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  • American Pottery

    The word "ceramics" refers to items made from clay and fired in a kiln. In most American pottery, look at the bottom first for information. You may be the owner of a valuable piece of porcelain or pottery, and the cryptic symbol on the underside of the piece may be your only clue to its value.

     

     

     

     

  • Cut Glass

    The American Brilliant Period for cut glass spanned about 40 years to the end of World War I. Here are some marks used by companies that made cut glass during the American Brilliant Period.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Dating Disney Toys

    Mickey Mouse was introduced in a cartoon in 1928. The first endorsed merchandise was a 1929 school tablet. Disney toys have been made in recent years and the registered marks tell they are reproductions. These marks are taken from actual toys.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Indian Jewelry

    Authentic American Indian hand-made silver jewelry sells for high prices, but buyers should beware because some of the jewelry sold as “Indian” is mass-produced imitation jewelry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Modern Stainless Steel Flatware

    Modern stainless steel flatware looks good on the table and is very salable. These wonderful designs are mostly from the 1950s and 1960s.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • More American Dinnerware

    We get lots of mail asking about American dinnerware - how to identify the maker, pattern, age, and value. The mark on the bottom of the dishes helps provide the answers.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Steuben Glass

    Steuben Glass Works was founded in Corning, New York, in 1903 by Frederick Carder (1863-1963) and T.G. Hawkes Sr.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Nippon Marks
    Nippon

    Ceramics marked Nippon were created by many different Japanese manufacturers from 1891 to 1921. Pieces that are marked sell for more than unmarked pieces, but not all pieces made during the Nippon era are marked. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • Fiesta Dinnerware

    Fiesta dinnerware was introduced by the Homer Laughlin China Co. in 1936. Here are some of the marks found on Fiesta dishes.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Royal Doulton

    Royal Doulton traces its beginnings to 1815, when John Doulton partnered with Martha Jones and John Watts to form Jones, Watts and Doulton in Lambeth, England. Here are some 20th century marks used on Royal Doulton.

     

     

     

     

     

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