The Enoch Wedgwood Company of Staffordshire, England, made the Liberty Blue china pattern in 1976 for the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. The china was designed to reproduce the lines, colors and designs of 19th-century china and features historical scenes related to America’s independence. The china was only made in 1976 and was almost immediately discontinued. There are a few ways to identify the value of Liberty Blue china.
Assess the condition of the item. As with all antiques and collectibles, the condition of the item is of primary importance in determining the value. Pieces with no chips, cracks, stains or other damage will be worth much more than an item that shows wear or damage.
Turn the piece over to view the marker’s mark. Items with a back stamp to verify authenticity will be more valuable than items that do not have a mark and might be a reproduction. Liberty Blue china back stamps often included information about the historical scene depicted on the item. For an example, see Resources.
Visit your local library or bookstore to read reference books with detailed Liberty Blue china information, photographs and specific item values. An example of such a book is “Liberty Blue Dinnerware (Schiffer Book for Collectors)” by Debbie Coe and Randy Coe.
Look at online auction websites such as Bonanzle or eBay to view the current market value of Liberty Blue china pieces. For example, do a search on eBay for “Liberty Blue China” on the main page and then look at the current listings to see how much sellers have priced their items. Scroll down the toolbar on the left side of the page and click “Completed Listings” under the “Show Only” category in the “Preferences” column. This will display items that have already expired and will show how much recent Liberty Blue items have actually sold for and how many items did not sell, providing an estimate of both market demand and value.
Visit online retail websites that sell Liberty Blue china pieces and view their current prices. Examples of websites include Robbins Nest, Replacements and Tias (see Resources).
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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.