You just inherited your grandmothers antique teacups, either you love them and use them, or you want to find out what they’re worth. Or Both! So you rush to clear space on a shelf to show them off to your friends and you wonder, “are these rare tea cups?!”
So you spend some time examining each cup, admiring the detail, with the hand painted letters and gold rimmed bottoms, but how do you get a sense of what they’re worth? Here’s how.
What did we EVER do before the internet! Your ticket to success here are two things Google and Ebay, and with a little digging just about every brushstroke and every bottom-stamped-teacup can be assessed and priced at the flick of your digital finger. So let’s get started!
How To Value Antique Teacups
1. Seems obvious but the first thing you need to do is brew some tea and get in the spirit!
2. Clear a table, put a towel down and separate your teacups from saucers to examine the stamp, lettering and number on the bottom. Absorb the image and get a clear picture of who made it, where it came from and write it down. And if there’s a person’s name like “Julia”, that’s the name of the pattern.
3. Take all that information you wrote down and Google it. Then Ebay it. See what comes up. If you’re lucky there’s a current listing for a teacup that’s similar to yours. If not Ebay also offers a ‘advanced search’ which allows you to search for auctions that have endend. Do that.
4. If you’ve searched and there are no images or references to this particular cup, your alternatives are to post something on the Ebay forum or try different search combinations of words – the time taken for this step is often overlooked
5. If you’ve made it to step #5 repeat step #4 one more time, and if you STILL haven’t found the cup you’re looking for, write us, we might have a few cards up our sleeve.
If your search fails don’t fret because at the end of your search if you still love the cup that’s all that matters. And if it was your grandmothers it is already valuable with family history. put it on a shelf proudly, it would make her happy!