Belleek Creamer & open sugar lotus pattern 2nd black mark 1841-1926- RARE

This auction is for an old Belleek creamer and open sugar set in the lotus pattern with a yellow lustre interior. They have the 2nd Black Mark also known as First Period Black mark indicating it was made between 1841 and 1926. There is a miniscule chip/flake next to the handle on the left side where handle meets body. Very small and hard to photograph. Great old pair!2nd Mark 1891-1926 - First Period Black Mark

Second Black Mark - 1891 - 1926 The Second mark used from 1891- 1926 reflects the addition of a ribbon surrounding the lower half of the design for the first mark on which appears the words "CO FERMANAGH IRELAND" The change in the trademark occurred in 1891 in compliance with the 1891 Mc Kinley Tariff Act and the 1887 British Merchandise Act as amended in 1891,requiring the country of origin to be specified on the article. The mark is black. Wherever impressed marks were used, particularly with figurines the word "IRELAND" is added. Sometimes discolouration or fading is seen in this mark. Although it is not definite why this occurred, it is likely that this product was made during the First World War when materials were difficult to acquire and inferior materials were used.

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