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The commercial protection of ideas, techniques, and designs emerged with industrial capitalism.
As a leader in the unfolding intellectual, social, political, and economic revolutions of eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, Britain had a long history of extending formal protection to ideas and products.
The alternative formula for soft paste porcelain was first made in Europe by the Medicis in Florence in 1575, and later made in France from the latter part of the 17th C at Rouen.
Then in the 18th C by St Cloud, Mennency, Chantilly, Vincennes and Sevres.
What few people are aware of is that it’s not just the name of the company such as moorcroft, rookwood, worcester or doulton that may be there, but also a number of other things used by the manufacturer, designer or artists and placed in or around the mark itself. The company name itself only gives the appraiser a rough timeline of when the company was known to operate.
Other factors such as the colour of the mark, how it’s applied or the numbered codes within the design can often date a piece to the exact year it was produced and tell you where or who the specific artist was.
For example, if you think your piece was made in Germany click on "Germany" to find free links and information about German backstamps.
Pottery marks are the fingerprints of the antique pottery world, and after more than seven years of selling online, we have built up a considerable collection of photos of real pottery marks.
But, even without refering to a list of manufacturers antique marks there are a few basics on china marks that you can commit to memory to help you date most antiques.
A textbook example of early industrial capitalism was the nineteenth century British pottery industry.
While the early focus of protection was on technique and product, after 1842, English potters could also register their designs or patterns with the Patent Office and then impress or print the registry designation upon a vessel. First, it provided the producer with some design protection even though English potters were notorious in their "adaptations" of the patterns of others.
Click on any on of the pottery marks below to access a free illustrated guide to the backstamps and marks used by that pottery.
All the examples in this section are photos of real pieces, sometimes showing the imperfections and variations often seen on antique pottery.
The name of the pottery manufacturer and an approximate date of manufacture can be discovered if the piece of pottery has a backstamp or the silver item has a hallmark.