Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RS Prussia Berry Set

RS Prussia is a name that evokes strong memories for those of us that have been in the business for a long time. It is the name of a type of porcelain that for years was among the leaders when it came to value and collectibility. In more recent times it seems to be a type of collectible that is beginning to show signs of fading.
This fine pair of berry bowls dates back to a time when high quality hand decorated items imported from Germany dominated the U.S. market place. These items were eagerly purchased by the discerning home owner to decorate their homes "in only the best" in the early 1900's. The modern heyday for collecting RS Prussia occurred in the 1970's to the early 2000's. During this time frame any item having the coveted marks would bring absolute premium prices whenever it showed up. In the year 2010 the results are slightly different.
Today we just don't see the excitement for these items that once dominated the market. Economy, changing tastes, availability and lack of quality pieces are among some of the reasons for the decline. But even with that, these particular pieces would still fetch a tidy sum if they were offered for sale. In today's market these hand decorated bowls would bring around $150.00 each. If they were presented in their original form of 6 bowls and a master berry bowl the total price would jump up to the low thousand dollar range.
I would not wait around in the hope that prices will increase on this type of item. History has shown time and time again that the buying cycles for collectibles like this are very slow and they may never actually acheive the prices that they commanded in the past. So CASH IT!

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