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How can you tell if an antique china is unmarked?
Tips for Determining Type
- Hold the china up to the light. According to Noritake, bone china will be significantly more translucent than other types of porcelain.
- Examine the color. Noritake also notes that the color of bone china tends to be more ivory than white.
- Listen to the piece.
How can you tell if porcelain is unmarked?
Unmarked pottery can be identified by the size, weight, color, and flowers on the piece. Each of these requires a proper examination to identify even if it’s unmarked. Also, consult the service of a professional in the field who can help you identify the piece.
What does the number on the bottom of china mean?
These numbers indicated the year the china was produced. Look for the words “Royal Arms” or “Royal” in the manufacturer’s name. The words “Royal Arms” were not used until after 1800.
What is the purpose of a tea saucer?
The saucer is useful for protecting surfaces from possible damage due to the heat of a cup, and to catch overflow, splashes, and drips from the cup, thus protecting both table linen and the user sitting in a free-standing chair who holds both cup and saucer.
How can you tell when a tea set was made?
Examine writing on the bottom of the tea set. If there are handwritten marks, the tea set is made before the 1800s, before stamping was used. If the tea set has a stamped logo, lettering and/or numbers that are not blue, the set was made after 1850.
When did the first tea set come out?
If there are handwritten marks, the tea set is made before the 1800s, before stamping was used. If the tea set has a stamped logo, lettering and/or numbers that are not blue, the set was made after 1850.
Who are the owners of Moorcroft pottery marks?
The range of Moorcroft Pottery marks begins with William Moorcroft’s time at the MacKintyre pottery and covers the 100 year history of design and ownership by William, his son Walter Moorcroft, other more current owners and marks of artists and designers from the Moorcroft Design Studio. Click an image to open the full Moorcroft Marks Section.
Where are tea sets made in the world?
Tea sets are made all over the world. Some companies built a reputation on designing beautifully elegant pieces that are to be cherished by any collector and can be worth a large amount of money if they remain in good condition. Analyze where the tea set was made.