Old English Staffordshire pottery is antique earthenware from the Staffordshire region in central England. The Staffordshire ceramics that most collectors are familiar with today come from the 18th century when the bottle kilns of the region were used to craft fine dinnerware and fanciful figurines.Know More
It's the geography of Staffordshire, and the thick layers of clay just below the surface of the ground, that has made it a center for slipware and other types of lead-glazed earthenware. The clay was so readily available that potters routinely dug clay directly out of the roads, thus giving us the origins of the phrase “pot hole.” Coal to fire the bottle kilns was also plentiful in the northern part of the district. Potter John Astbury is often credited with starting the popularity of Staffordhire pottery when he discovered that adding heated ground-flint powder to the local reddish clay could create a more palatable white- or cream-colored ware.
The railway distribution of pottery products from the 1840s was a boon for potters who wanted to sell their wares, and there was a considerable increase in business. Potteries active in the 19th century and are still active today include Aynsley, Burleigh, Doulton, Dudson, Minton, Moorcroft, Twyford and Wedgwood.Learn more about Antiques
As of July 2014, two basic Royal Bayreuth pottery marks have been in use since 1968. One mark features an artist's palette with the words "Tettau Atelier," and the other mark has two lions holding a banner in between them with a "T" on the banner and the words "Royal Bayreuth Bavaria" surrounding the lions. Royal Bayreuth porcelain has been made since 1794 in Tettau, Bavaria, Germany.Full Answer >
Identify Delft pottery by looking at the markings. For instance, Royal Delft vases made after 1876 have a De Porcelain Fles factory mark and a maker's mark. The maker's mark is a JT, underneath which reads the word Delft accompanied by the date code, artist's initials and style number.Full Answer >
Blue Mountain Pottery is most commonly identified by the stylized or cursive "BMP" mark with the word "Canada" underneath. Other marks include a design with three coniferous trees on it with the word "Canada" underneath. Blue Mountain Pottery is also marked by stickers and hangtags, the latter of which comes on non-dishware pieces such as animals.Full Answer >
The most accurate way to identify a fake Weller pottery mark is to compare it to the photographs in a reference guide. Some pieces of Weller pottery have marks stamped in ink, while others are painted over the glaze or embossed into the pottery itself.Full Answer >