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Or write to
Everything Stops for Tea,
25 Snitterton Road,
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Looking to sell your teaware?
If you are a private seller and have a tea service, part set or other tableware that you think we may be interested in, here is some information that will help you decide whether to proceed and contact us.
Please remember it is ALWAYS advisable to get more than one offer or valuation and your local Auction Rooms are always a good place to start.
Most importantly - Where are you?
Sadly, due to the high costs of collection or postage and packing, we do not buy from overseas sellers or anyone not within reasonable distance to our offices in Derbyshire. If you are unsure whether you are close enough please check with us first before going to any further trouble. If you are happy to continue then here are some points to check for when looking to sell your sets.
Firstly, look at the underside of the pieces and make a note of the makers name and any other information that may be given, such as a pattern name or any numbers (these may be hand written). There may not be any makers name or backstamps but check each piece, as the information is sometimes only put on one or two pieces. If there are no marks or numbers don't worry - older sets quite often had no marks or backstamps. Where there are no marks a brief description of the set will help -i.e. Loop handle, floral pattern, hand painted, art deco style - If you are unsure you could try looking through our pictures for the most similar set and making a note of its 'product code' number and that will give us some idea of what you are offering for sale.
Secondly, check each piece for any damage. Each piece should give a bell like 'ring' if it is sound. Place the piece on the flat of your hand, then tap each piece gently with a fingernail. If there is a dull sound then there is most likely to be damage of some sort. This can be in the form of a tiny chip to the rims, a hairline that isn't visible to the eye, a glued repair that is hard to detect or even glaze crazing (where the clear 'varnish' that protects the china has cracked, rather like tiny crazy paving, and become porous).
Where glaze crazing has occured the pieces are quite often stained due to tea/coffee seeping through onto the china - these pieces will possibly be a different colour to the sound ones. Next, check all handles and foot/pedestal areas of any cups or jugs for chips or repair- -handles are very vunerable to damage. If the set contains teapots or serving dishes with lids, etc please also check other vunerable areas such as spouts, handles, foot rims and finials (handles on sides or top of lids) for any sign of repair of damage.
Finally, have a good look at the gilt trim (usually gold) which may be only on the rims, feet and handle areas or could also form part of the pattern. This was applied OVER the protective glaze and is quite often worn to some degree. The pattern itself can also have some damage / wear if it has been hand painted over the glaze so do check for flaking, fading or scratching of the enamels.
Once you have checked each piece make a note of how many pieces are in good condition, for example: how many trios (cup, saucer & side plate) etc.
That should be everything checked and ready!
Once you have this information.
Please email us on email@example.com
and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
There is no need to go to the trouble of sending photos initially.