Q: I have a beautiful Newcomb vase from the 1920s. It has a raised mark on the bottom that looks like the letter “N” over the letter “C.” The points of the “N” extend slightly beyond the “C.”
A: This isn’t a Newcomb Pottery vase. Although Newcomb Pottery used a similar ”NC” mark, it’s different from the mark on your vase. The Newcomb Pottery mark is a “C” with an “N” inside. The mark “N” on your vase is slightly larger than the “C.” Most Newcomb Pottery pieces were also incised with the artist’s initials, and date letter codes were printed on pieces made from 1901 to 1941. Newcomb Pottery made art pottery with matte finish and simple decorations, not vases with 3-dimensional figures. Your vase looks Victorian and was probably made by a European pottery.