Beach & Arthur products, especially their plates, have been desired items for several years. Their design sensibilities were far better honed than their competitors like Tuttle or Reed. Whereas the latter made a dizzying array of party basics like napkins, plates and cups, their designs are largely forgettable. Beach & Arthur, on the other hand, had a stable of artists that sought to differentiate their products - and succeeded in doing so.
Wow, this is a real head-scratcher. $1,025 for seven plates? At over $146 per plate, the prevailing bidder must be wondering what possessed him or her. These plates, made by Beach & Arthur, come up regularly and typically trade for ~$35-55. Weird, huh?
Beach & Arthur of Indianapolis, Indiana made some of the most coveted party plates. Collectors love them due to their imaginative art and density of imagery. (To see some nice examples, please refer to pages 298-299.) Less known but just as exquisite are their other paper products like handled party cups. This listing is a good example of their output.
I've noticed that the sub-sub-genre of Beach & Arthur plates has been on fire these last two months for reasons I don't quite understand. Does anyone have thoughts on the matter? The buyer spent $225 plus shipping for four plates, for an average of $58 per plate, a valuation that seems excessive.
Wow! Three bidders, intent on adding this fine plate to their collections, drove the bidding into the stratosphere to an entirely unsustainable $123.50. I am happy for the seller, but would counsel the underbidders to bide their time. These plates show up regularly, and typically fetch $30-40. A bit of advice to newer collectors: understand the relative scarcity of the items on which you are bidding. If something is common, seldom bid over guide value as another will surface in one forum or another. Try not to overpay as the prevailing bidder here most definitely did.
This is one of the best paper plate designs available. As with virtually all of their output, Beach and Arthur of Indianapolis, Indiana pulled out the stops when designing this 8" plate. This was made in the 1930s. Other designs can be seen on pages 298-299 of my new edition.