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Reproduction ceramics with Buffalo Pottery marks first started appearing in late 2001. Those pieces were relatively easy to identify. The image of the buffalo in the fake marks on those pieces was an Asian water buffalo with large crescentshaped horns. Another fake mark appearing about the same time was simply the word BUFFALO in uppercase letters. Both fake marks were applied as a transfer but have a hand painted appearance. The single word BUFFALO only was never used on authentic Buffalo Pottery.
New cookie jars marked McCoy have been made since the mid-1990s. But recently new vases, wall pockets and other shapes marked McCoy have been increasingly common in the market. The new McCoy marks appear not only on copies of McCoy products but on copies of pieces originally made by other collectible potteries such as Shawnee and Hull.
The marks shown here are the primary company marks used by Hall China, 1915 to present primarily on collectible dinnerware, teapots and accessories. Marks from 1903-1915 are not included because those marks are mainly on earthenware's, not Halls later craze-proof pottery.
Here is another style of back found on authentic Royal Doulton Babes in the Wood plaques. This style 1 does not have to be mounted in a separate frame. It can hang from the fired-in ceramic hanging loops. The backs of this style are glazed.
Copies of bisque Kewpie hatpin holders have been appearing in California. New pieces are made in a Jasperware style with either a blue or green background with designs in raised white moldings. An original hatpin holder is shown at left.
As first reported in the March issue of ACRN, new Babes in the Woods plates marked Royal Doulton have recently been appearing in online auctions, flea markets and antique malls. All the ones offered so far have been mounted in gold-colored plate frames about 12 in diameter. Our new sample was obtained from a subscriber who purchased it at auction.
Copies of Roseville Pottery Landscape water pitchers have shown up in Michigan and Indiana. The new pieces have very unusual blue clouds in the center band. Blue clouds were never used in originals. New pieces also commonly have firing lines on the inside of the pitcher, usually around the handle or in the bottom. New piece are being priced as old at about $100-$145 each.
This new 16 vase first showed up at reproduction wholesalers with a Roseville U.S.A. mark on the base. Now the same vase is being offered with a Royal Dux mark. The mark is a raised pink triangle with Royal Dux, Bohemia and an acorn like figure with the letter E. The vase is off white with gold highlights on the woman and flowers. It sold for $25 wholesale.
Van Briggle pottery has now joined Roseville as a target of widespread fakes and reproductions. Reports and examples of forgeries have been seen and purchased across the United States from Florida to California. The new pieces seem to be the most numerous in Ohio and Indiana. Artus and Anna Van Briggle
Until recent years, there were really very few high quality majolica reproductions on the market. The majolica reproductions that were of reasonably good quality were usually sold through museums and generally well marked to avoid any confusion with old originals. But by the mid-1990s more reproduction manufacturers are making majolica, the quality has improved and there are more new pieces which are direct copies of old originals.