In my “I know nothing about china” mode, I came across some Copeland Spode plates at Goodwill. Ah…Spode. There’s a name I recognize! These lovely little bread plates, in the Wicker Lane pattern, were not cheap, but not outrageous either.
Alas my Goodwill has the practice of using packing tape to group items together for sale and these nine plates were solidly taped up. Well, the top plate was in good shape so I was naively hopeful that they all were in good shape.
Well, you probably know where this is going. I got home, carefully untaped the plates and discovered that not all were in good order. Four were fine, one was chipped and the remaining four were noticeably yellowed. You can see the difference between these two.
My first thought was that I should just take them back for exchange. Yes, just take them back! My second thought was that there may be a way to brighten and clean the plates back to their original color.
Within seconds of googling I found several treatment options. One used a two-hour hydrogen peroxide (8%) soak followed by a 180F bake for 30-60 minutes. I didn’t have 8% peroxide so I decided to try with my weaker 3%…and by golly I still got results.
Here’s what happens during the bake…gunky, sticky stuff raises to the surface. The back looked particularly dramatic.
After the plate cools, you wash it off and voila! While this plate is still not perfect yet, the treatment can be repeated. And of course if I had used the 8% peroxide it would have been better.
After all this though, I think I will be exchanging them. There is a bit of light crazing on some of them and when I checked Worthpoint for SOLD bread plates in this pattern, they went cheaply. Hmmm…maybe not enough profit in these. 😦 Though it will be hard to bring them back to the store!
well, this is helpful info for china owners–frankly, with all the work you have done already,
why not try to sell them at a slightly higher price than you paid? Advertise as Valentine tea-time or something like that.!!
Hi Rosalie…I really went back and forth on these plates. In the end I realized it just wouldn’t be worth my time to list and later pack and ship.
I exchanged them this morning and, for a few dollars more, found a beautiful vintage Laurence Kazar beaded silk top and a Hinge leather jacket which is a brand sold in Nordstroms. Both of which have the potential for a lot more profit and easier packing 🙂
But I am happy I learned about the china cleaning trick. it was very cool to see it work!
So glad you posted this.I have a set with the same problem and read about this cleaning method but haven’t tried it yet. Now this is for sure on my list of things to try.
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