November 2010

Hello Everybody,

In a response to my recent Introduction, I was asked by Ian and Sue if I could post an article which would be of interest to non-collectors. A tough challenge indeed and I don’t know whether I will achieve my aim with this particular offering, but here goes….

One of the things which annoys eBay buyers is non-disclosure of damage. Surely honesty is the best policy. Anyway, here are 4 items which were auctioned in October and were described by the sellers as damaged or restored. They still managed to sell and in the case of one of the pieces fetched a really high price.

Firstly, a 9″ Scimitar 3651 bowl which was quite properly described by the seller as broken into 2 pieces and poorly restuck with 2 base rim chips.

Carlton Ware Scimitar bowl

Scimitar 3651 bowl

 This lovely pattern is of course rare and highly sought after and a bowl such as this would normally realise many hundreds of pounds. This one attracted 12 bids and sold for £109.05. Not bad, considering the level of damage.


Secondly, a 7″ hexagonal Temple Jar without lid in FOREST TREE 3250.

Carlton Ware FOREST TREE 3250 hexagonal covered vase - no cover.

FOREST TREE 3250 hexagonal covered vase - no cover.

This is described as having been possibly restored by the seller at the top rim and it certainly looks that way. This time there were 5 bids finishing at £62.00. This is a long way below the price a perfect jar would have fetched with its lid, but at 62 quid you wouldn’t skip it either, would you?


Next I saw a remarkable 7¾” vase in Explosions 3452. This piece had 3 separate hairlines and a small rim chip.

Carlton Ware Explosions 3452 vase

Carlton Ware Explosions 3452 vase

 These flaws didn’t stop 317 eBayers looking at it and 4 of us dooking it out to £189.00. Again this is a fraction of the price for a perfect pot, but still worth having.


Finally, and this month’s top damaged pot, a rare 8″ vase in Jigsaw 3431.

Carlton Ware Jigsaw 3431 vase

Carlton Ware Jigsaw 3431 vase

This one had a short hairline, which was disclosed in the listing, but the seller also revealed, when questioned, that it also exhibited crazing and was stained inside. Another 314 folks viewed this and 8 eBayers placed 21 bids to £695.60. If that is what a damaged Jigsaw pot is worth I hate to think how much it would have been worth perfect! Oh, to have half a dozen in my shed!

The point is, I guess, all the buyers would be happy with their purchases because 3 items were correctly described and the damage properly described. It is only a pity that in one case enquiries had to be made in order to disclose the full extent of the flaws, but at least they were disclosed in the end.


The other point is, if it falls off the shelf reach for the phone to call a restorer and not the dust pan and brush.

Don’t forget you can post a comment about this article or to suggest ideas for new articles.

Best wishes,

EBay masterspy

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7 Responses to November 2010

  1. Janette says:

    Wow. Thus just proves the theory of perfect only sells doesn’t necessarily apply. My favourite piece in my collection is a bowl which has hada chunk restuck in the side. It is a beautiful design that I haven’t seen anywhere before but I got it for a song and was the only bidder so maybe nobody agreed with me about the beautiful design.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hi Janette,
      As I said in my Introduction my own pockets are fairly shallow (compared with many collectors, anyway). I would “kill my granny” as they say for 3 of the pieces I featured in my article, but they are as far away as the moon for me in perfect condition. Scimitar is just about my favourite pattern, but I have no chance of succeeding in bidding for a perfect piece. Hey ho. One day I will spot a piece which, whilst damaged to some degree, doesn’t look too bad and I will go for it (along with half of Australia of course!!!!!!). This is where the necessity of an accurate description comes in to play. If damaged best ware pieces didn’t come up for sale to feed the middle of the market buyers like me would be much more limited in our horizons. This is the fascination of ebay. It is a bit like prospecting for gold, the next shovel might contain a massive nugget……. or absolutely zip.
      Kind regards,
      ebay masterspy

  2. Janette says:

    I bought a windswept cruet set recently which the buyer described as perfect. When it arrived the bottom of the pepper pot had been restored and the lid of the mustard was at one point in three pieces. I got a full refund so the seller didn’t achieve anything other than losing the cost of shipping and ebay fees so really lost out by not disclosing acurate description.

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hi again Janette,
      Just how angry did you feel when you opened your parcel and discovered the damage? I can imagine. Earlier this year I bought a piece from a well known Scottish resident seller on ebay who made no mention of any wear to the gilding on a piece. I emailed him to specifically ask about this and was told there was no wear to the gilding. So I bid on that basis and when the piece arrived it was slightly worn, not quite enough for a complaint, but enough to completely take the shine off winning the piece. I will never buy off that seller again, so he will lose out in the long run.
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

    • ebay masterspy says:

      Hello Gregory,
      Your name sounds French.
      I hope you are French!!!
      It would be excellent to know that my efforts are pleasing Carlton Ware fans across the world.
      Glad you like my report.
      Keep looking. I will be making another report in 1 to 2 weeks.
      In the meantime if you have any further comments feel free to send your views.
      Best wishes,
      ebay masterspy

  3. Martin Shand says:

    I posess a hexagonal 6 inch willow pattern (sweet bowl) can anyone give me some info please

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