Determining antique china value is a bit of a slippery slope. When you go antique hunting for china, you need to be armed with knowledge and a definite purpose.

The value of china is determined by its design and age. An object with rare patterns will typically be worth more than one with common patterns. However a china item with a common pattern can be extremely popular, which can cause it to also be worth a high price.

Here are some helpful ways to find the value of china that you stumble upon while antiquing:

Start by doing research on the china that you want to know more about. There are many different types of antique china and it is imperative that you decide which dynasties and patterns you should go hunting for. As you hunt for antique china, you need to scrutinize each piece to determine if it is genuinely worth purchasing. Items to keep a discerning eye (and a magnifying glass) open to include blemishes, scratches, discolorations, repairs, or chips. The presence of any of those flaws will truly affect the value of the piece.

Looking beyond the piece's condition, you need to be able to figure out the age of a china piece. This can sometimes be accomplished by looking at a marking or emblem which is usually located on the bottom of the item.

When shopping for valuable china, you must know that there are many reproductions of common patterns. It's sometimes very difficult, even for the most experienced of us, tell an authentic piece of antique china from a reproduction. The best thing to do when you are unsure is to seek out an expert who is well-equipped to validate an item's authenticity.

In some instances, you might come across the year of production marked on the object. This marking is essential in determining value. As you date the china item, you will sense which parts of the china are appealing to you. If you've located a genuine production marking, there is a very strong chance that you have indeed hunted down an authentic item.

If you are patient and set-out antiquing for china ONLY AFTER thoroughly researching types of antique china and antique china value, you just might have what it takes to become an expert antique hunter. Devote time to learning about the different knowledge and practices that will lead you to finding high value antique china at favorable prices.

Sasha Sikon is an antiquing expert. For more great tips on assessing antique china value, visit http://www.antiquingcourse.com/