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Rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 10014
Experience:  Antiques dealer for over 10 years specializing in porcelain, glass, art, furniture, coins, watches, sterling silver, pocket watches, and jewelry.
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My wife has a set of china that's been in the garage for 40

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My wife has a set of china that's been in the garage for 40 years. It was hand painted by her great grandmother as a high school project in 1912 at Steel Hs in Dayton ohio. On the back it says MZ , Altrohiau, CM-R, Czechoslovakia. No one in the family wants it. Any value.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Rarewares replied 9 months ago.

This is a set of hand painted porcelain made by Altrolau Porcelain Factories/Moritz Zdekauer

of Bohemia ( now Czech Republic). It was common for blank china to be hand painted as a hobby

by ladies and was then given as gifts. Sets like this do not have a high value unless they were painted

by known studio artists of the time because the quality of painting by amateur artist varied. Your set

has a value of $100 to $200 on average based on recent sales prices. From that you can decide

what to do with your collection.
Some sites that I recommend for selling are,,, Ebay and
You can also go to or and search their directory for an auction house near you and consign to them.

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Expert:  Rarewares replied 9 months ago.

I am following up to see if you have read your answer and need further help with this item.
Please do let me know.