Human beings have been fond of collecting things for a long time. You have people that collect stamps, rocks, butterfly wings, coins and even antique vehicles! Among the many collectible items out there, plates are actually one of them.
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already aware of the value a collectible plate may hold. You might have already started collecting plates hence you would know that the experience can be quite rewarding.
Stepping it Up
For those of you wanting to step up your collector status, you might be wondering how you can decipher a collectible plate from say something more ordinary. You might also wonder how plates are graded which is what were going to address.
Grading Collectible Plates
When grading collectible plates, a number of factors are taken into consideration. These include those listed below.
As with many collectible items, the date of manufacture is also taken in to account with plates. The way it works is the older the plate, the more value it will potentially hold in a collection.
Of course there would be a drop in value if you had a very old plate that was say; chipped or damaged. The condition the plate is in plays a role in the value it holds. To take things further, plate conditions are categorized as follows:
Mint: A plate in mint condition should be undamaged. That means no chips, cracks or scratches. Further, it should also have the original boxing that it was purchased in present.
Excellent: A collector’s plate in excellent condition is pretty near mint. The only difference is that the boxing might be a little damaged.
Good: If a plate is in good condition, this firstly means the box is out of the picture. A collectible plate in good condition might show minor signs of use and wear as well as a little possible discoloration. This being said, there will be no chips or larger damages visible. These are the kind of plates you might want to decorate on plate stands and hangers.
Fair: Plates in fair condition though old and collectible might not hold much value. This can be due to anything from chips and cracks to scratches and blatant discoloration.
Collectors also take into account whom the plate was manufactured by. There are some old plate making companies whose wears are still acclaimed and appreciated today. Plates from such manufacturers, especially those no more in production, hold greater value.
Another contributing factor can be the artist that worked on the plate. This could be by way of design or simple pattern painting once the base china has been made. In any case, a plate worked on by a famous artist will hold more value.
Last but not least is how rare a plate is. Again the same principle of valuing is applied to coins and stamps. Rarer pieces hold a lot more value than those which are commonly available.
There you have it! The things any expert will look into when valuing a collectible plate. If you have a collection of plates in good condition however, why not decorate them? Own that hobby and show those who visit how pretty those plates really are!