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    1. This is a mark from a Staffordshire Pottery in Burslem, ‘Barret’s of Staffordshire Ltd’ This mark dates from 1945 onwards.

  1. Although I have both volumes of Barbara J Conroy’s “Restaurant China, and I’ve been to RWCN to check, (as well as all over the net) I have so far been unable to find any information concerning impressed marks used by Scammell. I looked at a piece of plain white ware, slightly impressed with 1st line) Scammell, 2nd line) China, 3rd line) USNavy. I collect various types of military dinnerware, (mostly top-marked insignia) but this is a plain white ware, and I do know that all or most of the World War 2 years of production for Scammell was devoted to the war effort (or so I have read). I am assuming that the piece of which I speak was most likely produced at least in the early to mid forties, but I would like to know for sure. Thanks in advance for any light you might be able to shed on this.

    1. Hi, I have spent some weeks on this, off and on. I really think we have both exhausted all the possibilities.
      I just have a feeling that it could be as late as the 50s. Sorry we couldn’t have been of more help.

    1. Hi, This mark was used on Hummel type copies from Japan. They were good copies and usually say Japan underneath the mark. They were not pretending to be real Hummel, so not legally classed as fakes. From around the 1950s – 60s and manufactured to fill the ‘look alike’ collectors market at the time.

  2. there is a very old looking porcelain 5″ vase/pin holder blue on white background and fairly thin walled with a mark on the bottom not unlike those line drawings of seagulls with a dot where the lines cross (no letters)

    1. There are so many ‘Meissen’ lookalike crossed sword marks from the 18C right up until now. Even with a good photo it remains difficult, the whole world wanted to emulate and be thought as good as Meissen. There is a mark like this that ‘Bow’ used but sorry just too many to define.

    1. I’ve spent some time on this but found nothing to match. If it is impressed it is likely to be the initials of the potter or the pottery from a small studio. If it is hand painted on porcelain it could be very old. If it is a printed mark it is likely to be from a mass production factory. I really need lots of photos of the item and the mark.

  3. maybe it’s me but the directions to search a mark with ‘search bar’ i’m not finding any such bar. even at the home entry page. have you seen a figurine mark 3part cloth crown with dots around it and large letter S with two small slashes in it’s middle (not long slashes like a dollar sign) — likely germany/austria. good quality. cant find it so far in my searches.

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