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I have a Wellington China tea set which belonged to my

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I have a Wellington China tea set which belonged to my grandmother marked J H C & Co
Longton England. It has what looks like poppies on it and greenery. I have six cups, saucers, tea plates, two serving plates, sugar and milk and what I think is a slop basin.
I am in my seventies so it is very old.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

The marks on your porcelain tea set are those of James Herbert Cope, producing at the Wellington Works, Longton, UK, 1887-1946.

See the following image of a slightly smaller and later set than yours by the same maker.

It shows an Art Deco - late 1920s- 1930s- set with the same marks as yours that sold at auction for $40.05. I saw another that sold for about $24. Then I saw where a cup, saucer and tea plate sold for $8.44. All these are auction sold prices.

Taking into consideration that your set is slightly older and larger, we can assume the estimated auction value of your set would be about $60-70.

Furthermore, the estimated retail value would be $130-160.

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

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.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com
Amazon Marketplace: http://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm/ref=footer_soa?ld=AZFSSOA

Your nearest Craigslist.com

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

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

You can set the retail price at what you see others are selling for in retail shops online or in the retail shops around you.

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Doris

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Here is the image I referenced.

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

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