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SUMMARY - The ten most searched pottery and porcelain categories on during May 2012 include some unexpected winners. The online price guide on has descriptions and prices for hundreds of different pottery and porcelain companies and types. The top ten list represents pieces made in the England, Germany, the United States and Japan.

CLEVELAND – June 5, 2012 - The ten most popular pottery and porcelain searches during the month of May 2012 on are:Royal Bayreuth Red Clown Water Pitcher

1.      Occupied Japan

2.      Royal Copley

3.      Copeland Spode

4.      Royal Bayreuth

5.      Wedgwood

6.      Bavaria

7.      Red Wing

8.      Wheeling

9.      Shawnee Pottery

10.  Erphila

There aren't many books or articles for collectors of Occupied Japan (no. 1) items so an online search is important. The mark appears on ceramics, but the Japanese also made and marked other collectibles of wood or metal during the Allied Occupation (1945 to 1952). is a major source for prices and information.

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. searchers may be looking for Wheeling glass makers too.

Copeland Spode (no. 3) and Wedgwood (no. 5) are two English companies. Wedgwood (1759) and Copeland and/or Spode (1833) are names still used as trademarks on ceramics.

Bavaria (no. 6) is a region in southeast Germany where many factories make pottery and porcelain. Collectors look for pottery and porcelain marked with the word Bavaria. Royal Bayreuth (no. 4) is also marked Bavaria and is the best known Bavarian company. It was founded in 1794. Collectors are particularly interested in their figural pieces such as the  red clown water pitcher sold recently for $460 at a Kansas auction.

Number 10 is Erphila, not a manufacturer, but an importer of modern pottery, porcelain and more in the 1950s. The Erphila mark was used by Ebeling & Reuss of Philadelphia, a giftware firm founded in 1866 and out of business after 2002. There's a trick to the name: E(bling) + R(euss) + Phila(delphia) = Erphila.

Collectors find prices and descriptions of over 866,000 pieces in the FREE online price guide at The online price guide includes descriptions and prices for hundreds of different pottery and porcelain companies from Abingdon to Zsolnay.


Terry Kovel has written over 100 books about collecting, including the best-selling annual price book, "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide." The 2012 guide is in bookstores now. Terry publishes a subscription newsletter and writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in more than 150 newspapers and digital publications. She and her late husband Ralph starred in the weekly HGTV program, "Flea Market Finds with the Kovels." The Kovels website,, now offers more than 866,000 free prices and other information for collectors, including books, special reports, a weekly emailed letter to collectors, marks and an archive of other informative material. The Kovel brand is run by Terry Kovel and her daughter, Kim Kovel.

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