12 Crestview St, Kenmore,
PO Box 609, Kenmore,
Queensland, Australia 4069
Phone: (07) 3878 4075 Fax: (07) 3878 4078
ACN 010 524 053
ABN 11 010 524 053
Curry with a teacup from his grandmother's dinner
service. Trying to find missing pieces inspired
him to set up the business.
phone has rarely stopped ringing since Ken Curry combined
his love of old china with his computer expertise and
established a worldwide china matching service.
started China Finders two and a half years ago and
have more than 12,000 buyers and sellers and 25,000
items of china.'' he says. "The computer allows me
to keep track of who wants what and match up customers
with the china.
set up the service after trying to trace pieces of a
dinner service he inherited from his grandmother. "She
loved that set so much she even chose wallpaper, light
fittings and door knobs to match the pattern," he says.
He finds that many of his clients have a similar emotional
attachment to their china.
often reminds people of happy times and they want
that to carry on," he says. "Others want to sell treasured
items knowing it will be matched up and find a good
Finders now covers the range from discontinued tableware
dating from the turn of the century to pieces only a
few years old. Top quality 12-place dinner sets bought
in the 70s or 80s can now have a replacement value of
more than $15,000, so people are very keen to find missing
addition to the finest bone china from manufacturers
such as Royal Doulton and Wedgwood there is a high demand
for brands such as Noritake and many popular stoneware
Finders trades in china from all over the world,
recently importing a large shipment of hard-to-find
patterns from the UK. Now with the assistance of online
trading these needed pieces will complete quality dinnerware
sets in a various homes across the world.
your requests on the database is a free service. As
items become available all those wanting that particular
pattern are notified simultaneously. Prices are based
on the rarity and quality of the china. "Teacups average
around AUD$44 each, stoneware cups sell for about AUD$22,
while one from Wedgwood's top-of-the-range Gold Florentine
pattern would be AUD$100."
his many contacts and satisfied customers, Managing
Director Ken Curry wryly admits that he still hasn't
been able to find the missing pieces for his grandmother's
dinner service. "So if anyone has a Royal Doulton
French Provincial dinner set, pattern number H4945,
I'd really love to hear from you."
Curry pictured above scouring
an English countryside boot sale for
oddments of English China.
©2000 China Finders Pty Ltd
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