collectibles.
They are AGE - CONDITION - QUALITY - DESIGN - FASHION - RARITY - NOTABILITY
There are also 'inconsistant factors', the main one being 'sentimental value', another being 'nostalgia'.
The seven consistent factors are what professional appraisers tend to look at when doing valuations. The inconsistant factors cannot be taken into account when valuing, but can scew the results.
First, a brief explanation of each factor, before looking at the price-reckoner itself.
Ask yourself if the wares are just copying older lines that sold well in the past (example; a knocked-out post-war florid Dresden vase from the GDR)? Or has there been a talented designer having a vision of freshness and innovation? (example; Bohemian Aesthetic Vases, Moorcroft, Shelley, The Rheads, Williams-Ellis etc).
If it comes somewhere in-between (ticks some boxes, but not others) it will be worth somewhere in-between. How high up the scale in value it is depends on how many boxes it ticks.
Are you seeing the formula? This is what I call the Antiques Roadshow formula.
Here are the 7 main factors (boxes to tick) again:-
- FASHION - RARITY - NOTABILITY
Here’s a quick guideline on how value equates to boxes ticked:-
This ready reckoner is only a guideline. You must get your item checked out by an expert if you are ticking more than a few boxes.
Zero boxes ticked = Likely worthless
One box ticked = Less than $20
Two boxes ticked = $20 – $100.
Three boxes ticked = $100 – $200.
Four boxes ticked = $200 – $300.
Five boxes ticked = $300 – $1000.
Six boxes ticked = $1000 – $2000.
Seven boxes ticked = $2000 – $5000
All 7 boxes ticked plus sentimental value = $5000 – $5,000,000
How many boxes is your prized possession ticking?
Notice the last but not least factor - sentimental value! If there are human emotions involved, throw out this reckoner. A collector who wants something badly enough can break all the pricing rules.
This reckoner is only a guideline. You must get your item checked by an expert if you are ticking more than a few boxes. Bookmark this web page and refer to it often.
If you need a professional second opinion, go to my expert liaison service.