When I meet collectors of antique china as either a new or potential customer, they are eager to tell me what china pattern they collect or want to collect. But within that conversation is a second question -- what pieces are you looking for?
Many flow blue collectors have been collecting for years but are still searching for the elusive piece: the last four punch cups, a lid for a sugar bowl, a creamer, an under tray or under plate for a serving piece. Because the dinner, supper, salad and bread plates were more plentiful to begin with and have survived the years and they have those pieces. But now, they're ready to expand their collection to a full service.
Other collectors like a pattern that might have been a limited edition--Spode did lots of these! This collector wants anything in the pattern.
Someone starting a new collection is eager to find any pieces.
So, what pattern(s) and what pieces do you collect?