To identify a Homer Laughlin china pattern, check whether a pattern name or number appears on the back of any of the china pieces as part of the potter?s mark. The pattern or decoration number usually contains one or two letters followed by one to five digits. If these features are not present, compare the pattern to photos of known Homer Laughlin china patterns or treatments.Know More
The Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association recommends two books for use in identifying china patterns: ?Homer Laughlin China Guide to Shapes and Patterns? by Jo Cunningham and Darlene Nossaman and ?Homer Laughlin Decades of Dinnerware? by Bob Page, Dale Frederiksen and Dean Six. The second book has a wider database of Homer Laughlin china patterns and their photos. These books are available in many libraries.
Replacements, Ltd. has an online list of Homer Laughlin Company pattern names, some of which are accompanied by a photo and a pattern number. Both Replacements, Ltd. and the HLCCA also offer assistance in identifying china patterns to customers and suppliers. Requests for pattern identification must be accompanied by photographs of the china.
There are over 20,000 different Homer Laughlin china decorations, but a large number of pattern names and numbers remains unknown, according to the HLCCA. Only a small percentage of this china bears a pattern name, and sometimes, the decoration number only appears on one piece in a set, usually a casserole lid, oval bowl or creamer.Learn more about Antiques
The best way to authenticate a Rosenthal china pattern is by looking for the Rosenthal mark on the back of the china. The mark is on the bottom of a plate or tea cup. The mark design varies by the time produced but is usually a crown with a cross on top and two scepters crossing underneath with "Rosenthal" and the country of manufacture (Germany, Bavaria or U.S. Standard).Full Answer >
Homer Laughlin Georgian china is a style of lightweight china made of clay finished with an ivory glaze. First appearing in 1933, two styles of Georgian china were made: Georgian Ivory and Georgian Eggshell.Full Answer >
Antique Wedgwood china patterns are often from the Queen's Ware selection, which date back to the 18th century. From the 1860s, Wedgwood patterns were designated either "common" or "best."Full Answer >
Noritake china is stamped on the bottom of the piece with the name “Noritake” along with the pattern name. Some older pieces have a four-digit code rather than a pattern name. The company maintains a database that matches these codes to their corresponding pattern names.Full Answer >