The once popular and greatly used Wedgwood China, today is just a business for collectors. It certainly did have its day and time. There are patterns that were used 250 years ago to create dishware that simply no longer exist, but there are pieces of the dishware which still do. Such good care went into their manufacture of Wedgwood China and people used them with such care that many of the original pieces made in the very early days of the company are still in existence.
When people passed away, their Wedgwood China collections were passed down to their heirs. It became a tradition. During the course of history, many of those pieces broke or went missing. Thus, the value of a complete set dating back a long time is almost impossible to imagine. There are organizations around the world who try to match collections of Wedgwood to make complete sets.
The Wedgwood company guaranteed to keep an inventory of all of its patterns on hand, to replace broken or lost pieces for customers who request them. However in time many of the countless designs have become discontinued Wedgwood China. Once Wedgwood has officially discontinued a particular pattern, the prices for any and all existing pieces skyrockets.
There are businesses all over the world that specialize in handling only discontinued Wedgwood China pieces for those serious collectors that are missing one plate or teacup to make it complete, because as you can probably imagine, a full set of a discontinued Wedgwood China pattern can be quite valuable. Just to get a rough idea of what great Grandma’s China may be worth on today’s market, check out auction prices.
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