Asked on Jan 10, 2017

Question about displaying Heirloom Dishes

I have some Heirloom dishes. They have been proudly displayed in my China cabinet for years. I'm trying to decide if I should leave them be, or should I make them into something that I would use more (rather than just looking at them).
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These are the dishes.
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This is one idea I had, but I would need advice on what glue would hold extremely well so I wouldn't break the dishes.

Thank you in advance, any thoughts and help are appreciated.
  33 answers
  • Tova Pearl Tova Pearl on Jan 10, 2017
    Those are lovely and i like them stacked together like that... I would do it with E6000 or silicone glue, but only if it means you will use them more. Otherwise, I would just use them as serving dishes for desserts :-)

  • Canadianlady Canadianlady on Jan 10, 2017
    If these are heirlooms, you will destroy any value they may have by modifying them in this way. It would be a good idea to find out their appraisal value before doing anything.

  • Cheesecake chick Cheesecake chick on Jan 10, 2017
    if you want to keep them as heirlooms and still sometimes stack them, get some of that museum wax. it is a product that is used in museums in earthquake prone areas to keep delicate items from falling off shelves when a tremor hits. it is removable and will not damage your dishes.

  • Rockie Rockie on Jan 10, 2017
    I agree with the museum wax. I can hear your great great grandchildren saying "might as well throw these away, we'll never use them like this". Beautiful dishes!

  • William William on Jan 10, 2017
    I agree with Tova and Canadianlady. They look great stacked. E6000 adhesive wouldn't harm them. There are so much China for sale that it has brought values down. They would have to be rare to bring any decent value. Most buyers look for replacements that may have been lost or damaged. You can research the marks and see what they are worth. "" is a fair research site. They buy and sell replacement China. They tend to be overpriced and what they purchase is a nominal price. I would keep them and enjoy them.

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 10, 2017
      Thanks William, I appreciate all this valuable information. I am definitely not planning on letting them go in my lifetime, and I will look into their value before moving forward.

  • Smb228 Smb228 on Jan 10, 2017
    In my humble opinion, these are your dishes, and if you don't use them and will use them more if they are stacked, I stay stack them. I made several cake plates using candlesticks and plates found at a thrift store. I used E6000 glue and it's been over 5 years and they are still working well.
    If something does not bring you joy, either get rid of it or diy it into something that will.
    I love your dishes and I love the look of them stacked.

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 10, 2017
      Thank you, I appreciate your insight. Thank you for sharing that you have made some and how long the glue has lasted for you.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Jan 10, 2017
    I love the wire plate hooks you get at the dollar stores. Then find some place in the kitchen or dining room that you would like to display them. Up high is the safest as long as your hook is secured well on the wall.

  • Goldrushgal Goldrushgal on Jan 10, 2017
    They would also be pretty arranged and hung on the wall. You can use "Flatirons Disc Adhesive Plate Hangers. They glue to the back, are invisible from the front, hold well and can be soaked off at a later date without harming the plates.. Available on Amazon.

  • Virginia Virginia on Jan 11, 2017
    Oh, please do not cover up the beautiful design in the center of the plate. They are so pretty. They would be pretty hanging in a baby girl's nursery. If they were mine, I would not 're-purpose' them into tiered serving pedestal. If you feel the need to down-size and get rid of them, then at least put them in a 'consignment store'.....someone will 'love' these plates, purchase them and you might get a few dollars in return. Check with Replacements Co. in Greensboro, NC and see if they can determine the value and also if they would like to purchase them to put them into their inventory.

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 11, 2017
      Thank you. I have no intention of getting rid of these plates. They are important to me. They aren't worth anything - I looked into that. I was only trying to decide if I should leave them on display or create something with them that I might "use".

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Jan 11, 2017
    I entertain.....ALOT! Depending on my menu, I stack pretty plates with glasses acting as the pillar using museumwax/earthquake hold. I take them apart and put away after the party because the stacked dishes take up so much space. If you want to have the tiered plates all the time as part of your decor, you would probably be better off using the E6000 glue that is available at Michaels/Joannes. BTW That china is beautiful.

  • Laura Kackman Laura Kackman on Jan 11, 2017
    I agree with everyone who said not to glue. if you have kids or grandchildren they might want to inherit the them! Good luck in deciding what to do. Let us know what you decide to do!!

  • Sarah LaPointe Sarah LaPointe on Jan 12, 2017
    I think they are beautiful and would give to another family nbr b4 I ruined them

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 12, 2017
      Thank you Sarah. I'm just collecting ideas and thoughts at this point. I have no intention of giving them away and they will be passed down to my kids someday. I have been talking to my kids about their input on these as well.

  • Sherry Davis Wilcox Sherry Davis Wilcox on Jan 13, 2017
    I have my mothers first set about 72 years old I display them on a wall in the kitchen. Small platter and 2 plates. They mean a lot to me I remember eating off them at about 4 yrs old. Fried chicken. Good memories.

  • Samantha Woolley Samantha Woolley on Jan 14, 2017
    You could stand the bigger plate upright and use epoxy to glue the bowl, once you cut one side of it flat, to the plate and make it a bird feeder. You could use the smaller plate as the bird bath. Just glue them to some you wanna use as a pole. Tah dah, a unique bird bath and feeder.

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 14, 2017
      i like that idea Samantha. I have made afew bird feeders and baths out of other thrift store dishes and love them.

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 14, 2017
    If these dishes are important to you keep them as the are or only make changes that can be undone. You will be surprised how many times your style and taste will change in years to come.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Jan 14, 2017
    I have never experienced that but it's a good point. If she was worried about that she might want to put a small piece of felt between the plate and the wire. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Lorie Brewer Lorie Brewer on Jan 14, 2017
    I like your idea t make the three tier display. E6000 is is good adhesive for this project.
    i would use it on my vanity for placing jewelry, hair clipa etc.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 14, 2017
    Why glue them then you are stuck with that forever it looks great. But do you or would you really use that often in that shape. Do you entertain often? Think about that because then it becomes a hassle finding where to place that when not in use if you glue,not to mention that they may have value and it would disappear. Is it just that you feel you have to lug them out of guilt. You can love something and still want to not see it. Maybe you just need a break from them and that's ok. Change them out but save them for some other time. Hey think of it as a child that moves out you don't stop loving them but you don't have to see them everyday because you know that they are ok.

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 14, 2017
      Thank you for all your thoughts. I'm perfectly happy with them on display in my china cabinet and have NO intention of getting rid of them. I was just thinking about doing something with them so I'd "use them" rather then just have them on display.

  • Emma Emma on Jan 15, 2017
    If you want to use them as a tiered server and have them return to their unglued state, why not use hot glue when you are using them as a server. Then use your hair dryer to loosen the glue so they return to their original state.

  • Margaret Hely Watkins Margaret Hely Watkins on Jan 15, 2017
    Emma, you are brilliant, I have plates that I wanted to use as tiered servers too, but did not want to ruin them. I am going to the store tomorrow for a hot glue gun.

  • B1doyle B1doyle on Jan 16, 2017
    I have a space at the antique mall and I sell teapots, teacups and saucers and other vintage and antique dishes. If these dishes have some value to you, either actual monetary value or if it's sentimental value, leave them as is and do not make anything out of them. Their value as they are now will be the value for the future. I find that it's fun to make things as shown in your photo, out of other dishes that have no particular value to you. You can find some cute dishes at thrift stores for the craft projects. I think they are very pretty dishes, but please leave them as is.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 16, 2017
    Thank you everyone for sharing all your thoughts and ideas about this. I thought I would share with you what I'm thinking at this point in case you are interested. The plates don't have any value, and no I am in no way interested in getting rid of them. They are still proudly on display in my china cabinet (has a window). If I want to try stacking them I will probably start with either the hot glue or museum wax. This will allow me to try it and decide if I like it yet give me the versatility to keep them single. If I find I like them and use them more stacked then I will use the E6000 to adhere them permanently. Thanks again!

  • Jer15366340 Jer15366340 on Jan 16, 2017
    Use the museum wax when displaying your pretty dishes.

  • Judy Judy on Jan 20, 2017
    Have you thought of making a mosaic out of them

  • Lorlq Lorlq on Jan 20, 2017
    have you had them appraised? I watch PBS roadshow and its amazing how many people think things have no value and it turns out they do or are extremely valuable . some guy found a set of chicken and rooster salt and pepper shakers that were popular way back sitting on top of garbage can He brought them to RS and they were made by a now defunct pottery co in England in the 1800s they were about 4" high have a very faint marking on the bottom of each and turned out to be worth drum roll ....30K So don't do anything to them until you are absolutely sure

  • Sarah LaPointe Sarah LaPointe on Jan 21, 2017
    Chas, I just got a better look at the plates. Your idea of making a three tier sand really makes them POP too. They are beautiful and just in time for spring;;; try the E6000 glue ( think that's the name, but be spreads like ma.d.

  • Irene Gronewald Irene Gronewald on Jan 23, 2017
    i have and buy these at thrift stores...25 cents each...for small size...i know what e~bay says they are wort i also rent in antique malls many pieces do you it a large set? if only a could glue them with th e6000 glue to dowel rod or copper pipe for bird feeders...i have made tea cup wreaths...also...they would be pretty dis played on a wall (the plates) and set around for jewelry..etc. in bedroom and bath..if your heart is connected to them...put away and set out for special celebrations..i found at vincent de paul thrift store ...hand painted...made in japan...gorgeous china...25 cents each...a couple days ago ...set of 14 pieces..etsy says they are worth 15.00 each...common sense ...i will not get 5.00 each...but sentimental value has no...price ...:)

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 23, 2017
      Thank you Irene, for all your suggestions. I have them in my china cabinet in the window display. I think I will get them out for special occasions and use them.

  • Eileen B. Eileen B. on Jan 23, 2017
    I also have some antique dishes, I keep the teapot, sugar bowl and one teacup and saucer on display. The rest of the dishes are in my cupboard. I only have one teacup but I have 12 saucers I think I will use the saucers to make mosaic birdhouses for family members

  • Dalethomason Dalethomason on Jan 26, 2017
    I found 8 saucers & bread n butter plates that matched the only piece of good China, a platter, my mother received when wed - I gave one to each of the grand daughters & daughter in laws to use - as a jewelry dish or other item. I wanted them to remember that even tho mother had a beautiful home & many lovely things, she did not always get everything she had wanted but enjoyed what she had. We all need that 1st

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 26, 2017
      Thank you for sharing. I am lucky and appreciate my dishes. As you mentioned I am one of the great grandchildren who received a set. I love them and proudly display them.

  • Lisa Coffey Lisa Coffey on Jan 28, 2017
    I watch PBS roadshow and its amazing how many people think things have no value and it turns out they do or are extremely valuable .

    • Kat17784637 Kat17784637 on Jan 31, 2017
      Is Ms Coffey related to the lady who is over the women's org , about hysterec
      omies, in Pa. ?

  • User User on Jan 31, 2017
    these are drop dead gorgeous .... could you please tell me what they are called ... on the bottom of the dishes should be a manufacture name & possibly a brand/catagory name .... i've been looking for a good set of china for years ... we have a place here in the states called "" that specializes in all kinds of dishes that if i can give them that information they might have them..... i would be such a happy happy camper. (ps we just completed building our new home & am now getting "stuff" to complete my long awaited - 16 years!!! home.

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    • Lori Kelly Lori Kelly on Feb 03, 2017
      eBay sometimes has things if you know the maker and name.

  • User User on Feb 02, 2017
    awesome ... thank you so very much ... they are similar to my grandmothers ... but have what appears to be a pink band

  • User User on Feb 02, 2017
    awesome ~ thanks ~ could you also tell me if they are pink or more salmon colored.