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Q: My child’s tea set includes a ceramic teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and four cups and saucers. The dishes are green luster and decorated with pink and white flowers. I have the original box, too. The top of the box says it’s a “Little Hostess Set.” Also printed on the box is the phrase, “Nagoya Toy Tea Set, No. 600/424/2, Made in Japan.” I think the set has been in our family since the late 1920s. Please tell me what it’s worth.

A: Your set may date from the 1920s or possibly the ’30s. If the pattern were more interesting—of Disney or other cartoon characters, for example—the set would be more valuable. Still, your set, with its original box, could sell for $75 or more if the dishes are in excellent condition. The word “Nagoya” on the box may refer to the company that made the set or to the Japanese city where the set was made.

 


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