Using Identification Marks: What’s a Rd. Number?
There are several ways to place an estimated date of production for factory-made pieces of pottery or porcelain. Some involve the marks used by the […]
Furniture Labels: Telling the Makers, Retailers and Associations Apart
Furniture making in America in the 19th century ranged from the small shop, like that of Duncan Phyfe in downtown New York at the turn […]
Collecting Wares Made in Post-WWII ‘Occupied Japan’
When I was a boy I collected postage stamps. That was it. Stamps. They could be from any country, any time period and depicting any […]
Pseudo Silver Hallmarks and What They Really Mean
One thing that confuses novice collectors more than anything else is “silverware,” a term that one would think implied the item was indeed constructed of […]
Dating Mexican Silver
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.
Fake Porcelain Marks: Recognizing Forged or imitation Marks on Ceramics
Identifying porcelain is more than just “reading” a mark. It involves careful consideration of many elements to confirm correct age and authenticity.
There are thousands of Porcelain marks and even experienced collectors and antiques dealers can have difficulty in determining whether an item is new, and avoid costly mistakes.
Identifying Marks On British Sterling
Here is a cute British sterling vinaigrette circa 1818. It was made by John Shaw under the reign of George IV. How do we know this?
The hallmarks on this piece are the keys to identity.