But, it's the methods that you use that will determine whether you find what you are looking for or having a piece of pottery remain a mystery. Here are some techniques that I use Use various, descriptive search terms in different search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. This may seem obvious but "green bowl" won't yield nearly the useful results as "green antique pottery bowl identification" or "antique pottery black drip glaze bowl".
Search your piece using as many different phrases as you can think of.
Use the images link on the search engines after finding a good search phrase. You can then scroll through related pictures and perhaps see your exact piece. After narrowing down who you think may have created it, by reading the Identifying American Pottery above browse websites about the manufacturers, keeping an eye out for similar pieces or characteristics. Some sites will even have copies of original catalogs that the companies where offering their pottery for sale in.
Canadian Pottery Identification, Canadian Pottery Makers, Marks & More
Keep a folder of links, or favorites list, of sites that contain allot of information, or that you find particularly useful. Assuredly, this will save time and effort in the future. Maybe they have already done the leg work and the answer is in their description? Put pictures on antique pottery forums and communities asking for assistance in identifying your pottery.
Chances are, if you put it out there at enough places, someone will be able to help. In addition to searching the Internet, the local library is a great resource.
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Often times a visit to the libraries' antique pottery reference section will provide you with an answer. Purchasing a reference section of your own is also very helpful. Price guides and manufacturer specific books will help familiarize yourself with pottery in general. If you keep reading and searching, being relatively sure who made something will become second nature. Another place that you may find information is at a local auction house.
Since they see a wide variety of items on a regular basis, I've found that they are usually pretty knowledgeable. These hard to find stamps add even more value to the piece. Bottom Markings.
Auctioneers and Appraisers
Some of the earlier stoneware pieces were bottom marked as well, adding additional value to the item. Around , salt glaze was replaced by a creamy colored zinc glaze and the hand drawn cobalt designs gave way to stamped designs. The first two stamps to be used where the Elephant Ear and the Birch Leaf pictured below.
They were stamped as single pairs or double pairs. With the use of stamps, it became much easier to identify a crock as Red Wing. Around , the elephant ear and birch leaf stamps were replaced with the now familiar red wing stamp which was used until the pottery plant closed in You can ignore the number at the bottom of the diamond - this tells us how many items were included in the registration, sometimes known as bundles or packages.
From the other numbers and letters we can work out the date of the registration. Exception Notes: In the letter R was used during September, and during the letter K was used for December. First of all make sure there is a letter in the right hand corner as shown below:- If there is a number then the mark is You can ignore the number at the right hand corner of the diamond - this tells us how many items were included in the registration, sometimes known as bundles or packages. Exception notes: From March , W was used for the year in place of D ; and G was used for the month in place of W.
From March , W was used for the year in place of D ; and G was used for the month in place of W. The Registered Number, usually written as Rd on the piece of pottery, gives the date when that design was registered to prevent copying, but it could have been made at any time later than that date. The table below gives the year and the registration numbers issued during that year - for example any Rd number from to was issued in A representation is a sample, picture, photograph or sketch of the registered design.
The registers of designs include the allocated registered number, usually the name and the address of the owner of the design who was not necessarily the designer , and the quantity of items registered, known as the bundle or parcel.