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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 several pieces of Lenox/Fountain pattern from the

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I have several pieces of Lenox/Fountain pattern from the 1920's, 12 sauces, 12 desert plates, 12 dinner plates 1 gravy boot with plate attached, 2 coffee cups. I am interested in selling them. Each plate is numbered, ie: #14, #15, etc with a #1 on on the bottom. I am looking for a good site to sell them on, can you help?
Judy
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome!, Judy. My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

I can recommend some sites but I will value your set first.

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

I should return within 40 minutes.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Do you want to buy them? I also have a 10/5 piece place setting and serving pieces of the desert rose Franciscan ware from 1949.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

No. I rarely buy to sell items now.

My research indicates that your pattern - Fountain by Lenox was produced 1926-1948.

Furthermore, these are the retail asking values per piece in USA dollars:

Saucer? - 14

Dessert plate - 34

Dinner - 90

Gravy boat w/underplate - 200

Coffee cup - 26

Sauce? bowl - 34

You mentioned "sauces" so I included both saucers and sauce bowls for you to see.

No matter where you live around the world, these sites are the most prominent ones for you to use for selling:

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:
ChinaLane.com
ChinaFinders.com
ChinaReplacements.com

In UK:
ChinaSearch.co.uk
MatchingChina.co.uk
ChinaMatchers.co.uk
ReplaceYourPlates.co.uk
ReplaceYourChina.com

Australia: http://www.allthegalleries.com/dealers/porcelain.html

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated 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.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

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.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

I hope I have helped you.

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Kind regards.

Doris

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Please do not forget my need for a positive rating.

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,
Doris