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I have a plate that I got because nobody else wanted. It was my grandmothers. Can anyone inform me on value (or how to find the value) and how to go about selling it. Maybe it has no value. Per the internet I believe it was manufactured between 1884 and 1909. It is in perfect shape and the duct tape says Grandma B.
M&K = Moritz Zdekaver, circa 1884-1909. Austria.
Old, but not much value. Yours is a tray with handles which is rarer (and more valuable) than plates. ESTIMATED value is $35-50. USD.
You have a lovely, hand painted Cake plate Bryan! It may have been painted by your Grandma or Great Grandma, or it could have been painted in the factory. It's very hard to say on these pretty things.
The MZ Austria is a good mark, indicates a fine bone china, similar to Limoges. Tom has dates and probable value. These have gone way down in price over the last 7-10 years, sadly. But pretty things still sell if priced right!
So are you saying the factory did not paint the plates in all cases? How can you tell if it was factory painted. To me (an untrained eye) it looks like factory.
It's basically impossible to say for certain, unless a signature to the work is included. And frankly, even then it's pretty tough to know for sure. Records were not kept with any regularity, in most cases, and even if they were, the tremendous damage from bombing, throughout Europe, by the second world war may have destroyed anything that was there.
So, no, lol. It doesn't matter much to value anyways. These pieces are valued by the quality of the work and the back stamp it carries. A pretty cake plate like yours would fetch $30-$50 in our market here in MI. Some places you could get a bit more, but that's a good average in US.
prob part of a dessert set with small plates painted to match