Bone China simply refers to a white porcelain that contains bone ash. The bone ash in this particular porcelain allows thin but strong plates and saucers to be created. ‘Royal Albert’, a sister company to ‘Royal Doulton’, is one of the most well known Bone China companies in the world. Their ‘Old Country Roses’ and ‘New Country Roses’ collections are two well known dinnerware sets that sit within many collector’s cupboards. Although Royal Albert is more commonly known for beautiful bone China dinner sets, Royal Doulton has an extensive list of their own.
Bone China has been made in Britain since the early 1800’s and the Royal Doulton company began creating their own pieces soon after in 1815. The Royal Doulton company use a soft-paste porcelain that contains more than 35% tricalcium orthophosphate. Their china pieces are comprised of a strong porcelain making them hard, durable and water repellent. The china produced by the Royal Doulton company is amongst the strongest know in the porcelain industry.
Fine China Dinner Sets by Royal Doulton
“Gold Lace” Fine China Collection
A dinner set produced by Royal Doulton between 1966 until 1992, featured a golden trim and a gold patterned rim. Individual gold lace dinnerware pieces were available to purchase including serving bowls, creamers, sugar bowls, dessert bowls, tea cups, saucers, cream soup bowls, bread and butter plates, salad plates, and oval platters. Many people today will sell their Gold Lace Fine China pieces in sets.
It is hard to come up with an approximate value of each individual piece of this set. A set containing:
- 12 dinner plates
- 12 salad plates
- 12 cups & saucers
- 12 bread & butter plates
was listed for $1, 300. A setting for 8 was listed for $1, 000. Depending on how large and complete your set is, will determine the price you should ask.
In terms of each piece, one standard dinner plate can be worth between $50 – $80.
“Winthrop” Fine China Collection
The Winthrop fine china collection by Royal Doulton was sold between 1963 until 1975. This collection featured red edges with gold leaves. During the period when this set was sold, one was able to purchase a full dinner set from dinner plates to gravy boats.
In terms of dinner plate value, each plate is worth upwards of $45.00.
“Alton” Fine China Collection
A design produced from 1979 until 1998 by the Royal Doulton company. This collection features a gold trim, a singular bunch of flowers in the middle of the plates and is colored with yellow, blue, pink, purple and green flowers. Created with fine bone china, this Royal Doulton collection was created in England.
A dinner plate from the Alton collection is valued at approximately $30.00.
“Apple Blossom” Fine China Collection
This collection features a gold trim, pink blossoms and green leaves. Produced from 1947 up until 1961, this set was collected by many antique enthusiasts.
Each piece in this collection has a different value although a cake plate can be worth between $70.00 – $100.00 in comparison to the milk jug which is valued at $25.00.
“April” Fine Bone China Collection
A bright and vibrant collection that features yellow and lavender colored flowers with a green trim. This Royal Doulton collection was first sold in 1938 and was discontinued in 1959.
Below are some current values for different pieces within this set:
Oval Serving Platter: $170.00
Round Vegetable Bowl: $170.00
“Centennial Rose” Bone China Collection
The Centennial Rose is a recent collection that was available between 1997 until 2008. Set on white bone China, this set features colorful flowers , a gold trim and blue borders. The highlights of this piece include the 22 carat gold trimming and the dainty pink colored roses. Each piece within this set is slightly different from another although all pieces feature similar patterns and the same color scheme.
A five piece Centennial Rose set is valued at approximately $170.00. In saying this, sometimes the pieces are more valuable when sold separately. A Centennial Rose dinner plate is worth $50.00. Other values within this dinner set can be found below.
Salad Plate: $40.00
Rim Soup Bowl: $70.00
Sugar Bowl (with Lid): $45.00
Coffee Pot (with Lid): $100.00
“Elegy” Bone China Collection
The Elegy set was produced between 1977 until 1983. This collection features dainty pink, yellow and blue pastel flowers, wispy steamed green leaves and a gold trim. Based on a white bone china background, the Elegy is a softer design in comparison to other Royal Doulton collections.
This set is not valued as high as other Bone China sets by Royal Doulton. An Elegy salad plate is valued at $15.00 and a vegetable bowl is worth $70.00. A standard dinner plate can be found for $20.00 to $30.o0.
“Chatelaine” Bone China Collection
The Chatelaine collection produced between 1964 until 1969 features a basic and soft design that is appropriate for formal and informal settings. This set is comprised of hand painted blue/green scrolls, soft pink flowers and blue/green foliage. This collection only has details towards the outside of the plates, saucers etc.
A simple dinner plate from this collection is worth approximately $40.00. In addition, a bread and butter plate can sell for $15.00, a cup and saucer set for $30.00 and a teapot (with lid) for $300.00. Within most of the Royal Doulton collections, the teapot is generally worth the most value in today’s society.
“Canterbury” Bone China Collection
A bone china collection produced from 1962 until 1975 that features detailed leaves of a grape vine with a gold rim. The pieces within this collection feature a decorative edging (gadroon).
This collection is extensive and involves many individual items. A simple bread and butter plate from this collection is only worth $10.00 while a tea or coffee pot (with lid) can be worth over $250.00. See below for more of this collection’s values.
Cup and Saucer: $30.00
Salad Plate: $25.00
Sugar Bowl (with Lid): $100.00
Rim Soup Bowl: $50.00
“Old Leeds Spray” Bone China Collection
One of the earlier dinner sets by Royal Doulton is the Old Leeds Spray collection. This collection was produced from 1912 until 1956 and features a green trim and multicolored flowers. The majority of the flowers are in bunches tied with multicolored ribbon.
A dinner plate from this collection is valued at $30.00 while a forty-five piece set can sell for up to $800.00. There are many unique items from this set including the egg cup and the sauce ladle that are hard to come by. Other values from this collection can be found below.
Cup and Saucer: $25.00
Bread and Butter Plates: $15.00
Oval Serving Plate: $35.00
Single Egg Cup: $35.00
“Tonkin” Bone China Collection
Tonkin is a Royal Doulton collection that was available between 1975 until 1992. This fine bone china collection features an Indian tree design. Yellow and greens make up these china pieces with the green band in the centre of the plate being the feature. One vibrant orange/red flower is visible in most of the pieces within this collection.
A simple dinner plate from this collection is worth approximately $40.00. There are many pieces within this collection although the value of a handful can be found below.
Gravy Boat with Saucer: $150.00
Coffee Pot (with Lid): $170.00
3 Tier Serving Tray: $$90.00
Round Vegetable Pot (with Lid): $200.00
“Arcadia” Bone China Collection
The Arcadia collection by Royal Doulton was produced between 1938 until 1959. This collection features fluted edges, colorful flowers and pink stand-out roses. This collection has the older green Royal Doulton stamp on the back.
A dinner plate from the Arcadia collection generally sells for $45.00 while a five piece set is valued at approximately $280.00. Below are some more values of items found within this collection.
Bread and Butter Plate: $20.00
Round Vegetable Bowl: $100.00
Coffee Pot with Lid: $220.00
Teapot with Lid: $300.00