Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Oct 28 1973, Page 51

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - October 28, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaCraze for series of Christmas plates in 1908. Although the first plate made by Royal Copenhagen brings around today their 1911 Small Royal Copen Hagen Christmas plate can bring As much As is if you can find one for Sale. In recent years other Quality makers of porcelain and Crystal have begun to manufacture an Nual or Christmas plates. The Rise in prices paid for these Plalos has been nevertheless it has happened. A Well known Tennis pro Friend of mine bought a Lalique an Nual plate for his wife for Back in 1965. Imagine her Surprise when she saw it offered for Sale recently at the renewed interest in plates and their current Rise in popularity began in 1969, when the Wedgwood company of England offered a Christmas plate at and the Bing and Grondahl company offered a Mother s Day plate at they were sold out in no time and to Day command prices of for the 1969 Bing and Gron Dahl Mother s Day and for the Wedgwood Christmas plate. You May Well ask How Realis tic these prices Are. Although the plates Are commanding High prices today will the upward trend continue just How Safe an investment Are plates any Way of course no one can predict the future. But let s look Back 30 years at the 1943 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate up from to and the 1943 Bing and Grondahl Christmas plate up to it seems Likely to me that the Bing and Grondahl or Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates you buy today will be Worth much More in the future. Collectors Are a funny Breed though we May be offered a percent profit on our Ira sure we Are very reluctant to part with it. I have yielded to the temptation to sell in the to have to pay a much higher Price later to re acquire the item 1 sold. What advice would i give a budding collector looking for his first limited edition collector plate first and Foremost buy what appeals to you buy what you think would look Nice collecting plates by Brantley he ipod Parton i Unicorn plate has Man than quadrupled in Price going from original to to present Price of about warning the surgeon general has determined that cigarette smiting is dangerous to your health hanging on your Wall or stand ing in your China Cabinet. Most of my collector friends buy Only what they like. If their plates increase in value that s just an extra plus. Secondly buy Only from a reputable dealer who gives you return privileges if you re no satisfied with your Purchase. A Good dealer will Only carry limited editions that he thinks have the necessary Quality he collector will desire. The manufacturer of he plate should he Well known and should have a Good reputation. You la find plates of Quality made by Goebl Hummel Schmid Hummel. Haviland Haviland Parlon Cristal d Abr cd Wedgwood. Gorham China. Hamilton mint and Franklin mint among others. Gordon Brantley an avid collector is a leading authority on Limi Ted edition figurines and collector plates. Try to find out the number of plates that were made in an edition. An Issue must not be too Large but enough plates must be produced to provide for a secondary Market. Haviland Parlon for example produced a uni com plate in a Quantity of pieces that sold out at 535 and now commands a Price of in the secondary Market. Their Christmas plate is even rarer since Only plates were made the edition is almost impossible to obtain Many col lectors like plates by famous artists or commemorating famous people. Franklin mini s Norman Rockwell Christmas plates have soared in value As have the Hamilton mint Picas so plates. You can still buy Gor Ham China s Rockwell offering of butter girl at less than Why the Boom in plate collecting first it satisfies the human desire to collect things of Beauty and you Don t have to be Rich to take part. You can pay As Little As for a Quality collector plate or As High As for a work of Art col Lector plate. Second plates Are excellent decorative accessories As Wall hangings and represent a Way to beautify a room in your House. Third plate collectors find their Hobby education Al they learn something about the plate maker As Well As the country from which the plate comes. Many plates have been Good investments and have been considered a hedge against inflation. Still there is no guarantee that they will continue to Dou ble and triple in value every year. So there must be better reasons for collecting. There Are. Many plate collectors now Are forming clubs and buying plates because they enjoy their aesthetic Beauty. And besides the Joy of ownership they have a new form of social activity and a Chance to meet the other plate nuts of of the world. Id family weekly. October 28, 1973

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