New Handbook of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks

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9780091865801: New Handbook of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks

Geoffrey Godden's Handbook is the standard pocket reference for amateurs and professionals alike -- the authoritative guide to identifying British ceramics. Continuously in print since 1968, it has now been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to incorporate the latest research on historic porcelain manufacturers and potters. The main section covers the principal firms: the marks used by each firm, their address, working period, and the dates of each mark. In addition, the Handbook records over 700 combinations of initials known to have been used by the listed potters, including their working periods, and full details on 900 Staffordshire potters. A new listing of pattern and shape registrations from 1842 to 1883 has been added, along with guidance on the collectibility of the main types. Anyone interested in British ceramics will find this new edition invaluable -- compact, handy, and packed with the latest essential information. Geoffrey Godden is the leading authority on British ceramics.

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A revised edition of Godden's classic guide, updated in the light of recent research on historic porcelain manufacturers and potters. It aims to give all pre-1900 manufacturers' marks, over 700 potters' marks, and in addition, the pattern and shape registration codes from 1842-83.

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This compact book will prove a useful companion for anyone who enjoys browsing around junk shops, antique fairs or car boot sales in search of bargains. Small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket, it is crammed with valuable information to help you identify collectable British porcelain and pottery.

In the introduction Geoffrey Godden gives basic guidelines to help date ceramics with a fair degree of accuracy and also tells you how to spot likely fakes. This is followed by a pictorial glossary of the different types of British ceramics produced from the 17th century onwards.

The body of the book is an alphabetical listing of the main collectable pottery and porcelain marks with concise descriptions and illustrations of the various marks employed by each manufacturer at different times. The list of Potters' Initial Marks and chronological listing of Registered Designs which complete the book are intended to help the reader understand some of the more obscure markings that are sometimes found on ceramics.

Before using this book in the field, familiarise yourself with how it works by checking out the china cupboard at home--who knows what treasures you will uncover? --Stephanie Donaldson

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