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Additional New Ironstone Marks

Two more confusing new marks have been found on reproductions of 19th century ceramics. The new marks are applied in dark blue transfer. ACRN found the crown mark on biscuit jars decorated in Mason's "Japan" style decoration and the ribbon mark on a toast rack with chintz styled decoration. Like other confusing new marks, these two recent additions can be expected to show up on a wide variety of 19th century copies. These pieces with their facsimiles of old marks were made in China for the antique reproduction wholesale trade.

The crown mark is loosely similar to original Mason's ironstone marks. Words within the draped cloth on the original are usually "Patent Ironstone China" or sometimes "Improved Ironstone China." A typical original Mason's mark is shown for comparison in Fig. 2 . ACRN was unable to find any old counterpart for the other new mark with the flowers and banner.


Fig. 1 New biscuit jar with confusing new mark shown in Fig. 3 below.


Fig. 2 Typical authentic Mason's Ironstone mark pre-1930.


Fig. 3 New mark. Dark blue transfer.


Fig. 4 New mark. Dark blue transfer. On variety of 19th century reproductions.

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