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Your guide to antique pottery marks, porcelain marks and china marks Staffordshire Porcelain Get to know your antique porcelain collectibles by learning to recognise Staffordshire porcelain. Most people have probably heard of Staffordshire Porcelain, and most vintage and antique porcelain collectors are probably familiar with the name. Is it a company name? Is it a style, or type of porcelain? Is it just a region that porcelain comes from? Or could the answer be all of the above?

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Shorter & Son Ltd was still listed as a subsidiary of Crown Devon Ltd in The other Shorter family companies A. J. Wilkinson Ltd and the Newport Pottery Co. Ltd were sold to W. R. Midwinter Ltd by Colley Shorter’s widow Clarice Cliff-Shorter, in

June 26, 9: During that period the company experienced two very distinct peaks in terms of design and output. In Simon Fielding, the owner of a colour mill, bankrolled a group of potters to manufacture majolica, green-glaze wares, toilet wares and fancies. From those rather shaky beginnings, Fieldings rapidly built a business of note, greatly extending the range of products and exploiting market gaps in fancy tablewares, toilet wares, art vases and dinnerwares.

By the turn of the century the company was recognised in the trade press and indeed the marketplace as a leading manufacturer of a vast range of quality products for middle class Britain. Abraham Fielding, son of Simon, is credited with the invention of a gas flow-through biscuit oven that allowed major efficiencies and savings.

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This is usually located on the underside, whether it is a figurine or pottery vase. Most Studio or Art Pottery is unique and rarely reproduced in large quantities unless they were made for utilitarian purposes, such as pottery jugs or ceramic cookware and tableware that are usually branded in the same pattern and perhaps modeled by a particular designer.

The vast majority of ceramics makers’ marks can be classified by the manner they were applied.

Crown Devon lustrine was decorated in more than patterns and two firm favourites were the Mavis bird on a black ground and the Kingfisher bird on a ruby ground.

These are rife and I see them everywhere in shops, markets and antique shows. They can be bought from wholesalers for very little. It is worrying that they are being advertised on E-bay and other outlets as being manufactured in the early ‘s. Please be careful when buying and ask for a receipt stating the date and condition, inexperience can be expensive. The pictures below illustrate some of the designs of the modern imported ware I also shows a sample of the marks used. The sizes vary from 1.

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Both pipe bowl and mark attributed to Barnstaple, Devon manufacture, likely by a group of pipemakers. The actual mark of BARVM differs and there are up to 4 different stamps identified. Pipe bowl shapes with these marks date from

The Shorter business was established by Arthur Shorter in about as a partnership with James Bolton. In Arthur Shorter absented himself from the business to manage of the Burslem company established by his brother-in-law A. In John Shorter also left to join his father and elder brother Arthur C. The Shorter business had various managers from , but in Harry L. Steele was appointed manager, a position he was to hold for the next 30 years.

Steele as the Director-in-Charge. Shorter, son of Guy Shorter, joined the company and was soon after appointed as sales director. The death of Arthur Colley Shorter in early spelled the end for the Shorter companies.

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This item is not for sale, but you will find many that are in our Honiton marks Honiton Pottery Honiton is a beautiful town in Devon. Before the days of motorways it was on the main road from London to Cornwall, and in an ideal situation to attract visiting and passing tourists. Honiton Pottery dates back to , but the early days are not well documented.

Charles Collard set up his pottery in the High Street in

Hole sizes in Pipe Stems – A way of dating? English Pipes: , , In the archaeological studies carried out on clay pipes (and believe me there are many!) mathematical formula’s have been applied to explore the possibilities of dating them by the size of the hole in the stem.

The Japanese have one of the longest continuous ceramic cultures in the world, with the earliest ceramics dating to around 10 BC. Tea ceremony from the 15th century The popularity of the tea ceremony from the 15th century fostered an aesthetic appreciation of ceramics, especially imported Chinese wares, which became valued as works of art. The strong demand for ceramics resulted in a surge of creativity during the Momoyama period , with thousands of kilns developing their own distinct regional characteristics.

High-fired stoneware were central to this tradition. Ri Sampei, the “father” of Japanese porcelain After the Japanese invasions of Korea in and , a number of skilled Korean potters who had learned from the Chinese how to produce fine porcelain, were brought back to Japan. Some of these settled in Arita in northern Kyushu, where they discovered porcelain clay.

One of the Korean porcelain makers was Ri Sampei. He is considered as the “father” of Japanese porcelain. The area became Japan’s major center of porcelain production and its products were also exported from the port of Imari. Late Ming and the Japanese Edo period Due to trade difficulties with China by the end of the Chinese Ming dynasty, and an improved Japanese economy during the Momoyama period , a strong demand for Japanese ceramics resulted in a surge of creativity.

Thousands of kilns developed their own regional style. This is also when we say that the modern Japanese porcelain industry started. Although Japanese porcelain production developed its own styles, the influence of Chinese and Korean porcelain traditions can often and easily be found. Blue and white Arita porcelain was copied on tin glazed earthenware in many places in Europe, of which Dutch Delft faiance is the most famous.

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Simon Fielding born was employed on the Trentham Hall estate in Staffordshire owned by the Duke of Sutherland where he was an authority on dogs and poultry. His son, Abraham born , was apprenticed as a colour maker at the Blythe Colour Works. This factory was acquired by Simon Fielding and his son Abraham was put in charge. The company now traded as S. Simon Fielding provided finance to start three pottery men on a manufacturing career.

The colour pigments were supplied by the Blythe Colour Mill.

Blue lustre with galleon and seabirds, lots of gilded rims and highlights. Made circa Marked “Devon Lustrine, Fielding’s. Stoke-on-Trent, England. Royal George”. Measures about cm high, cm diameter at its widest point, and cm diameter at the top rim. Excellent condition.

If marks are present, they can help in identifying when and where the item was made or used. Types of mark Whereas the marks on silver and gold have always been tightly controlled, there was very little control over the marks used by pewterers. As a result, they vary widely in form and significance. They fall into five broad categories: Because pewter is a soft metal, marks can often get very worn, but even if a touch is too worn to identify, you might nevertheless be able to identify the pewterer from other marks that are present.

Identifying the pewterer There was no central register of pewterers or their marks, so identifying the pewterers and the marks they used is only possible as a result of decades of research, a process that is still ongoing. It supersedes all printed publications on the subject, is being constantly updated and it is only available to members. Join the society and carry the database around with you via your mobile phone or tablet when visiting auctions, antiques fairs and antique shops.

If you only have a couple of pieces, the Society is willing to identify the marks for you if we can. This service is free, but it is not available to dealers nor to individuals if the sole purpose of the identification is to facilitate the sale of the item. Who else used marks? Whilst pewterers sold wares they had made themselves, they would also sometimes buy stock wholesale from other pewterers to add to the range of wares they could offer for sale.

Thus often we cannot be sure whether the pewterer whose marks appear on a piece actually made it or merely sold it.

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In the Brittonic , Devon is known as Welsh: Dewnens, each meaning “deep valleys. William Camden , in his edition of Britannia, described Devon as being one part of an older, wider country that once included Cornwall: THAT region which, according to the Geographers, is the first of all Britaine, and, growing straiter still and narrower, shooteth out farthest into the West, [ One erroneous theory is that the"shire” suffix is due to a mistake in the making of the original letters patent for the Duke of Devonshire , resident in Derbyshire.

However, there are references to"Defenascire” in Anglo-Saxon texts from before AD this would mean"Shire of the Devonians” , [7] which translates to modern English as “Devonshire”.

Devon Ware FIELDING’S Stoke-on-Trent England. MAVIS is the pattern name. c Crown Devon FIELDING’S Stoke-on-Trent England: c Crown Devon FIELDING’S England: c onwards. This style of mark is shown in a trade reference book. CROWN DEVON: The trade name ‘CROWN DEVON’ has been extensively used in the 20th C.

The Art and Archaeology of Clay Pipes A short history of Clay Pipes is presented here along with photographs for your enjoyment and for help in identification. Please note these images are copyright and you should write to me if you wish to use them in your publications. The earliest clay pipes known in England and Europe are generally thought to date from c.

English mariners setting up the first colonies there were introduced to smoking which was cermonial but it was not long before smoking was taken up as a habit by mariners who travelled from port to port around the globe. The site of Historic Jamestown has recovered early examples during archaeological excavations and Sir Walter Raleigh’s Colony at Roanoke Island is one of the places where the clay pipe was seen and recorded by John White. Although the use of tobacco leaves was known by Europeans since the time of Columbus in only small amounts were brought back as an exotic herb for medicinal experimentation at first.

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Thanks to the “date letter” any piece of British sterling silver can be exactly dated. Old Sheffield Plate and Electroplated silver are not subject to this practice and the regulation issued by the authorities had the main objective of preventing possible frauds by unscrupulous sellers of plated ware. The best-known initiative is the prohibition effective from c. Elkington was forced to change its mark in of stamping plated wares with the “crown”, to avoid misunderstanding with the symbol identifying the Sheffield Assay Office.

S. Fielding & Co. Ltd A bright Crown Devon earthenware trio, probably from the late s. Hand- or machine-applied banding such as this was easy to apply and was widely used on utilitarian wares.

Simon Fielding established the business in about Abraham Fielding died in and his son Arthur Ross Fielding took control of the pottery. Arthur Fielding died in and control of the company passed to his son Reginald Ross Fielding. In Donald Kitchener Bailey purchased a share in the Fielding business and joined Reginald Fielding as a joint managing director. Wilkinson companies were dispersed.

Reginald Fielding retired in and his interest in the business was purchased by Donald Bailey. Bailey died in and his widow sold the business in to a Liverpool-based accounting firm, however mounting losses caused the closure of the business in Ltd in May It was sold to the industrial ceramics manufacturer Bullers plc in who auctioned the treasure trove of historic moulds from both the Fielding and Shorter businesses in The historic Crown Devon Pottery was demolished in the same year.

Ltd produced an enormous quantity and range of domestic and ornamental earthenware over the life of the business. The Crown Devon name came into general use in the early s although first use of the name may date from the s. Jugs, vases, plaques and a host of other items were produced.

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The Script mark – This mark and its many variants was in use for more than 60 years. It was printed in blue or black. Latterly, a gold version was placed on some Best Ware. The China mark –

Reply by Peter (admin) To: Crown Staffordshire Pottery Marks – Antique Bone China Query Hi Tina Thanks for the valuation request. Without submitting a photo of the set and especially the Pottery Mark it is very hard to give you any information {Editor’s note: photos subsequently sent in, thank you}.

She is reported to be making “Domestic ware” in Stoneware using a mixture of spray-decorated porcelain and colored inlay decorative details. Apparently, she stopped making Pottery in However, it has been extensively imitated by many Trading companies that import items from Asia, particularly from China. We are puzzled by the fact that there is no country of origin noted on the piece required after Usually, items that are imported from China have a sticker or label to satisfy Customs requirements, which is often lost or removed once the items arrive at their destination market.

Also, because this mark has been applied so sharply and appears very well defined, I am inclined to believe that this is a recent Asian import. Your item is marked with a crude imitation of the original Capo-di-Monte mark, which has been copied over and over again for over three centuries.

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