Royal Bayreuth Clown PitcherCollectors love pottery and porcelain. Here are the ten most popular pottery and porcelain searches during the month of May at The online price guide at has descriptions and prices for hundreds of different pottery and porcelain companies and types from Abingdon to Zsolnay. And there is a bonus—a description and history of each one. What kinds of pottery and porcelain are collectors looking for the most?

1. Occupied Japan
2. Royal Copley
3. Copeland Spode
4. Royal Bayreuth
5. Wedgwood
6. Bavaria
7. Red Wing
8. Wheeling
9. Shawnee
10. Erphila

There aren’t many books or articles for collectors of Occupied Japan (no. 1) items. The mark appears on ceramics, but the Japanese made hundreds of other products during the years of Allied Occupation, (1945 to 1952). is always a major source for prices.

Royal Copley (no. 2), Red Wing (no. 7), Wheeling (no. 8) and Shawnee (no. 9) are all American makers of pottery or porcelain. Wheeling pottery is hard to find and since glass was made in Wheeling, W. V. as well as pottery, searchers may be looking for Wheeling glass makers too.

Copeland Spode (no. 3) and Wedgwood (no. 5) are two English companies on the Top 10 list. Wedgwood (1759) and Copeland and/or Spode (1833) are names still used today.

Bavaria (no. 6)is a region in southeast Germany where many factories made pottery and porcelain. Collectors look for marks that include the word Bavaria. Royal Bayreuth (no. 4) is marked Bavaria. It was founded in 1794. Collectors are particularly interested in their figural pieces. The red clown water pitcher sold recently for $460 at a Woody auction.

Coming in at no. 10 is Erphila—not a pottery or porcelain maker, but an importer of pottery and porcelain. The Erphila mark is on items imported by Ebeling & Reuss of Philadelphia, a giftware firm founded in 1866 and out of business sometime after 2002. There’s a trick to the name: E(bling) + R(euss) + Phila(delphia) = Erphila.

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