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Please look on the back of your plate before sending in questions. There is usually a series name, name of plate, year, artist or manufacturer and other information that will assist me in answering your questions....

Just a couple of rules to follow: Please read inquiries before emailing me - receiving many of the same questions and Please do not send your request in capital letters as I just do a copy & paste edit. I do not want to write your questions over...

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Subject: Gone with the Winds series

I have the four plates that were issued in the Gone With The Wind series by Edwin M. Knowles China Company and issued by the Bradford Exchange in the 1980's. I would like to know the current prices. I also have the sculpture of "Scarlett's Pride".

I really need more information but...there was a series of 9 plates issued between 1978 and 1985 by R. Kursar for Knowles. They issued between $21.50 and $29.50 and currently are on the secondary market for $40 to $110 depending on the plate name. Also need to know more information on the figurine.

Subject: Gone with the Winds series

I recently inherited a few of the Gone With the Wind Knowles plates . i was just wondering if you could help me out and suggest the best way for me to sell these plates. i have ashley, marry me scarlett, melanie, rhett,and scarlett. all with orginal boxes and certificates. if you could help me out i would greatly appreciate it. i went to a whole bunch of collector sites and most of these plates are sold out,so they must be worth more than the 10 dollars they are going for on ebay, right?

As the above question indicates....There is an artist's name attached to collector plates, it is on the back of the plate and helps in looking up answers...If this is the same series by R. Kursar then the plates are: Scarlett issued in 1978 for $22 and has a current secondary market price of $100, Ashley 1979 $22 current $60, Melanie 1980 $22.00 current $35, Scarlett and Rhett: The Finale issued in 1985 for $30 and has a current market trend of $50.00. I have not noticed on ebay many people getting good prices for their collectibles...I think placing an ad on this site is more beneficial. But if you choose to use ebay, put a reserve price on your collection which means you will not sell the collection for less than your desired price. You still will have to pay ebay a listing fee even if your reserve price was not met though.

Subject: Knowles - If I Only Had A Brain

Wondered about the value of a Knowles Plate, Limited Edition , "If I Only Had a Brain" second in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer the Wizard of Oz Collection. Plate number 00426E, copyright 1977 M.G.M., Brodex #: 94-41-1.2 Thank you.

There was a plate issued in 1978 called If I Only Had A Brain by J. Auckland. Issue price was $19.00 - Current Market Trend is $85.00. I am not 100% sure we are talking about the same plate though, but this is the only one I can find in this time frame.

Subject: Great American Sporting Dogs DU - Golden Retriever

Recently a friend's son broke a Jim Killen plate called "Golden Retriever", Great American Sporting Dogs produced exclusively for Ducks Unlimited by CUI, Inc. It was limited to 45 firing days, and my plate number was: 3537. It had to be over 10 years old. Could you tell me the worth that this plate was...and also if there is any place where I may buy another one?

The plate was issued in 1993 for $40.00 and had a current market trend of $45.00 - you can check with the Bradford Exchange. Their web site is The Bradford Exchange.

We recently moved and the movers broke an Anniversary Peanuts Plate produced by Schmid. It was the "Happy Anniversary Plate" 1950-1980, 30th Anniversary. At the back of the plate in gold lettering was the number 737. The plate was in excellent condition. I need to get a value amount for the claim to the movers. Can you help out in any way.

This particular plate is not listed in the book. There are quite a few other Peanuts plates and the average price is $30.00 - some of the Peanuts Christmas plates are higher.

Subject: Imperial Plates

I have a set of Imperial Plates--The 12 Days of Christmas--from the 70's and would like to find out what they are worth. We are still looking for the original boxes.

Apparently these plates were issued in either crystal or carnival glass. They started in 1971 at $12 for the carnival glass and $15 for the crystal and ended in 1981 at $28 and $34. Some of the plates have had no secondary market activity and remain near the issue price. The Partridge, Turtledoves, Hens, Colly Birds, Golden Rings, Geese and Drummers are trading between $20 and $35 per plate. An estimate of the value for the set $250.

I recently came across 3 sets of plates made by Gorham. They are the Norman Rockwell 4 Seasons 10 1\2" plates-years 1971,1972 and 1973. Each set has all four plates and are in mint condition. If you could assist me in the value of each set I would greatly appreciate it.

1971 Four Seasons that I found are called "Boy and His Dog Four Seasons Plates" issued for $50 per plate. Plate 1 called "Adventurers between Adventures" is $125; "Boy Meets His Dog" $145; "Mysterious Malady" and Pride of Parenthood $125 each. I did not find any Four Seasons Plates for 1972 - The Four Seasons Plates for 1973 are called "Young Love Four Seasons Plates" issued for $60.00 each. The only plate with a secondary market price is "Downhill Daring $155.

I am looking for information on a collection of 4 Gnome plates done by Fairmont China Company in the late 1970s.

All of the Gnome plates that I could find are selling near their original retail price. The series "Gnome Four Seasons" 12 plates issued between 1980 and 1982 sold for $29.95. The two Gnome Holiday plates issued in 1980 and 1981. The first at $24.50 and the second at $29.95.

I recently acquired two plates at a yard sale and am curious as to their value. They are the 'ANNIE & SANDY'' plate number V13565-1st issue plate bradex#84-K41-51 and a ltd edition 2nd issue 'DADDY WARBUCKS'' #H8412 bradex#84-K41-5-2. Both are in excellent condition. Can anyone relay their value?

1983 - Annie & Sandy - Edwin Knowles Issued for $19 quote $40.00. 1983 Daddy Warbucks Edwin Knowles Issued for $19 quote $50.00

At the same yard sale I also acquired 12 (twelve) porcelane HENRI D'ARCEAU-LIMOGES plates They appear to be part or all of a series entitled "FAIT A LA MAIN''. THE premiere edition...also in excellent condition and numbered...can anyone help me with their value as well? Thank you in advance.

D'Arceau-Limoges has plates listed in the book, but they are by artist name and name of the plate.

Subject: Precious Moments Plates

Does anyone know of a place I can find the value of the Precious Moments plate collections from Hamilton? I'm looking for information on both the "7 Day" series, as well as the "Biblical Series". Thanks in advance.

The Precious Moments Bible Story Series by Sam Butcher for Hamilton are valued at $30 per plate. There are seven plates in the series. I cannot locate information on a "7 Day" series. Is this the correct name? (I guess this could be the place...)

I have a plate from the Edwin M. Knowles "Jewels of the Flowers" Collection. It is a numbered plate as follows: 11804A, 1991 by Tan Chun Chiu, entitled "Sapphire Wings", Bradex Number 84-K41-109.1 Please tell me if this plate has any value at all.

Sapphire Wings, the first plate in the collection has a current quote of $22 - $30. See Music Box by Tan Chun Chiu

Flower Fairy Collection of Plates - I have a set of limited edition plate series inspired by the paintings and poems of Cicely Mary Barker. The Heinrich Porcelain facility of Villerory & Boch crafted and fired each of the 6 plates. I cannot find any info about these plates. I would like to know the approximate value of these plates complete with original boxes and certificates of authenticity.

The Flower Fairy Collection consist of 1979 - The Lavender Fairy - quote $50.00, The others The Sweet Pea Fairy, The Candy Tuft Fairy, The Heliotrope Fairy, The Blackthorn Fairy and The Apple Blossom Fairy are near their retail price of $35.00 - Near Retail means that the plate trades up or down within $5.00 of its issue price. Visit Our Flower Fairy Store

I have 1971 Schmidt plates with three different backstamps. It had something to do with the lawsuit between Goebel and Schmidt. Are they of any more value because of these different backstamps?

I am assuming the three plates are the same. There is no mention of different backstamps in the guide so I do not think that the value of the plates are different. If you are speaking of the 1971 Hummel annual plate, "Heavenly Angel", the secondary market quote is $488 - $1000. It issued for $25.00.

Regarding the lawsuit between Goebel and Schmid, that was a more current event like 1996 and would have nothing to do with backstamps in 1971 unless there was a lawsuit also in 1971 that I do not know about....

Update: Jan ....Thanks for your answer. I have both plates (Schmid and Goebel) The Schmid plate sold for $15 and is a silk screen process. The Goebel sold for $25 and is a bas relief plate. There was a lawsuit over the 1971 Heavenly Angel Plates. They both have the Heavenly Angel motif. Some of the Schmid plates were supposed to be destroyed because they had "Original" on the back stamp. The Goebel is the one that is worth the money. I just returned from the Chicago Collector's Convention. Lots of people and lots to look at. I will let you know if I want to sell my plates. I have several of the Goebel 72 to 79 plates and only one of the 1971. Thanks again for your answer. Decatur, IL

I am seeking information on Hummel plates from the Danbury Mint. I currently have 9 plates from a series called 'little companions. They all have the number MK1443 written in gold on the back. Could you tell me the total number of plates in the collection, and their approx. value, if any??..

There are 12 plates in this series. Secondary Market trend $51.00 per plate.



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