Pottery and Porcelain Marks

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    Alamo Pottery

    Alamo Pottery - San Antonio and Hondo, Texas Alamo Pottery Mark. - Pamela Wiggins

    Marks and Signatures on Pottery, Porcelain and China

    Identifying a mark on a piece of pottery or porcelain is often the first step in researching the value of these antique and collectible pieces. This guide provides marks found on both antique and contemporary collectible pottery and porcelain from the United States and other countries, and includes dating information and a brief history relating to the companies included wherever possible.

    Links to examples of each manufacturer's wares,...MORE value guides and additional information about the companies featured in this marks guide are included below the mark information where available.

    This mark used ca. 1944-1951. Also used a raised Alamo U.S.A. mark.

    Company made utilitarian art pottery and bathroom fixtures. Bought by Universal Rundle Corp. in 1951. (Reference: Potteries Across Texas Web site)

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    Amphora

    Amphora Mark
    Reissner Stellmacher & Kessler (R St. K) Amphora Works - Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Amphora Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    Mark Ca. 1892-1905

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    Bawo & Dotter (Elite Works)

    Elite L France Mark
    Limoges, France Elite L France Mark. Photo Courtesy of Wendy Plumb

    This mark was used under the glaze by Bawo & Dotter on white ware "blanks" the company produced after 1900. Pieces decorated by Bawo & Dotter usually have a red shield-shaped decorating mark over the glaze as well.

    Other marks were used by Bawo & Dotter as well, all referencing "Elite" in some way. A similar mark without an underscore beneath ELITE and no "L" above France was used ca. 1896-1900.

    Note: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks refers to an Elite mark...MORE as that of Guerin-Pouyat-Elite LTD, however most dealers refer to the Mary Frank Gaston attribution in The Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain of Bawo & Dotter. A mark used after 1920 by this company does refer to Guerin-Pouyat-Elite LTD. suggesting a later partnership or merger with Guerin-Pouyat.

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    Bawo & Dotter (Elite Works)

    Mark of Decorating House Bawo & Dotter
    Limoges, France Mark of Decorating House Bawo & Dotter. - Pamela Wiggins

    Overglaze decorating house mark used by Bawo & Dotter. The mark shown here was used from 1896-1900. A very similar mark with Limoges in block letters and France was used from 1920-1932. This mark without France and Limoges in block letters dates to the 1880s.

    Other marks were used by Bawo & Dotter as well, all referencing "Elite" in some way.

    Note: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks refers to a similar mark as that of Guerin-Pouyat-Elite LTD., however most dealers refer to the...MORE Mary Frank Gaston attribution in The Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain of Bawo & Dotter. A mark used after 1920 by this company does refer to Guerin-Pouyat-Elite LTD. suggesting a later partnership or merger with Guerin-Pouyat.

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    Bawo & Dotter (Elite Works)

    Elite Works Bawo & Dotter Red Decorating & Green White Ware Marks
    Limoges, France Bawo & Dotter Red Decorating & Green White Ware Marks. Photo Courtesy of Wendy Plumb

    Red overglaze decorating house mark used by Bawo & Dotter with green underglaze white ware mark above it. The red mark shown here was used from around 1900-1914, with some versions containing the wording "Bawo & Dotter" above the mark. Many similar Bawo & Dotter marks just say "Elite" above the shield.

    Other marks were used by Bawo & Dotter as well, all referencing "Elite" in some way. The first similar red decorating shield mark appears to have been used...MORE in the 1880s.

    Note: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks refers to a similar mark as that of Guerin-Pouyat-Elite LTD., however most dealers refer to the Mary Frank Gaston attribution in The Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain of Bawo & Dotter. A mark used after 1920 by this company does refer to Guerin-Pouyat-Elite LTD. suggesting a later partnership or merger with Guerin-Pouyat.

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    B & H Limoges

    Blakeman & Henderson Mark
    Blakeman & Henderson - New York, NY Blakeman & Henderson Mark. - Photo by Jay B. Siegel

    Blakeman & Henderson, a decorating company, commissioned high quality porcelain, including dinnerware, from the Limoges region of France in the late 1890s to early 1900s.

    This mark is seen in green, gray and red.

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    Blue Ridge

    Made by Southern Potteries, Inc. - Erwin, Tenn. Blue Ridge Mark - 1950s. -Pamela Wiggins

    Mark ca. 1950s

    One of a number of marks on Blue Ridge pieces. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Buffalo Pottery

    Buffalo Pottery Mark
    Buffalo, New York Buffalo Pottery Mark. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    A number of different marks were used by Buffalo Pottery, most featuring an American bison somewhere in the logo, and all indicating the date the piece was made. Buffalo made both semi-vitreous and vitreous wares, and some pieces indicated the type in the mark. See below for information on Deldare and Blue Willow marks.

    Deldare pieces have their own unique marks identifying pieces as part of this line. Buffalo’s Blue Willow dinnerware pattern was marked "First Old Willow Ware Mfg. in...MORE America," according to Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 39th Edition edited by Ellen T. Schroy.

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    Catalina Pottery

    Catalina Pottery Sticker Used by Gladding McBean & Co.
    Gladding McBean & Co. - California Catalina Pottery Sticker Used by Gladding McBean & Co. - Morphy Auctions

    Sticker used from 1937 to 1942. See below for more Catalina Pottery marks information.

    Gladding McBean & Co. acquired the Catalina Island Pottery Co. and its molds in 1937. The sticker shown was used on art pottery made by Gladding McBean & Co. from 1937 until 1942 when the Catalina Pottery Art Ware line was discontinued due to war production, according to the gmcb.com website. Oftentimes these pieces will bear another mark such as "Catalina Pottery U.S.A." but the stickers were...MORE worn away with cleaning and use.

    Note: These pieces should not be confused with those made by the original Catalina Island Pottery Co. at the original island factory off the Southern California coast from 1927 to 1937. Those are most often marked "Catalina" or "Catalina Island" incised into the bottom of the pieces. Catalina Island pieces are more highly prized by collectors and bring higher prices than those marked "Catalina Pottery."

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    Capodimonte

    An example of the first Capodimonte fleur de lis mark used by the Royal Factory in Naples, Italy.
    Ca. Mid-1700s An example of the first Capodimonte fleur de lis mark used by the Royal Factory in Naples, Italy. Illustration by Jay B. Siegel

    The earliest Capodimonte wares were unmarked. This is the first fleur de lis mark used by the Royal Factory in Naples, Italy stamped in either blue or gold.

    The fleur de lis mark was later revised to a thinner version.

    Beginning in 1771, Capodimonte began using the crown over Neopolitan N mark. This mark was used through the early 1800s when the Royal Factory closed.

    Other companies began manufacturing porcelain in the Capodimonte tradition after 1925. Some of these pieces are marked with other...MORE company names or foil stickers in addition to a stamped variation of the crown over Neopolitan N mark.

    For more information on Capodimonte marks, click here.

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    Capodimonte

    Second Capodimonte fleur de lis mark
    Ca. Mid-1700s Through 1771 An example of the second Capodimonte fleur de lis mark used by the Royal Factory in Naples, Italy. Illustration by Jay B. Siegel

    The earliest Capodimonte wares were unmarked. This is the second fleur de lis mark used by the Royal Factory in Naples, Italy stamped in either blue or gold.

    This mark replaced a fatter version of the fleur de lis mark.

    Beginning in 1771, Capodimonte began using the crown over Neopolitan N mark. This mark was used through the early 1800s when the Royal Factory closed.

    Other companies began manufacturing porcelain in the Capodimonte tradition after 1925. Some of these pieces are marked with other...MORE company names or foil stickers in addition to a stamped variation of the crown over Neopolitan N mark.

    For more information on Capodimonte marks, click here.

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    Capodimonte

    Ca. 1771-early 1800s Capodimote Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    This is the original crown and Neopolitan N Capodimonte mark used by the Royal Factory. The earliest Capodimonte marks were variations of the fleur de lis.

    Other marks by companies who carried on the Capodimonte tradition since 1925 also contain some variation of the crown over N mark, but the one shown here was the only mark used by the original Capodimonte factory in Italy from the late 1700s through the early 1800s (some sources indicate a closing date of 1817, others purport 1834).

    For more...MORE information on Capodimonte marks, click here.

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    Coiffe Limoges France

    Coiffe Limoges France Mark
    Limoges, France Coiffe Limoges France Mark. -Pamela Wiggins

    Mark as shown, known by collectors and dealers as Mark 3, was used ca. 1891-1914, and also without Limoges above the star during the same period. See below for more dating information on similar Coiffe marks.

    Star mark without the words "Limoges" and "France" above and below was used prior to 1890. Mark with "Made in France" above star used 1914-1920s.

    The Coiffe factory made many porcelain blanks decorated by other companies so many times an accompanying mark will identify...MORE the decorating factory. Coiffe blanks were also exported to the United States for use by both novice and professional china painters at the turn of the last century. (Reference: The Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain)

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    Crown Potteries Co. Made in U.S.A.

    Crown Potteries Co. - Evansville, Indiana Crown Potteries Co. Made in U.S.A. - Ca. 1950. -Pamela Wiggins

    Ca. 1950

    Mark used on majolica, ironstone, semiporcelain and white granite. Company was in business from 1902-1962. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    De Sphinx Pottery

    De Sphinx Pottery - Maastricht, Holland De Sphinx Petrus Regout Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    Variations of this mark used ca. 1929-1931. Company established in 1836 by Petrus Regout.

    The firm was noted for its transfer-printed earthenware. (Reference: Kovels.com and Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Doulton & Co.

    Burslem, Staffordshire, England Doulton Burslem England Crown Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    This crown mark used ca. 1885-1902.

    One of a number of marks on Doulton pieces. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Fulper Ink Mark

    Fulper Pottery Company Ink Mark
    Fulper Pottery - Flemington, N.J. Fulper Pottery Company Ink Mark. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Mark used c. 1910-1915 by Fulper Pottery Co..

    This was the first mark - FULPER in a rectangle - used by this company using the Hobo typeface. It is commonly referenced by collectors and dealers as the Fulper “ink mark.” Fake ink marks have been found drawn with a black marker on pieces not made by this company. Astute collectors confirm authenticity prior to investing in a pricey item purportedly made by Fulper.

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    Gebruder Heubach

    Heubach Sunburst Mark
    Lichte, Thuringia, Germany Sunburst Mark Used on Gebruder Heubach Dolls, Piano Babies, and Bisque Figurines. Photo Courtesy of eBay Seller: getreadygo2

    Ca. Mid-1800s through 1920s

    This "sunburst" mark is one of several used by Gebruder Heubach on bisque porcelain dolls, piano babies, and other figurines. This particular mark is sometimes very faintly incised into the porcelain with the sunburst being the most recognizable attribute and the H and G lettering barely legible. The same mark can also be found ink stamped on the bottom of some piano babies and figurines as well. The mark shown here was found on a piano baby figurine.

    Gebruder...MORE Heubach also used a square mark with HEU over BACH and Gebr. Heubach on their character dolls as well. These marks, along with the sunburst mark, are usually located on the back of the neck on dolls.

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    Grueby Pottery

    GruebyMark4.jpg
    Boston, Massachusetts Grueby Faience Co. Mark. Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Original company founded in 1894. A number of different marks were used over time.

    This is one of the most commonly found Grueby Pottery marks. To see other authentic Grueby marks, click here.

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    HB Quimper

    HB Quimper Mark with Dashes and Dot
    Quimper, France HB Quimper Mark with Dot and Dashes. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Ca. Late 1800s-1942 (See information below for more on the the Quimper "HB" mark.)

    The "HB" mark was first used on pieces made by the Hubaudiere-Bousquet factory in Quimper, France in the mid-1800s, and has had many incarnations. Subtle differences in these marks can lend to more accurately dating this type of pottery, according to information provided on the Old Quimper website.

    The HB Quimper mark with dashes and dots beneath (as shown above) was employed from the late 1800s up to 1942.

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    HB Quimper

    HB Quimper Mark Used From 1968 to 1983
    Quimper, France HB Quimper Mark Used From 1968 to 1983. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Ca. 1968-1983 (See information below for more on Quimper HB marks.)

    The most recent HB mark used by the Hubaudiere-Bousquet factory in Quimper, France is "HB Quimper," with form and decoration numbers beneath. This mark dates from 1968 to 1983. Later pieces were made with marks that appeared on original factory pieces when they were reissued through 2004.

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    Henriot Quimper

    Henriot Quimper Mark
    Quimper, France Henriot Quimper Mark. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    ca. 1925-1968

    This mark was used by the Jules Henriot factory in Quimper, France known for making faience pottery. The style made by Henriot and that of other potteries from this area is generically referred to as "Quimper" by collectors.

    Henriot used a number of different marks beginning in 1891, with "HR" being the first. From 1895-1922 the factory used the "HR Quimper" mark. The example shown above was used from about 1925-1968, according to the Old Quimper website....MORE After 1968, artist initials and/or decoration numbers were printed under the mark.

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    Hull Art U.S.A.

    Hull Pottery Company - Crooksville, Ohio Hull Art U.S.A. Mark, ca. 1940s. -Pamela y. Wiggins

    Mark ca. 1940s

    Mark used by Hull Pottery during the 1940s to advertise the prevalence of the company's popular art pottery lines during that period. (Reference: Collectors Encyclopedia of Hull Pottery by Brenda Roberts)

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    Johnson Bros. English Chippendale

    Johnson Bros. - Staffordshire, England Johnson Bros. English Chippendale Mark. -Pamela Wiggins

    Crown mark used on various earthenware and ironstone dinnerware patterns since 1913. This is the current mark for the English Chippendale pattern. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    L. Hutschenruether Porcelain Factory

    Selb, Bavaria, Germany (W. Germany) L. Hutschenruether Porcelain Factory Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    This mark was used on china (hard paste porcelain) ca. 1955-1969, often in conjunction with the mark of Paul A. Straub who was a New York porcelain importer.

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    Laughlin, Homer

    Homer Laughlin Mark
    Newell, West Virginia Homer Laughlin Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    This mark was found on Homer Laughlin's Virginia Rose shape, Armand pattern, ca. 1950. The "50" in the letter/number denotes the year on this particular mark.

    (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Laviolette

    Limoges France Arrow Mark - Laviolette
    Limoges, France Limoges France Arrow Mark - Laviolette. - Pamela Wiggins

    Underglaze mark found on white ware made by Laviolette from 1896-1905.

    (References: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks and The Collectors Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain)

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    Lord Nelson Ware

    Ca. 1940s-1960s Lord Nelson Ware Mark. - Pamela Wiggins

    Mark of English company Elijah Cotton on its Lord Nelson Ware lines. Black Beauty denotes the name of a popular chintz dinnerware pattern.

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    L.R.L. Limoges France

    Lazeyras, Rosenfeld and Lehman - Limoges, France
    Lazeyras, Rosenfeld and Lehman - Limoges, France Lazeyras, Rosenfeld and Lehman - Limoges, France. Photo Courtesy of www.rubylane.com/shop/labazaar

    Mark of decorating factory Lazeyras, Rosenfeld and Lehman circa 1920s found overglaze on Limgoes white ware blanks. This is often referenced as Mark 3 by dealers, as found in The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain.

    This decorating studio used a number of different marks, including those that read LR&L or L.R. over L.

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    McCoy U.S.A.

    Nelson McCoy Pottery - Roseville, Ohio McCoy U.S.A. Mark - ca. 1940 through mid-1960s. -Pamela Wiggins

    Mark ca. 1940 through mid-1960s

    Mark used on various stoneware and earthenware pieces. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Metlox Pottery Made in California

    Metlox Pottery Made in California Mark
    Metlox Pottery - Manhattan Beach, Calif. Metlox Pottery - in California. -Pamela Wiggins

    Ca. 1958-1978

    Poppy Trail denotes Metlox pattern name. The same basic mark was used with a number of different patterns made by Metlox, with just the pattern name changing as applicable. Additional Note from user Anastacia Gibbs: "Many of the original Metlox marks which look similar to this one and are authentic are smeared. We have many pieces with this mark that belonged to my husband's parents and they were purchased here in California when the factory was still active."

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    Muncie Pottery Company

    Muncie Pottery Company Mark
    Muncie Pottery Company - Muncie, Indiana Muncie Pottery Company Mark. - Morphy Auctions

    Ca. 1919-1939 - See below for more information on Muncie Pottery Co.

    This company began as Muncie Clay Products Company in 1919. Muncie, a small company, only employed 20 people at the height of their production, according to research compiled by author Jack D. Wilson. Some of the most collectible Muncie pieces are the Art Deco designs resembling Ruba Rombic glassware conceptualized by Reuben Haley who also designed for Consolidated Glass Company. The company was reorganized and renamed Muncie...MORE Potteries in 1931, and eventually ceased operation in 1939.

    While some Muncie pieces are not signed, those bearing the company's name are marked as shown here. Some pieces also have mold or finisher marks, usually hand written, which can include a combination of letters and/or numbers.

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    Newcomb College Pottery - New Orleans, Louisiana

    Newcomb College Pottery Mark
    ca. 1894-1939 Newcomb College Pottery Mark. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    The "N" within "C" mark is most often associated with Newcomb. Other marks: “Newcomb College" and an “N” and “C” on either side of a vase within a rectangle.

    Newcomb College Pottery was made by women students at Newcomb College incorporating local materials and decor inspired by Louisiana's flora and fauna in the Arts and Crafts tradition. A number of marks are usually found on each piece including a registration mark and the initials of the woman who decorated the piece.

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    M.Z. Austria

    Moritz Zdekauer - Altrohlau, Germany M.Z. Austria Mark. -Pamela Wiggins

    Mark as shown used ca. 1900

    Mark used on porcelain wares. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    PD Turn Teplitz - Kunstkeramik Paul Dachsel

    Kunstkeramik Paul Dachsel mark
    Turn-Teplitz, Austria Kunstkeramik Paul Dachsel mark. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This is referenced as the Kunstkeramik Paul Dachsel mark. Pottery designer Paul Dachsel used this mark when he stared his own business after leaving the original Amphora factory. This mark was used on pottery made by his firm from approximately 1906 through 1911.

    A very simple "PD" mark is sometimes associated with Paul Dachsel’s work as well, whether he was designing for the original Amphora factory, Ernst Wahliss or for his own factory. The PD mark can be found alone on the base of a...MORE piece, with an Amphora or Wahliss mark, or the Kunstkeramik mark shown above.

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    Paul A. Straub & Co.

    New York, NY Paul A. Straub & Co. Mark. - Jay B. Siegel

    Porcelain importer mark used ca. 1948-1970. Often used in conjunction with the L. Hutschenreuther manufacturer's mark.

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    Rosenthal Germany

    Rosenthal Germany Mark
    Rosenthal Porcelain - Selb, Bavaria, Germany Rosenthal Germany Mark. -Pamela Wiggins

    Variations of this particular Rosenthal mark have been used since the mid-1950s.

    This is one of many marks used by Rosenthal on various lines. This style of mark, with Germany beneath Rosenthal, was first used in the mid-1950s and continued through 1967. Various nuances to the mark can help narrow the date to a specific year. For more information on Rosenthal marks, http://collectrosenthal.com/markingsdate.html is a recommended resource. 

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    Rookwood Pottery Mark

    Rookwood Pottery Reverse RP Mark
    Rookwood Pottery Reverse RP Mark. - Morphy Auctions

    Beginning in 1886, a flame was added around the reverse RP logo each year to mark the date. In 1901, Roman numerals began dating the pieces. See below for more information on Rookwood marks.

    Many talented artists worked for Rookwood Pottery, and a number of pieces are marked on the base with an artist's cipher (their name or initials) in addition to the reverse RP logo.

    Some pieces were also marked with a letter: "P" indicates soft porcelain; "S" indicates a special piece;...MORE "Z" refers to matte glaze; "V" indicates Vellum glaze, and trial pieces were marked "T".

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    Roseville RV Ink Stamp Mark

    Roseville RV Ink Stamp Mark
    ca. 1923-1926 Roseville RV Ink Stamp Mark. - Morphy Auctions

    An early Roseville mark used on patterns such as Carnelian I, Rosecraft Panel, and Vintage, among others.

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    Roseville U.S.A.

    Roseville Pottery Co. - Zanesville, Ohio Roseville Pottery Co. Mark ca. 1939. -Pamela Wiggins

    Mark ca. 1939

    Roseville is often more easily dated by identifying the line and researching the corresponding year of production rather than relying solely on the style of the mark. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Roseville Reproduction Mark

    Roseville Reproduction Mark. -Pamela Wiggins

    One of many reproduction marks found on Roseville fakes

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    Royal Bonn

    Bonn, Germany Royal Bonn Mark. - Elayne Walters

    Ca. 1836-1931

    Mark of Franz Anton Mehlem's pottery made in Bonn, Germany. A number of marks were used by this manufacturer, most including the initials FM, a crown, and the word Bonn. Some show a date of "1755," which refers to earlier Bonn pottery manufacturers, rather than the date a piece was made.

    Note: This particular example is partially stamped so the words "Royal" above the crown and "Bonn" below the crest are barely legible, nor is the "1755" under the...MORE FM in the center of the mark readable.

    Reference: Kovel's New Dictionary of of Marks

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    Royal China Co.

    Royal China Company
    Sebring, Ohio Royal China Company. -Pamela Wiggins

    Ca. 1940-1955

    Mark used primarily on semivitreous dinnerware. (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Royal Doulton

    Ca. 1939 Royal Doulton 1939 Mark. - Pamela Wiggins

    Royal Doulton used dating systems with a number of their marks. Here the small "12" next to the mark shown is added to 1927 to arrive at a 1939 production date.

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    Royal Doulton Old Balloon Seller

    Ca. 1959 and 1982 Royal Doulton Old Balloon Seller Mark. - Pamela Wiggins

    Mark is specific to Old Balloon Seller figurine produced by Royal Doulton between 1959 and 1982. Older and newer versions of this piece were made (see below).

    Thanks to Royal Doulton specialist Roger Hoffman for this information: "Pre-1959 the Old Balloon Seller [logo] was hand printed and after 1982 the logo changed completely. It had a very long production run (1929-98) and is therefore readily available. In good shape we sell it at $130."

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    R.S. Prussia

    R.S. Prussia Mark
    Reinhold Schlegelmilch - Suhl, Thuringia, Germany R.S. Prussia. -Pamela Wiggins

    Ca. 1880s-1917

    This mark is often referred to as the "red" mark by dealers and collectors of R.S. Prussia porcelain. Some well done fake marks can be very similar, so examining details closely is imperative when in question.

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    Royal Winton Welbeck 1995

    Grimwades Ltd. - Stoke, Staffordshire England Royal Winton Welbeck 1995 Mark. -Pamela Wiggins

    Mark used on new issue Welbeck chintz pieces sold through Victoria magazine in the mid-1990s

    A similar circular mark with the words "Grimwades England" inside the Royal Winton logo was used by this company on chintz dinnerware from the mid-1930s through 1950. (Reference: Victoria magazine, Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Sitzendorf

    Sitzendorf Porcelain Manufactory
    Sitzendorf Porcelain Manufactory - Sitzendorf, Thuringia, Germany Sitzendorf Porcelain Manufactory. -Pamela Wiggins

    Ca. 1902-1972

    Since this mark was used on figurines produced for 70 years, the style must be examined to determine the age. Sometimes seen with a Germany circle mark in addition to the crown mark. (Reference: Pictoral Guide to Pottery & Porcelain Marks and Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    T.V. or T & V

    T.V. / T&V Marks on Limoges Porcelain
    Tressemann & Vogt - Limoges, France T.V. / T&V Marks - Tressemann & Vogt - Limoges, France. -Pamela Wiggins

    Marks shown here are circa 1907-1919, with both a green rectangular underglaze T&V white ware mark and a red bell overglaze decorating mark. There are many variations of these marks. The oldest exporting mark spells out Tressemann & Vogt ca. 1880s-1891.

    Tressemann & Vogt was one of many factories doing business in Limoges, France at the turn of the last century. They produced many pieces of white ware that were decorated elsewhere and decorated porcelain as well. Some references show...MORE Tressemanes spelling vs. Tressemann. (References: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks, Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain)

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    Teco

    Teco Pottery Mark
    Terra Cotta Tile Works Teco Pottery Mark. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Teco pottery was introduced in 1902. By 1911 the line included more than 500 designs. Teco is thought to have been produced at least until the mid-1920s.

    Many pieces were made with matte green glaze, some with a metallic black overglaze, but other colors such as brown, yellow, blue, pink and maroon were also made. These items are considered to be part of the arts and crafts movement and are highly regarded by art pottery enthusiasts. Most collectors are attracted to Teco for the unique and...MORE creative shapes of the pieces, especially those with geometric features rather than the color of the glaze, according to JustArtPottery.com.

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    Universal Potteries

    Universal Potteries, Inc. - Cambridge, Ohio Universal Potteries Mark - Ca. 1933. -Pamela Wiggins

    Ca. 1933

    A similar circle mark with OVEN PROOF in the center was used by this company from 1934-1936 (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)

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    Van Briggle

    Van Briggle Pottery Co. - Colorado Springs, Colorado Vanbriggle Pottery Co. Mark Used After 1920. -Pamela Wiggins

    Company in business from 1901 to present. Mark shown used after 1920.

    Colorado Springs notation was added to this company's wares made after 1920. Check the Van Briggle Web site (linked below) for current production pieces to assist in dating.

    Only pieces made from 1901 through 1907 are always dated under the "AA" logo. Pieces were dated sporadically from 1908 through 1920. For an example of a dated Van Briggle mark and more information on the company CLICK HERE.

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    Weller Pottery

    Weller Pottery Mark
    Ca. Late Teens - 1920s Weller Pottery Mark. - Morphy Auctions

    During its production years from 1872 to 1948, various marks were used by Weller Pottery and some pieces were artist signed (see below).

    This particular incised mark is from a Weller Hudson vase decorated by Dorothy England Laughead (note the "D.L." artist's cipher in blue to the left in the photo). The Hudson line was produced during the 1920s dating this Weller mark to that time period.

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    W.G. & Co. Limoges France

    Wm. Guérin & Co. - Limoges, France
    Wm. Guérin & Co. - Limoges, France Wm. Guérin & Co. - Limoges, France. Photo Courtesy of www.rubylane.com/shop/theporcelainartoflimoges

    Mark shown is that of white ware factory referenced by dealers and collectors as Guérin used circa 1900-1932. This is often referenced as Mark 3 by dealers, as found in The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain.

    This manufacturing company used a number of different marks beginning in 1870, including similar scroll marks without Limoges and France. One variation used from the late 1890s-1932 spelled out Wm. Guérin & Co. Limoges France.

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    Worcester Royal Porcelain Co.

    Worcester, England Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. - Gera LaNore

    The "S" under the mark indicates circa 1881. Words "Royal Worcester England" were added in 1891.

    (Reference: Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks)