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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have a 12 piece place setting of Noritake China that my

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I have a 12 piece place setting of Noritake China that my grandfather purchased in Japan during WWII. There is on one flaw in the entire set. It is missing 1 cup. This set is as beautiful as it was the day my grandpa bought it. It includes 12 large plates,12 medium plates, 12 small plates, 12 saucers, 11 cups, 12 large bowls, 12 small bowls, sugar bowl, creamer, serving dish, covered serving dish, gravy dish, large platter and small plater. I'm trying to find out its value.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
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Please send me a photo of the marks on the bottom.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Here are some pictures. The pattern is Adelpha 4036.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

Thank you for the information and photos.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

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I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,


Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

My research indicates that your Noritake Adelpha set has a retail store value of $990-1100 assuming excellent condition.

As for where to sell.....If you want to sell quickly at wholesale prices, try one of these sites.
I do not know where you live so I will make suggestions for three countries.

In US:

In UK:


If you would like to sell close to retail , some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price. - more upscale fee based - more upscale fee based
Amazon Marketplace:

A method that could be very effective would be to place a classified in the "Maine Antique Digest" It has a large readership of collectors all across the country.

I highly recommend this method. They only charge $25 for 25 words in a classified ad. This publication is a monthly newspaper as well as on their internet website.

Be sure to specify local pick up only. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and moving company.

How to pack and send china:

China is best packed with 2 paper plates between the plates, platters and saucers. Then wrap a few plates together with several layers of bubble wrap. Tape the loose ends of the bubble wrap together.
For cups and bowls, wrap separately with a couple of layers of bubble wrap.

Put a several inch layer of crunched newspaper in the bottom of each packing box.

Arrange the heavier items on the newspaper first. Then add the cups and small bowls on top of the heavier pieces.

In a second box, crunched newspaper, stacked plates face up, not on edges followed by lighter items.

Before putting the newspaper in the bottoms, reinforce the bottom and sides of a strong corrugated box with cut corrugated sheets (cut from another box). Then start with the crunched newsprint.

After filling each box up to about 5 inches from the top, put several inches of crunched newsprint on the top of the stacked china.

Firmly tape the box closed with several layers of tape.

Write two things on all the sides of the boxes - "Fragile" and "Top" with arrows pointing to the top.

On the top, write "This side up."

For expensive items, the Postal service will allow one to purchase higher insurance.

If possible, ship two-day service. This eliminates long trips with boxes transferred from truck to truck.

A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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