These great items sold almost precisely at their sustainable guide values. Neither the lidded sugar nor the saucer was marked, so one has to be on alert that the sugar wasn't actually made in Japan, thereby considerably lessening its value. (The Japanese never marked these Halloween porcelain wares, whereas the Germans more often than not did mark these wares.) The Japanese didn't make saucers, so the only question is whether the lidded sugar is German or Japanese. It is definitely the former based on its finish. The 3.25" saucer is devilishly difficult to find.
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.