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Identifying Age and Makers – The Basics

Quick Pointers for dating British pottery and porcelain:- 1) when a piece is clearly marked in English with its country of origin then it was almost certainly made after 1891. The word “England” on its own suggests that the piece was marked after the 1891 McKinley Tariff Act (a few pieces were marked in anticipation of trade restrictions – but almost all are post 1880) 2) Pieces marked with “Made in England” tend to indicate that they were made after the First World War. 3) “Registered Numbers” (Reg, Reg’d) appear in the mid to late 1880s. 4) “Trade Mark” and “Ltd” appear most commonly on china made after 1860 5) The word “Royal” on a piece suggests that it is likely to be Victorian, as does the diamond registration mark. 6) Royal Coats of Arms are occasionally late Georgian but, more commonly, Victorian. So, what about the pieces with registration

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Chinese Reign Marks

Collecting old chinese pottery and porcelain is not as expensive as some might have you believe. For example in Spain there is a love of Blue and White that spans generations and cultures. You can find pieces in most places that you look and many will be chinese. However, whilst very old and splendid pieces might horribly expensive, small pieces can still be bought with a limited budget – if you have the enthusiasm to look. The two rules to remember are 1) Having a mark on the bottom, like the reign marks in the picture for this article,  does not mean that it really dates from that period. 2) Having no mark at all does not mean that it is valueless, just that the piece did not need to be stamped to sell – so was probably not intended for export. So what does the reign mark on Chinese

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