The dinnerware is one of the most widely recognized and collectible dish patterns ever made. It was produced by the Royal China Company of Sebring, Ohio, between 1949 and 1986. During its 37-year history, millions of pieces were made, and all of them were decorated with scenes by Currier and Ives .
What’s the mystery? In the set, only the bowls are marked with the Currier & Ives mark . The other pieces, although they match general theme of the bowls, do not have a mark . The marked dishes say they were made by Royal, in the USA.
Currier & Ives restrikes have a unique market niche between originals and reproductions. As they were printed from the original, hand-drawn lithographic stones, and as they are quite old and rare, they do have a market value . This is well below the price of the originals, but also well above that of reproductions.
Americana Currier & Ives . Microwave Oven Approved. Dishwasher Safe, USA. Plates are in good pre-owned condition.
Some Blue Willow china is worth money Despite its humble reputation as “ blue collar china ,” some Blue Willow is worth thousands. Collectors look for rare, English-made china (1780-1820).
I have two plates in my collection by Currier & Ives . One has no specific instructions about care and the other has instructions that say: Detergent Proof, Oven Proof and Dishwasher Safe. I also would not recommend cleaning them in the dishwasher , it may fade the glaze.
Original Currier & Ives prints are very valuable. Some have sold for $100,000 or more. Well executed reproductions of Currier & Ives images also bring high values with prices in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars each.
Fine China: The Most Expensive Porcelain In The World Qing Dynasty Porcelain: $84 Million. Blue and White Porcelain: $21.6 Million. Jihong Porcelain: $10 Million. Blood Red Porcelain: $9.5 Million. Joseon Porcelain: $1.2 Million.
color separation. Depending on the printer, colors can vary drastically from the original. A common way to tell if a print is a hand lithograph or an offset lithograph is to look at the print under magnification. Marks from a hand lithograph will show a random dot pattern created by the tooth of the surface drawn on.
An original lithograph is when the artist creates the work of art on a stone plate. The word ” lithograph ” means, “stone print”. Lithography works on the simple physical principal that oil and water do not mix. Most modern lithographs are signed and numbered to establish an edition.
Prints have a clean straight edge, often created by the plate used to create the work. Looking at the surface of a painting with a magnifying glass is one of the best ways to spot a print . Often a high quality cell phone can take photos which reveal a great deal, especially when using different “filters”.
Lead is rarely found in plain white dishes . Lead -containing glazes or decorations on the outside of dishes or non-food surfaces are generally safer to use. The only way to determine if certain crockery has lead is to test it. Home test kits can tell you if the dishes have leachable lead .
Noritake China Saucer: 933 ppm lead (+/- 86 ppm), ND (non-detect) for Hg (mercury), As (arsenic0 & Cd (cadmium)! Most vintage Noritake china I have tested has been positive for high levels of lead .
Please note that nearly ALL of the Willow pattern and nearly ALL of the Johnson Bros . china that I have ever tested have been very high lead . Please read more about the concern for lead in pottery here. To see more “ Johnson Bros .” pieces I have tested, click here.