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A Fine Romanz

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Q: This is a photo of one of the dishes that is part of a set of china that I have. In 1967 when my spouse and I took a trip to Europe, we were in Munich,

Germany, and purchased a beautiful set of Rosenthal china and matching crystal stemware all in the "Romanz" pattern for a very reasonable price. The dinnerware and the crystal are each a service for eight and include serving pieces. I used them only for special occasions. Around 1970 one of the wine glasses was broken and I was able to locate a replacement in New Orleans, and instead of the wonderful price I originally paid, it cost $57. The dinnerware is white with gold trim and an embossed oval and dot pattern. The stemware also has a raised similar pattern.

They are now too expensive to use every day, and I really have no one that would use them. I would like to sell my entire beautiful set and hope you can tell me what their value is and where I might sell something so special.

A: Rosenthal China Company is located in Selb, Bavaria, Germany, and has been in business since 1879. "Romanz" — also known as "Romance" — pattern was created by Rosenthal designer, Bjorn Winblad. He designed mid-20th-century modern designs that appeal to the United States market.

It can be difficult to sell beautiful porcelain and stemware like yours. In today's more casual lifestyle, people just don't want to take the time to care for fine china and crystal.

You might try selling on the Internet or at a good auction house.

The value of your dinnerware on the secondary market is very modest. The dinnerware would probably be in range of $500 to $800 and the stemware set from $250 to $300.

Q: I inherited a set of dishes from my mother and have enclosed a picture of the mark that is on the back of each piece. The set includes 7 dinner plates, 7 salad plates, 6 dessert dishes and 11 cups and saucers. The dishes are decorated with rose buds and green leaves in the center and on the border. The plates have scalloped edges and are trimmed with gold. There are no chips or cracks on any of the dishes. I would classify their condition as excellent.

Can you tell me what value these dishes have today?

A: Haviland and Company is located in Limoges, France. They have made porcelain since 1864. The value of your set of dishes would probably be $250 to $300.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com

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