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Meissen Marks

Not all blue crossed swords marks are genuine Meissen marks.

Knowing what to look for and the dates that are relevant to each Meissen mark can help you avoid buying imitation Meissen porcelain.

You should remember that the marks detailed below are mostly drawn by hand and that slight variations in the format occur and the mark only supports the source and doesn’t testify to it.

The true test of an antique Meissen porcelain piece is always the overall quality of the object and the quality of the decoration.

The Meissen Blue Crossed Swords and Augustus Rex marks.

1723-1725 — Original kpm mark with blue crossed swords beneath. 1825-1924 — blue crossed swords mark with curved handles
1725-1732 — Original blue crossed swords mark with curved crosspieces and handles. 1924-1934 — blue crossed swords mark with dot between top of blades.
1732-1773 — Dot period blue crossed swords mark with dot between crosspieces. 1945-1947 — blue crossed swords mark with crescent below.
1773-1814 — Marcolini period blue crossed swords mark with asterix below or between crosspieces. 1947-1973 — blue crossed swords mark with straight crosspieces.
1814-1824 — blue crossed swords mark with straight hilts and vertical bar below 1974 — blue crossed swords mark with meissen name in logotype script below.

Meissen incised marks, rather than underglaze, used on biscuit porcelain and white glazed porcelain:

— incised mark on biscuit porcelain.

— incised mark on white glazed porcelain.


Art Pottery Value Guide

We are actively seeking quality art pottery consignments. We are most interested in American art pottery made between 1880 and 1920. We have a list of more than 30 makers whose pottery can be valuable. The list if not comprehensive of all of the makers we handle. It covers most of the major art potteries that are considered collectible. The factors that affect values are typically size, color, style, and rarity. Our guide should help you determine if your pottery falls into the good, better, or best category. Please contact us to learn about our 0% consignment rates. MGarrett@ManifestAuctions.com

Arequipa Art Pottery

Arequipa Pottery was located in Fairfax, California. It operated between 1911 and 1918. Arequipa is collectible and popular today because the famous ceramicist Frederick Hurton Rhead briefly worked there and made some exceptional vases. Your typical Arequipa vase is worth a few hundred dollars. The best of the best can be worth closer to $10,000. These especially valuable vases should have raised squeeze-bag decoration. They should also be relatively tall and having some color never hurts.

Brouwer Art Pottery

Theophilus Brouwer is one of the few independent studio potters included in our guide. He worked out of Long Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. was a potter who worked out of Long Island, New York in the early 20th century. His pottery is popular because of the open firing technique. The best Brouwer vases have flame whipped glazes that create some really spectacular coloring. Brouwer pottery is very rare today. Most pieces sell for between $500 and $4,000 at auction.

Dedham Art Pottery

Dedham pottery was a three generation operation out of Chelsea and then Dedham, MA. Hugh Robertson founded the company then his son William, and then grandson Milton Robertson ran the factory. The best Dedham vases are known for their rich red and green volcanic vases. It is really all about the glaze. Size is not very important. Really great Dedham vases are few and far between. They can sell for between $2,000 and $5,000 at auction. Less interesting pots are worth a few hundred dollars.

Susan Frackelton Art Pottery

Most Susan Stuart Goodrich Frackelton pottery will look very similar to the vase we are showing in our guide. Frackelton pottery is rare and closely followed by specialists today. Frackelton was instrumental in teaching a generation of china decorators. She also invented a gas oven that could be used in the home. Her pottery is special today because it is just decorated with a blue glaze on plain earthenware, yet it is still beautiful. Most pieces are worth thousands of dollars.

Fulper Art Pottery

Fulper pottery created tens of thousands of pieces of pottery starting in 1899 in New Jersey. The large majority of Fulper pottery is relatively common an inexpensive. Most pieces retail for between $50 and $300. The best pieces are large shouldered vases and showpieces with exceptional glazes. We should also mention that Fulper lamps are very popular. A good lamp could be worth more than $10,000. Please contact us if you need exact value information.

Grand Feu Art Pottery

Grand Feu operated out of Los Angeles between 1912 and 1917. The supply of Grand Feu is very limited today and the best pieces are hotly contested at auction. It is not unusual for vases with exceptional glazes and eye appeal to sell for more than $10,000. Most Grand Feu vases have a dark metallic or green glaze. Grand Feu benefits greatly from being rare and from having been located in California. The vases alone are not extraordinary the history surrounding them makes them desirable.

Grueby Art Pottery

Grueby, named after its founder William Henry Grueby, is one of the most celebrated pottery manufacturers from the arts and crafts era. Your typical Grueby vase is in an organic (usually vegetal) form with a matte green glaze. The absolute best Grueby vases can be worth in excess of $10,000. However, there is a much larger supply of vases worth a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Grueby tiles and lamp bases are also collectible and occasionally rare.

Hampshire Art Pottery

Hampshire pottery was founded by James Scollay Taft and it was located in Keene, New Hampshire. Hampshire pots are not as valuable as many other similar vases made during the same time period. Prices struggle because many Hampshire vases lack that original touch and flare that many other art and crafts vases have. Great Hampshire vases typically won’t be worth more than about $2,000. Their standard vase has a green glaze and typically sells for a few hundred dollars at auction.

Marblehead Art Pottery

If you like arts and crafts pottery then you have to love Marblehead. The history behind Marblehead is fascinating. The best news is that the best Marblehead vases can be worth more than $10,000. If you don’t have that kind of money to spend then there are plenty of vases that are worth less than $2,000. The difference between the two price points usually comes down to size, carving, color, and age. Early, tall, colorful, and carved pots with eye appeal bring the most money.

Merrimac Art Pottery

Merrimac pottery produced arts and crafts vases between 1902 and 1908 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The company was operated by T.S. Nickerson. There is no one word to sum up Merrimac pottery. Lots of different colors and shapes were used. There isn’t a signature look or style that commands the most money. Value is really all in the eye of the beholder. Some vases can sell for more than $5,000 many more are worth less than $2,000. The total supply is limited at best.

Newcomb College Art Pottery

Newcomb is likely our favorite art pottery maker. Their pottery was made by young woman attending the arts and crafts program at Tulane University. Newcomb College pottery is far from rare, but the best pieces are brilliant and can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Look for vases with carving, decoration, and glossy glazes. These are usually found on pieces made before 1910. There is a large supply of pottery made after 1910 that is worth $500 – $4,000 when sold at auction.

North Dakota School of Mines Pottery

University of North Dakota School of Mines (NDSM) pottery produced pottery for decades. There is a huge range in desirability and value. There are some exceptional pieces that collectors will pay thousands of dollars to buy. Other pots will struggle to find buyers for $100. The value really comes down to the maker and eye appeal. Pieces that date prior to 1930 have a chance to be special. Interesting carving and an arts and crafts decorating style never hurts. Contact us for more details.

George Ohr Pottery

George Ohr is likely the single most famous potter of the past 120 years. He worked in Biloxi, Mississippi. His pottery is truly unique. You can find pieces of all colors, shapes, and sizes. It is not unusual to see figural pottery. The best George Ohr vases can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Each piece is valued on an individual basis. We should mention that there are fake George Ohr pieces in the market today. Be very careful if you are buying. You should consult an expert first.

Overbeck Art Pottery

Overbeck is one of those potteries you have to know, but you probably won’t see much of their work. The supply is very limited and the good stuff that shows up usually sells quickly. The Overbeck sisters worked in Cambridge City, Indiana. Their pottery was created in the true spirit of the arts and crafts movement. Fortunately they happened to be good at it. Some Overbeck vases can be worth more than $10,000. A starting value point is usually $1,000, and prices go up quickly from there.

Pewabic Art Pottery

Pewabic is still open today and making pottery in Detroit, Michigan. We are specifically looking to auction pottery they made prior to 1920. Pewabic may not technically be the best art pottery out there, but if you are a glaze fan then you have to love Pewabic. Some of their glazes look like melted opal and mother of pearl. A very limited number of Pewabic vases have a chance to be worth $4,000 or more. The vast majority of vases sell for between $250 and $2,000.

Redlands Art Pottery

Pound for pound, Redlands is likely the single most valuable art pottery out there today. Surviving pieces are few and far between. Redlands pottery was made and sold in California. That is where most examples are found today. The pottery is easily distinguishable for its dark clay and bronzed color. Most pieces are decorated with incised creatures like frogs, crabs, sharks, etc.

Rhead Santa Barbara Pottery

The name Frederick Hurten Rhead gets tossed around frequently when talking about the best art pottery. Rhead ran his own operation for a few years (1914-1917) in Santa Barbara, California. There is not a tremendous supply of pottery from this operation. Most pieces you see on the market today are small but interesting and valued at a few thousand dollars. There are a handful of truly amazing monumental pieces that Rhead made while running his Santa Barbara factory. You will know if you have one.

Robineau Art Pottery

Adelaide Alsop Robineau was the leading female ceramist of the 20th century. Her pottery was retailed by Tiffanys and purchased by museums. There is a very limited supply of AR pottery today. Most of it is still in museums or closely held by the few people lucky enough to own it. Not all of her work is prohibitively expensive. Some pieces are available for a couple thousand dollars. The great stuff is usually worth a few thousand dollars or more. Demand continues to increase.

Roblin Art Pottery

Roblin pottery is a curious art pottery maker. They were only open for a very short period of time in the 1900s before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake hit and destroyed their operation and most of their inventory. Had Roblin produced more pottery they might not be as important today. You will typically encounter bisque clay vessels or lightly decorated vases. The best Roblin pottery is rarely worth more than $2,500. Many more pieces are available for less than $1,000.

Rookwood Art Pottery

If you only know one American pottery manufacturer then you should know Rookwood. Rookwood was started by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer in 1880. Pottery has been made under the Rookwood name off and on since then. Shapes aren’t terribly important but decoration and glazes are. Rookwood vases can be worth anywhere from a few dollars to more than $100,000. No other company has more vases that can potentially be worth in excess of $10,000 than Rookwood.

Roseville Art Pottery

Roseville Pottery was made in Roseville, Ohio starting in 1890. We are mostly including in our guide for the sake of completeness. The large majority of Roseville pottery is very common and worth less than $100 in most cases. However, the top 1% of the production can be worth in excess of $2,000. Top prices are reserved for early pieces with carving and especially nice decoration. We are most interested in auctioning rarer Roseville that has a chance to create a lot of bidder interest.

Saturday Evening Girls Art Pottery

Saturday Evening Girls (SEG) also known as Paul Revere Pottery (PRP) made lots of great art pottery in Massachusetts in the early part of the 20th century. Lots of SEG pottery is relatively affordable. Small things like plates and cups generally sell for a few hundred dollars. However, there is plenty of room for that price point to be higher when it comes to monumental pieces. Vases, large bowls, and other pots that are large with colorful decoration and exceptional carving can be worth thousands of dollars or more.

Teco Art Pottery

William Day Gates founded The American Terra Cotta and Ceramic Company in Illinois in 1879. Teco is generally considered one of the more elite lines of American Art Pottery. The best of the best has the possibility to be worth more than $10,000. Most Teco pottery is marked, but it is also relatively easy to identify from a distance. The majority of their pottery has a light green color. Most shapes tend to be tall with a light and airy feel. Each shape has a number, and some shapes are more desirable than others.

University City Art Pottery

It can be tough to value University City pottery. The output is limited and most pieces are more a reflection of the tastes of the artist and not the pottery. Frederick Hurten Rhead and Adelaide Alsop Robineau both worked at UC pottery. Buying a vase from University City is often the most affordable chance to buy a piece of pottery from either artist. There are a very rare pieces by Rhead while at UC that can be worth more than $100,000. Most other simple vases and bowls are worth a few thousand dollars.

Van Briggle Art Pottery

Van Briggle pottery was made in Colorado Springs, CO starting in 1901. Most Van Briggle is mold made and relatively predictable. Unlike the picture we are showing, most Van Briggle vases have light relief with pastel and other pale colors. Van Briggle has been more popular in years past than it is today. With that said, there are still some serious collectors paying up for the best of the best. The top 10% of the market has the chance to sell for more than $1,000.

Walley Art Pottery

William J Walley (WJW) is the namesake behind Walley Pottery, which operated out West Sterling, Massachusetts from about 1898 until 1919. Walley pottery is great, but it isn’t one of the big names in art pottery. The supply of Walley is limited. Pieces only appear on the market a few times a year. Auction results are really hit and miss. Most Walley looks very similar to other New England art pottery. The median price is around $2,000, with the market topping out at around $5,000.

Walrath Art Pottery

Frederick Walrath made pottery under his own name from 1904 until his death in 1921. Being an independent studio potter almost 100 years ago, there is a very limited supply of Walrath pottery. That means that the supply is low. The demand isn’t incredibly high, but there are some serious collectors. Great Walrath pottery is tall with some interesting decoration. Pieces like that can sell for several thousand dollars or more. Small and less detailed vases are worth less money.

Weller Art Pottery

Weller pottery moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1882 and closed in 1948. By 1915 Weller was the largest pottery manufacturer in the world. There is really nothing rare about Weller. If you know anything is about antiques then you know supply and demand is key. There is absolutely an overabundance of vases priced between a few dollars and $100. The best Weller pottery should be immediately noticeable. It will be tall with decoration. Amazing vases can sell for more than $2,000.


Earthenware

Earthenware is often red clay called red ware and is low-fired pottery.

Some earthenware is hand-formed without a potter's wheel. Some Native American and artisan potters roll clay into coils to make hand-formed vessels from spiral coils of clay. For some more information on Coil Pottery, see: Brothers Handmade: Coil Pottery.

Pots can be sun baked. You may have made these as a child, and they aren't as strong as pots baked in a kiln.

Red clay has a high iron oxide content, and Georgia and North Carolina are two states with abundant red clay deposits. For more information on Georgia soil and clay, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has an article "Why are Georgia Soils Red?".


Arkansas and Oklahoma Dogs

Camark, Niloak, Dryden and Shawnee all made dog figurines for the commercial market.

Camark made the dogs in compromising positions -- they just need a fire hydrant or a front yard to go with the figurine. If you take your eyes off the action and look at the front end, these may be beagles.

Camark also made a standing wire-haired terrier and a bulldog playing or begging on its haunches, along with another standing bulldog. Another large dog with a collar and short ears is numbered "N130" in a catalog reprint.

A dachshund puppy between 4 and 5 inches long is a Camark dog as well.

Niloak dogs were usually planters -- a Scotty and a poodle both have a hole in the center of the back to hold a flower.

Florists used cute American figurines for potted plants for gifts. (They also used cute Japan figurines -- lighter weight, more porous clay and almost white like chalk.)

Niloak made three or four miniature dogs less than 3 inches tall and a sitting retriever shown in Ozark Dawn glaze in (affiliate link) David Gifford's Collectors Encyclopedia of Niloak: A Reference and Value Guide, 2nd Edition.

Dryden made Scottie bookends and a sitting Scottie figurine while the pottery was still in Kansas. If you're lucky enough to find these, they should be a tan clay. Most Dryden dogs were Scottish terriers.

Frankoma made dog banks -- a collie and another dog that may be a terrier. Short-haired collie head bookends were available in the 50s and again in the 1970s. Frankoma also produced Irish setter bookends and made Gracetone dogs in shapes of an English setter, a terrier and a barking hound.


Pottery figurines tell story

Each of these illustrations are combined the image of a pottery figurine with something popular on the Internet. [Photo/Women of China]

The illustration of a female figurine performing the "haicao (seaweed)" dance was quite popular." I was inspired by a pottery figurine from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 ), "Wang explained." The figurine's shape looked like a woman stretching her sleeves while dancing. I thought she might be performing a popular dance in that period. I asked myself what dance could be that popular today? 'Haicao' dance immediately occurred to me. The gesture of the figurine resembles a gesture in 'haicao' dance, so I drew such an illustration."

In much the same process, Wang drew several other illustrations, each of which combined the image of a pottery figurine with something popular on the Internet. She used the illustrations to reflect her emotions. For example, the image of a male pottery figurine clenching his fist and saying "Come on!" was her first illustration. Wang drew that illustration to cheer herself up, because only a few of her relatives and friends supported her goal to become a professional illustrator. The illustrations Wang posted on Weibo touched many netizens' hearts. As Baili Muyan , she became known by an increasing number of people.

'Gifts from history'

Wang posted the series of pottery-figurine illustrations on her Weibo account on August 2, 2018. She did not pay much attention to netizens' feedback. Then, one day, one of her students told her that her illustrations became one of the "hot topics" that Weibo administrators recommended its users to search for.

"I logged into Weibo and found seven media outlets had sent me interview invitations. There were a lot of comments from netizens too. I was shocked," Wang recalled.


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      How to Tell if Something Is Made in Occupied Japan

      After World War II, The United States occupied Japan with the intent of demilitarization and reconstruction. From 1945 through 1952, the Japanese economy recovered with a democratic system displacing the importance of an emperor. During this time, the porcelain and ceramics industries prospered. The American public expressed reluctance in purchasing goods from a former axis nation. "Occupied Japan" items implied American supervision. Therefore, Americans more readily embraced the same tableware and decorative in response to the new marketing.

      Flip the item over. Look for a mark on the base of a tea cup or the bottom of a plate. Check both the bottom and back of a china figurine.

      Interpret the marking. Plates marked "Nippon" or "Japan" predate American occupation. The former signifies an item made no later than the 1920s and the latter typifies china made just before the war. The word "Occupied" always precedes "Japan" for items dated 1945 through 1952. The mark appears with a T circled by an O.

      Inspect more elaborate hallmarks closely. Sometimes in lieu of the Occupied Japan marking, an individual maker incorporated the verbiage within their company or tableware line logo. Noritake imprinted the words without symbols underneath their logo. Maker's marks for lines such as Lenwile, Sango and Sagi china incorporated "Occupied Japan" within the hallmark's design.


      Staffordshire Porcelain

      Most people have probably heard of Staffordshire Porcelain, and most vintage and antique porcelain collectors are probably familiar with the name.

      But, just what does Staffordshire mean when you’re talking about pottery & porcelain?

      Is it a company name? Is it a style, or type of porcelain? Is it just a region that porcelain comes from? Or could the answer be all of the above?

      This is information every keen porcelain collector should know.

      Staffordshire porcelain is essentially all the above.

      There is a noted porcelain company named Crown Staffordshire, and Staffordshire is a region that was, (and still is), home to many English porcelain makers.

      It is also a type of porcelain which was known as salt-glazed, or creamware porcelain, but these aren’t the only types produced there.

      And it is also associated with a style of porcelain design – Blue Ware was a porcelain design that originated in Staffordshire.

      So yes, the answer is that Staffordshire porcelain is all the above, and most collectors of Staffordshire antique porcelain know that this is a very broad category, so they almost always focus their collections on one aspect of Staffordshire porcelain.

      The Origins of Porcelain in Staffordshire.

      As a region, Staffordshire became the hub for many English porcelain makers and manufactories because of its close proximity to the source of Devonshire clay, a prime ingredient in the formula for most types of English porcelain.

      Its location was also central to major water and land transports of the time, which is another important consideration when deciding where to establish a manufacturing facility.

      And then there is also the small detail that it just happened to be the region where the first potteries started in the early 1700’s, and grew into an industry from that first seed or two.

      English porcelain was a mix of several types of porcelain, and with the diversity of potteries and porcelain makers in Staffordshire it is no wonder that recognized Staffordshire pieces can be any one of many varieties.

      In August 2012, a varied collection of good Staffordshire antique porcelain exceeded all expectations when it was sold at a Devon auction house.

      The Staffordshire Pottery was predicted to sell for £70,000 but high demand pushed the hammer price to £107,000.

      The majority of the collection dated to the mid-19th century and comprised Staffordshire Figures which are primarily of animals and famous people. Some pieces, however, were as early as the 1770’s and other pieces dated to the early 1900’s.

      Early English porcelain was a basic tin-glazed formulation called Delftware.

      As porcelain makers began using the Devonshire white clay their porcelain formulations became known as soft-paste or salt-glazed porcelain. This process produced a sturdy utilitarian type of porcelain and was the predominate output for many years.

      As porcelain makers worked to improve their formulas, a new combination using bone ash was discovered. This led to the production of a porcelain called bone-china, which was harder and more elegant looking, and more like the revered Chinese porcelain that set the standards for fine porcelain.

      Even the name, bone-china, references it’s similarity to Chinese porcelain, and bone-china remains the type of porcelain most associated with Staffordshire today.

      Style Developed in Staffordshire

      With so many porcelain makers in the Staffordshire region, it’s not hard to understand why there were so many design styles associated with the Staffordshire name.

      Probably the most recognized Staffordshire porcelain would be Blue Ware or Flow Blue Porcelain as pictured above, (although Flow Blue is more a process than a type of porcelain).

      The English porcelain industry was reaching its peak in Staffordshire as porcelain makers were discovering the benefits of a cobalt coloring they were using.

      Cobalt blue worked so well on the porous surface of unfinished porcelain pieces during the design transfer process, that the flow of the color actually helped hide some of the imperfections that naturally occur in early porcelain production.

      Porcelain makers loved Flow Blue.

      This was also about the same time the American market was opening, and many of the Staffordshire manufactories were producing porcelain directed at this new American market.

      Due to their enthusiasm for the new cobalt blue coloring, even though the scenes and designs were different, the majority of porcelain pieces produced for this market used cobalt blues as the main colors, hence the name Blue Ware.

      Major Staffordshire Porcelain Maufacturers.

      The list of porcelain potteries from the Staffordshire region includes many well recognized names in the world of vintage porcelain collectibles.

      The one company that retains the Staffordshire name is Crown Staffordshire Porcelain, which started as the Thomas Greene China Co. in 1833.

      Using bone-china porcelain, in 1887 they began producing a fine line of Staffordshire dinnerware under the new name of Crown Staffordshire China.

      Some of the other famous Staffordshire names include:

        – Early production included creamware, pearlware and blue-printed earthenware.
        Spode also became famous for its bone-china Staffordshire Dinnerware who started as Doulton and Watts and received their commission to use the name Royal Doulton in 1901 – Josiah Wedgwood started the firm and first became known for his line of Queens Ware, a lead-glazed earthenware and the very successful Jasper Ware
    • Wm. Adams & Co. – William Adams was a potter in Staffordshire as early as 1650, and is best known for his colorful Titian Ware line, although he also produced types named Imperial Stone Ware and Calyx Ware – possibly the finest producer of finely crafted blue transferware Staffordshire China. One of the most successful potteries ever to originate in Staffordshire. – who began production in 1792. The Ridgway brothers produced a hard earthenware line of table wares
    • Most of these Staffordshire potters contributed major accomplishments to the development of English porcelain

      Either through the invention of new processes and formulas or through their hallmarks of craftsmanship and design.

      It was their efforts to refine their processes or perfect their craft that place them among the most desired porcelain collectibles around today.

      Staffordshire Pottery Marks

      A common potters mark or symbol can be found on large quantities of Staffordshire pottery & porcelain.

      The Staffordshire knot mark, as it is known, consists of a three loop knot constructed from a length of rope. Often with a set of initials within the knot loops and sometimes a crown above the knot.

      The knot has been used by Staffordshire potters for over a hundred years and can still be found on a wide variety of Staffordshire pottery.

      “Many nineteenth-century printed marks are based on stock designs – variations of the royal arms, a garter-shaped mark or the Staffordshire knot (both the garter and knot with and without a crown). The knot can occur from about 1845. It was much used in the 1870’s and 1880’s and continues, in some instances, to the present day. These marks might be found with the initials or names of the relevant manufacturers.” … from Godden ‘Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900’

      The Origin of the Staffordshire Knot

      There are various stories of how the Staffordshire knot came to be One states that a local Sheriff devised the knot to cut costs by allowing three criminals to be hanged with a single rope. Hard to imagine but England has lived through some barbaric times.

      However, the earliest verified appearance of the Staffordshire Knot is on a seal in the British Museum. The seal was the property of Joan, Lady of Wake, who died in 1443.

      The Lady of Wake’s possessions passed to her nephew Humphrey, Earl of Stafford, who adopted the Knot of Rope as his badge prior to taking the post of Duke of Buckingham in 1444.

      The Duke of Buckingham and his descendants then used the Staffordshire Knot as a personal cognizance. However it wasn’t part of their armorial bearings, but rather a badge they gave to their servants and retainers as a livery and form of recognition.

      The townsmen of Stafford who were leigemen of the Stafford family, also used the knot.

      As the English feudal system fell away and civil liberties grew, the knot was gradually adopted by the Citizens, Freemen and Burgesses of Stafford and was eventually included in the Staffordshire Borough Coat of Arms.

      So, as you can see, the name Staffordshire can represent many areas in antique porcelain collecting.

      But whether you pick a Staffordshire piece because you think it is pretty.

      Or your collection focuses on a particular pottery or porcelain manufacturer.

      Or you collect a certain style of porcelain or focus on vases, figurines, plates, plaques or another particular form.

      Staffordshire porcelain will always provide plenty of choice pieces for you to choose from.