Antique Marks - Pottery Marks, Porcelain Backstamps, China Marks Pg1
Antique Marks and Backstamps; Manufacturer History, Information and References
I am more than happy to share with you, HERE ON THESE PAGES, the information that I have on the history, manufacturer's and marks of antique and vintage
porcelain, china, pottery, silver and anything else that I come across. My primary resource for marks is "Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay" by Lois Lehner.
Please keep in mind that many companies used several backstamps, marks and graphics to identify their wares. And
in most cases the numbers mean nothing.... they were for internal use. While your mark may not perfectly match what I have posted, they are a starting point. The above book is probably in your local library and is well worth the trip if you want to see your mark in print.
Due to the large number of e-mails that I receive asking for information on identifying individual pieces I no longer
respond to email requests for mark identification, history, value or appraisals. Here is information if you want me to do an appraisal. But, if you use this resource and the Identifying Your Antiques & Collectibles page, you should be able to find all of the resources that you need to answer your question or start on the correct path to antique identification. If you want to sell your antiques and collectibles you can do that here as well.
You WILL NOT find your answers on the Internet unless you know exactly what to look for. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE LOCAL LIBRARY AS YOUR BEST RESOURCE FOR RESEARCH!
If your item is
suspected of being museum quality, extremely unique and rare or if you need an appraisal for insurance puposes please use the below online appraisal service.
I update the marks pages as time allows so please check back or use the Change Detection notification system to be notified of additions to these pages.
If this information is helpful please feel free to buy me a cup of coffee. Thank you, Granny
General Rules for dating marks - There are several general rules for dating ceramic marks, attention to which will avoid several common errors. Printed marks incorporating the Royal Arms are a 19th or 20th century date. Printed marks incorporating the name of the pattern are after 1810. Marks incorporating the word 'Limited', or the abbreviations 'Ltd', 'Ld', etc., denote a
date after 1861, and most examples are much later. Incorporation of the words 'Trade Mark' in a mark denotes a date subsequent to the Act of 1862. Inclusion of the word 'Royal' in a firm's title or trade name suggests a date in the second half of the 19th century, if not a 20th-century dating. Inclusion of the abbreviation 'R N' (for Registered Number) followed by numbers denotes a date subsequent to 1883. Inclusion of the word 'England', 'Germany',
'France', 'Italy' in marks denotes a date after 1891, although some manufacturers added the word slightly before this date. 'Made in England', 'Made in Germany' and so on, denotes a 20th-century date. Use of the words 'Bone China', 'English Bone China', etc., denotes a 20th-century date. Items made in Japan between 1945 and 1953 were required by law to be marked "Made in Occupied Japan." Most European antique and vintage china and
porcelain pieces are well marked as to manufacturer whereas U.S makers were hit and miss on marking their pieces.
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