More Confusing Marks on Blue Decorated PotteryBy Mark Chervenka
More Confusing Marks on Blue Decorated Pottery
More new marks on blue transferware can be found on the market. The new mark in Fig. 2 is the only one of the three shown that is a direct copy of a known original company, T. Rathbone Newfield Pottery, Tunstall, England. We couldn't find any old counterparts to the new marks in Figs. 5 and 6.
Although Staffordshire County, England has been a center of pottery making since the 18th century, the word "Staffordshire" was rarely included in company names before the second quarter of the 20th century. Staffordshire is a geographic area, not a specific company. "Staffordshire" does, however, appear frequently in company names used as marks on reproductions.
Genuine old marks are much more likely to include one of the six principle pottery-making cities of Staffordshire county which include Tunstall, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Fenton, Hanley and Longton. Any mark that includes the word "Staffordshire" in the company name should be examined very carefully.