Guide to Mid-Century Dishware

Thanks so much Peacock Modern for mentioning the group in your blog. It’s a g Jeffpyrex, I was going to ask you this through mail but I figured it would be a good discussion for this group I was wondering what everyone uses in order to decipher the date codes on the bottom of restaurantware items from popular manufacturers. However, I think someone mentioned that a few of the Syracuse dates and other manufacturers ones may be off or incorrect on the pages. Is this true, and secondly are there other places online that also list date codes for manufacturers? Also, I’m a newbie is it possible to date Buffalo china items at all? I would expect the RWCN pages to be correct, knowing the folks there. They’re very critical of errors in the Syracuse date system in one of the Kovels books. As for Buffalo China pieces, Barbara Conroy sites 5 different dating systems. Volume 2 is getting hard to find and the publisher does not plan another printing.

Porcelain and Pottery Maker’s Marks II (1700’s – 1980’s …

Jensen, pub. Out of Print. English, Japanese, American Willow photos and marks as well as a few pieces made in other countries. List of known makers found by the author.

Posts about syracuse china marks written by inthevintagekitchen. Ms. Jeannie’s most beloved ironstone pottery platter dating to

As every archaeologist knows for every hour you spend in the field, you can expect to spend 4 hours in the lab. This has proven true for our recent field school excavations. A fruitful 5 week field school this past summer has left us with hours and hours of lab work. One of the most common pottery types we found during our excavations of the Gunson site was green striped Onondaga Pottery Company Syracuse China.

The company was initially founded as Farrar Pottery , and changed hands a number of times until it became the Onondaga Pottery Company in Onondaga Pottery Company quickly built a reputation for having high quality earthenware. Later, their shift to semi-vitreous China made them a nationally renowned pottery company.

Their non-crackle guarantee during this time the glaze on most American made pottery would crack, leaving marks across the product made them the first pottery company in the US to carry such a warranty. Before this partnership Onondaga produced only plain white China. James Pass, the son of Richard Pass the previous superintendent, grew up studying pottery. James studied analytical chemistry at Syracuse University in order to understand and overcome the problems in pottery manufacturing.

The development of Syracuse China made the Onondaga Company what it is today. The company found an intense market for Syracuse China in places like hotels, restaurants, and railroad companies. Taking the history of the Onondaga Pottery Company a.

Directory of China & Dinnerware Tableware Patterns

When attempting to match a backstamp with a date , take a few minutes to read through all the charts below before latching onto one that seems to fit. At first glance the repetitive series of numbers and letters can seem confusing, but we hope the following tables with simple explanations will help you date your pieces with ease. There are a few things you will need to know to date your items. A simplified but not complete marks guide would be: O.

Items marked with “Corp” or “Corporation” date post

Unknown OP Co Syracuse china plate If I’m reading that date code correctly (I-​11), then this plate dates to November , earlier than the dates given above.

Back in the glory days of over-the-rails passenger transportation, railroad companies strove to create an atmosphere of luxury aboard their trains. Railroads did use heavy dishes, but also purchased fine porcelain, including high-end Bavarian and French Limoges — depending on how it was to be used. Two railroad china collector books will help as much learning how to avoid fakes as they do with learning about authentic patterns.

Both are out of print, but can be found on the internet and used book seller sites. To have one of them is essential; to have both is far better. While they complement each other in many ways, one or the other sometimes offers more in-depth comments on a subject.

Why all the fuss about the Onondaga Pottery Co.?

First produced in for the railroad’s th anniversary, Centenary china has a number of characteristics that make it especially attractive to collectors:. From its inception, Centenary china was extremely popular with travelers and was even sold to the public. The practice of selling to the public was discontinued during W. Every piece it had was needed in dining car service.

Also, (I’m a newbie) is it possible to date Buffalo china items at all? They’re very critical of errors in the Syracuse date system in one of the Kovels It’s Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay.

History of Adams China:. Some sources describe William Adams as a favorite pupil of Josiah Wedgwood, but it is well known that in the s, Adams began production of Jasper wares to rival that of Wedgwood’s. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Adams was a leading manufacturer of earthenwares, Parian creamware, and Jasper wares.

Many patterns, such as the popular Singapore Bird, show considerable Oriental influence with their pale green Calyx glazes recreating the celadon glazes of ancient Chinese dynasties. Adams Ironstone, with its timeless appeal, is characterized by a lovely handpainted style that highlights its shapes and colors.

In , Adams china became part of the Wedgewood group and Adams tableware continues to appeal to casual and fine china lovers alike. History of Coalport China:. Quality and craftsmanship have been the hall marks of Coalport since the firm was founded in the mid-eighteenth century. They have earned for Coalport a distinguished reputation which is respected everywhere. Today a studio of highly qualified designers produces patterns and ceramic models which continue to delight all those who cherish the highest standards.

These artists are sometimes inspired by ideas in Coalport’s beautiful and rare old pattern books which date back to the eighteenth century. The result is the singular continuity of ideas so beloved by Coalport admirers. In these old books can be found the original drawings for “Hong Kong”, which is as popular now as it was more than years ago.

Syracuse China

With patterns boasting eye-catching colors and clever atomic-inspired themes that are so now, these dishes can be as cool to use in your home as they are to hunt down affordably at estate sales and thrift shops. Although it was first introduced in the s, several new colors were added to the line in the s to satisfy demand from Mid-Century consumers. Medium green was introduced in Harlequin is another Homer Laughlin pattern originally launched in the s.

This pattern looks similar to Fiesta and was made in many of the same colors, but these dishes have a plain band around the rims and handles that resemble triangles on the lids and cups. Their popular Apple and Desert Rose patterns have been in production for literally decades.

Quality and craftsmanship have been the hall marks of Coalport since the firm was by ideas in Coalport’s beautiful and rare old pattern books which date back to Today, Syracuse China stands as the largest commercial pottery complex in.

The city, at most, is a complicated love affair offering you treasures in the form of new favorites…restaurants, boutiques, coffee houses, galleries, apartments, friends, jobs… you lose your heart, you fall in love, you grow to need them and then one day they are gone. To Ms. Such is the case with the whimsical vintage china and kitchen shop, Fishs Eddy , located at Broadway and 19th street.

Like her brother, Ms. Jeannie was smitten right away. So how does one such store manage to make it in one of the toughest cities in the world for more than 25 years? Jeannie caught up with Julie to discuss all aspects of selling china in New York City.

Collecting Railroad China Dinnerware

Collectors of commercial or restaurant dishware use the backstamp on the bottom of plates, teacups and saucers to determine the age of a piece. Because the marks made by the pottery company often changed by production years, these marks can help to identify the age of the china. It operated in Syracuse until closing.

Late 19th and Early 20th Century (ss) US Navy Fine China France using their various marks and imported by the James M. Barth Co of New York by US manufacturer “O.P.C.O. Syracuse China” with an production date.

Our extensive Shenango China Archival Collection is one of the largest in the world. Please visit our museum and admire the beauty and fine craftsmanship of Shenango chinaware or explore the massive collection. Ahead of the throng is an auctioneer. We are at the sale of Shenango China, the equipment, buildings, and grounds. As we walked through the plant, it was impossible not to feel the presence of the men and women who had worked in the plant during its year history.

You pictured the lines of print hanging in the Print Shop waiting for a fine craftsperson to place it on the ware as it began its journey. Walking by the kilns, through the Decorating Department, Gold Room, Design Department, everywhere were ghosts, and the sounds of working people making something not only beautiful but useful. It was a product that touched the lives of heads of states and ordinary people.

A point of pride.

Dating and Understanding Chinese Porcelain and Pottery