Where to sell Royal memorabilia tea cups and plates? Some look to be quite valuable

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Posted 25th Sep
I've been passed a large amount of Royal memorabilia tea cups (approx 70), and a small amount of plates (10).
Some are basic photo print cups from various periods, ie 40th anniversary of the Queen, but some are older China cups commemorating such things as Edward VIII etc. There's also limited runs, ie 1 of 250 or 1 of 2000, and a small amount in their original boxes.

I'm not sure where to get the best advice on selling these, for the best price.
Dealers would probably buy as a job lot and for a pittance.

I could do ebay or similar selling places, but not sure this would get the best prices with low start auctions, and not knowing what they're worth, I wouldn't know what buyitnow price to use. I also expect I'd have to list 1 at a time, or in very small groups of 2 or 3.

There must be Royal memorabilia collector groups here and there, anyone got any ideas?
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Antiques fair or vintage market, obviously taking into account the cost of stall fee. You could try selling them on Ebay or Etsy but you'd have to do a little research first to find out the approximate value of the pieces in your collection.
Haircut_10025/09/2019 21:07

Antiques fair or vintage market, obviously taking into account the cost of …Antiques fair or vintage market, obviously taking into account the cost of stall fee. You could try selling them on Ebay or Etsy but you'd have to do a little research first to find out the approximate value of the pieces in your collection.



Yes thats the issue, without knowing worth of any of it, I can't do a stall or sale advert.
I'm happy to research prices, but don't know where to start, I'm sure I'll be able to find some ebay sold listings for the same type of item, but there's going to be many I can't find.
Not sure where else to start looking.
Edited by: "darkovo" 25th Sep
IamMT25/09/2019 21:38

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2010/nov/20/royal-wedding-souvenirs


I've seen a few articles like this, it is a shame most memorabilia was massed produced and there's not much call for it. I'm still hoping some of these I have are worth a bit more than a few pounds though.
Take them down to your local auction house , they'll give you an idea if its worth selling at auction . They also have specialist sales and will advise you if anything is valuable enough to be put in a specialist sale .
Why cant you sort the ones you think might be worth something and check ebay sold listings 70-80 items isn't going to take all that long to check.
deleted90213925/09/2019 22:10

Take them down to your local auction house , they'll give you an idea if …Take them down to your local auction house , they'll give you an idea if its worth selling at auction . They also have specialist sales and will advise you if anything is valuable enough to be put in a specialist sale .


I have no experience of proper auction houses, I suspect they take a larger cut than ebay would but have less buyers? I could ring them and ask a few questions though. Thanks
larrylightweight25/09/2019 22:42

Why cant you sort the ones you think might be worth something and check …Why cant you sort the ones you think might be worth something and check ebay sold listings 70-80 items isn't going to take all that long to check.


Yes, its a boring trawl but guess it'll have to be done at some point.
I can see it taking ages though, 70 cups that look similar to thousands of other ones!
Edit: Well maybe 40 cups then
Edited by: "darkovo" 25th Sep
darkovo25/09/2019 22:52

I have no experience of proper auction houses, I suspect they take a …I have no experience of proper auction houses, I suspect they take a larger cut than ebay would but have less buyers? I could ring them and ask a few questions though. Thanks



Most have general sales once or twice every week and specialist sales once or twice a month for the good stuff . They have experts on the staff who have a good idea what stuff will fetch and also if any piece is valuable .

As you are not selling to them its in their interests to advice you honestly as they will want to get the best price too (as they will get more commission the higher the price ) . Not sure what the commission rates are these days but you'll be comfortable in the knowledge that you have obtained a fair price at an auction - and no faffing about with packing (china ) , postage and insurance .

Another possible tack is to take them to an antiques shop for valuation "for insurance purposes" probably cost about £20 -£30 but might be worth it - the auctioneers will probably do that too , most are advertised as "Auctioneers and Valuers " . I presume you are aware that any tiny chip or hairline crack can drastically reduce the value of an item -so take care of them .


If they do find one or more items are valuable (say over £200 ) , they will put it in one of their specialist sales and the catalogue ,listing individual items , will be on their internet site .Of course far less risk of scamming than on eBay or similar .
Edited by: "rogparki" 25th Sep
I remember them saying on the antiques road show once that this stuff is virtually worthless. I found this article
telegraph.co.uk/new…tml
I think you have to have something really rare like a slice of wedding cake or an item with real provenance for it to be worth big bucks.
Even Edward viii stuff is quite cheap because it was mass produced
psychobitchfromhell25/09/2019 23:20

I remember them saying on the antiques road show once that this stuff is …I remember them saying on the antiques road show once that this stuff is virtually worthless. I found this articlehttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-baby/11558693/Is-your-royal-memorabilia-worth-anything.htmlI think you have to have something really rare like a slice of wedding cake or an item with real provenance for it to be worth big bucks. Even Edward viii stuff is quite cheap because it was mass produced


.. but the guy said he had one of only two thousand?
I'd be very surprised if any of it is worth more than s few quid. Why would a mass produced item be worth much just because it's got someone's face on it? Antiques are valuable because they are rare.
Thanks for the replies, yes its looking more likely most won't be worth much at all, I'll part out the limited editions and better quality stuff, and try ebay selling for these single items. I'll also call the local auction house to see what they think.
Then will get rid of the not so good stuff, probably to a dealer as a full lot.
deleted90213925/09/2019 23:09

Most have general sales once or twice every week and specialist sales once …Most have general sales once or twice every week and specialist sales once or twice a month for the good stuff . They have experts on the staff who have a good idea what stuff will fetch and also if any piece is valuable .As you are not selling to them its in their interests to advice you honestly as they will want to get the best price too (as they will get more commission the higher the price ) . Not sure what the commission rates are these days but you'll be comfortable in the knowledge that you have obtained a fair price at an auction - and no faffing about with packing (china ) , postage and insurance .Another possible tack is to take them to an antiques shop for valuation "for insurance purposes" probably cost about £20 -£30 but might be worth it - the auctioneers will probably do that too , most are advertised as "Auctioneers and Valuers " . I presume you are aware that any tiny chip or hairline crack can drastically reduce the value of an item -so take care of them .If they do find one or more items are valuable (say over £200 ) , they will put it in one of their specialist sales and the catalogue ,listing individual items , will be on their internet site .Of course far less risk of scamming than on eBay or similar .


Thanks, I'll give the local auction house a call to see what they think, and what the process is there.
Will also take your other comments into consideration.
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