Tableware Blog — General

Can't Find What You Are Looking For?

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If we don't have what you are looking for in stock there are two ways we can help. Back In Stock Notifications If you have found the piece you are seeking on our website, but we are showing that we are currently 'Out Of Stock!' simply add your email to the form below the item and click the blue "Notify Me" button.  As soon as the piece you are seeking is back in stock our system will automatically send you an email to let you know.  Subscribe to our 'Wanted List' If you can't find the piece you are seeking...

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What Is A China Matching Service?

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What Is A China Matching Service?

So often when people ask what I do, and I tell them, "I run a china matching service", I'm met with blank stares. The reality is unless you have used one, you are unlikely to be familiar with the concept. Even if you need to use one, you won't seek one out, as you don't know they exist. As a business, that's one of our biggest challenges, letting people know we exist. So... what is a 'china matching service'? In short, we replace the missing pieces of customers tableware services, be they dinner, tea, coffee or serving ware, when their...

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Where To Find Replacement China

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Where To Find Replacement China

When it comes to buying replacement china for your discontinued dinner, tea or coffee service, there are a number of options open to you. We have listed these below ranked, based on the most likely to be successful. China Replacement/China Matching Services China Replacement Services, such as MrPottery, are an obvious choice. Certainly, they are likely to offer the speediest solution as many carry large stocks of discontinued china, and in our case, have a vast network of buyers scouring the second hand market for pieces our customers are seeking that we do not have in stock. You can also...

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Size Matters!

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Size Matters!

How to measure the size of tableware pieces, is the subject of conversation that comes up surprisingly often here at MrPottery HQ. After all, you want to make sure you are buying the right size piece to complete your set. It can be particularly tricky with older designs, which were made when production runs were much longer, and resulted in potteries changing the shape from time to time. How you measure it is really up to you. As for the potteries, well they each seem to have their own versions, along with their own names for pieces. So, how do we...

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What Constitutes A Set Of Tableware

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What Constitutes A Set Of Tableware

To answer this question we first need to understand what "tableware" is. The term "tableware", according to Wikipedia refers to "the dishes or dishware used for setting a table, serving food and dining. It includes cutlery, glassware, serving dishes and other useful items for practical as well as decorative purposes." What makes up a full set of tableware, traditionally speaking, will vary depending on the country you are in, your position within society and therefore it's intended function and your associated budget.  For example, not so many years ago many an English home would not be without a tea set. A statesman would require a...

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