I don't have fine china, but I do have what were my grandmother's "everyday" dishes that are what I consider my good dishes. Sadly, i live in a small apt, and am lazy, so they are packed away, because they're fragile and should be hand washed. My mom and I have had, but thankfully no more, a number of sets of fine china, but now, neither one of us really needs or will use i.t
Mom had my great aunt's set of Lennox, which was 12 place settings plus every serving piece imaginable. mom really didn't care much for the pattern but felt obligated to use it, since there was no good reason to buy something she preferred when she had this! Every holiday she would bring it out, along with her silver, which we also had multiples of. I then had my grandmother's good china, which was a simple Noritake pattern, cream with gold trim. Thankfully, we managed to sell adn donate both of those.
My grandmother's dishes are English, Booth's Chinese Tree in case anyone was interested. For me, while it really isn't particularly valuable, it has sentimental meaning to me, since we would have tea parties, and anytime I stayed with Grandma, which was pretty regularly, we'd use those.
And then there's the silver: we had, Great Aunt's for 12, again with every serving piece imaginable. GA never married and was able to buy nice things, so I guess she figured since she never married, there was no reason why she shouldn't have china, silver etc. like all her friends did! Very simple pattern.
Then we had my Grandmother's, which is very pretty, and a bit more ornate than GA's. Then my mom's, which was for 8, i think. And finally, a very dear family friend had made his wife a silver chest and my mom said if he ever thought to downsize, she would like to buy it. Well, he took her up on it, and not only gave her the chest but his wife's silver! Which made 4.
When I turned 30, mom gave me GA's since i had always liked it. She did too, but i ended up with it. In a lovely box. Well, my taste changed, and i decided i liked my mom's pattern better. so GA's silver went to a cousin on that side, and his then second wife. He's now on wife #3
Mom has Grandmother's and family friend's and I have Mom's. Mom still uses the good silver evern if i just come for breakfast or lunch, as well as holidays.
Eventually it will all be mine. And then I have to figure out what to do with it!