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The Appraiser’s Roadmap: Navigating the World of Marks (12/27/11)
Tiffany markMany might wonder, when watching appraisers on the “Antiques Roadshow,” just how they can determine so much information by simply … More >>


Using Identification Marks: What’s a Kite Mark? Part II (12/19/11)
diamond2aTwo different Kite/Diamond marks were used to identify various patterns that were registered in the United Kingdom, the first set—used … More >>


Using Identification Marks: What’s a Kite Mark? Part I (12/12/11)
kitemark1There are several ways to place an estimated date of production for factory-made pieces of pottery or porcelain: some involve … More >>


Using Identification Marks: What’s a Rd. Number? (11/21/11)
RdnonumberThere are several ways to place an estimated date of production for factory-made pieces of pottery or porcelain. Some involve … More >>


Furniture Labels: Telling the Makers, Retailers and Associations Apart (4/13/10)
This metal emblem was used by members of the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild, beginning in 1931, to certify each individual piece of furniture by number as having been made by a Guild member.Furniture making in America in the 19th century ranged from the small shop, like that of Duncan Phyfe in downtown … More >>


Kutani Ceramics: Warmth with Technical Complexity (2/25/10)
A pair of sake cups with rare Tomobako by Shimizu Bizan.Kutani ceramics didn’t appeal to me at first. They seemed a little gaudy, ornate, the opposite of the type of … More >>


Collecting Wares Made in Post-WWII ‘Occupied Japan’ (7/7/09)
MIOJ black ink stamp. The color is not significant and has no bearing on the value of the item. The unevenness of the letters is typical and appears in nearly all OJ marks.When I was a boy I collected postage stamps. That was it. Stamps. They could be from any country, any time … More >>


Pseudo Silver Hallmarks and What They Really Mean (2/13/09)
A genuine English HallmarkOne thing that confuses novice collectors more than anything else is “silverware,” a term that one would think implied the … More >>


Discover The Mark Others Miss on Valuable Pottery and Art Glass (11/19/08)
a425f4ef5e152a00b0981370d47ed2c7If you can’t see a mark on a piece of fine pottery or art glass, that doesn’t mean it isn’t … More >>


Dating Mexican Silver (10/1/08)
A Sterling Silver Bracelet & Earrings Set with Obsidian & Onyx stones, some in the form of Aztec faces, marked with simple pre-1940s Mexico’s tradition of magnificent silverwork dates as far back as the 1530s. Mexico has abundant deposits of precious metals, so it was natural that a thriving jewelry and hollowware market would evolve there. But establishing authenticity, purity and age – especially for vintage and antique pieces – can be challenging. More >>


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