Please do add pictures of your set, pattern and any marks by using the ADD FILES button in the lower right of your screen. Do keep in mind that while I will be able to tell you when your set was made, the pattern might be impossible because many patterns were simply not named, especially European porcelain. I am certainly happy to look and get you as much information as possible about your set.
There is an ADD FILES button in the lower right of your screen.
If that does not work for you, you can email pictures to***@******.*** and put 'for rarewares in antiques' so that they will forward them to me. This way takes a little longer, so thank you in advance for a little patience.
Got two, thanks. Let me know how many pieces you have in this set (12 plates, 12 bowls, etc).
This is a set of porcelain made by Bohemia Ceramic Works of Neurolhau, Bohemia (now Nova Role, Czech Republic) , this mark being used between the years of 1922 to 1945. The patterns that they made on white porcelain with gold encrusted borders (antique lingo that you can use in future searches for that missing plate) were not named patterns unless they had colored borders. Sets in similar patterns have values of $1500 to $200 for a 86 to 100 piece set from this maker and time period. Finding that last plate will be quite a task since you don't have a name to go on, but now you know that you can search for Bohemia Ceramic Works gold encrusted dinner plate for a term to use on Ebay and china sites every now and then to try and find that piece to complete your set.
They made 20 to 30 gold encrusted patterns during that time. They only named about 10% of their patterns and this one does not have a name, it does not mean that you have the only set. It means that it was one pattern of many un named and there is no database or reference for your pattern either online or in books. Gold encrusted china is created using gold enamel paint in which the touting of 24kt gold paint was a marketing ploy (mostly by American china companies) and there is no actual gold in the paint that could add value beyond the antique value of the set.
It really is just gold enamel paint. The loop hole that the American companies used to be able to use the words 24k gold in their marketing is that they must put the smallest amount of gold FLAKE (basically dust!) into the enamel paint to be able to tout gold. This is not of any added value because one cannot extract it or melt it and even if you could, it would take 1,000 plates to get $20 worth of gold. I hope that makes more sense to you. It is and it isn't, basically.
About your set, this design is classic and people often buy mismatched encrusted gold to make up a set because the borders are not that obvious unless you look closely. You can certainly sell your set , I'd sell same shapes as sets separately, i.e. 10 plates as one sale, 17 cups as another, etc.
Use the same words that I did. "It is gold enamel paint with the smallest amount required by law of gold FLAKE (basically dust!) so that they can call it 24k gold. One cannot extract it or melt it and even if you could, it would take 1,000 plates to get $20 worth of gold."
I do hope that all helped.
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