The Crown Ducal brand was created by A G Richardson & Co Ltd of England in 1915. The company produced a wide variety of tableware, including plates, serving dishes, cups and saucers. In 1974 the factory was bought by Wedgwood UK but the older patterns are still in demand.
Charlotte Rhead designs
The famous artist Charlotte Rhead worked for the company in 1930s and created many of its patterns. Some Rhead patterns on sale included the Crown Ducal "Crocus" pattern that started at an auction price of £113, a rare "Charger" pattern plate that cost £139 and a 35 cm (14 inch) "Fruit Bursley" plate that cost £422.
Other plate designs
Various dinner plates were designed and manufactured over the years after Rhead left the company. The average plate measures 24 cm (10 inches) across and comes in round, square and scalloped shapes. The "Bristol" pattern in pink sells for £35, the "Blue" pattern for £27 and the "Charm" for £26. The "Mulberry" pattern of the colonial design includes people, buildings, ships and floral images. One "Mulberry" plate can cost as much as £65. One of the most expensive plates is the "Blue Chintz" that costs £98.
Least expensive plates
According to online sales and auctions, the cheapest Crown Ducal pattern is the "Althea" that runs at around £7 per plate. The "Gainsborough Florentine" plate is £10 and the "Heraldry" coat of arms plate is priced at £9.50.
Where to buy
Visit free auction sites to buy Crown Ducal plates. Antique shops, collector markets and specialist china and porcelain retailers are all good places to find Crown Ducal plates to buy.