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As the popularity of mid-20th century designs has increased, so have the reproductions which copy that look. This new 8-inch ceramic pitcher in a green glaze is typical of originals made in the United States from the mid-1940s through the late 1950s. Hall China and American potters. 1940s 195-s
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 The new McCoy marks appear not only on copies of McCoy products but on copies of pieces originally made by other collectible potteries such as Shawnee and Hull.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are a number of new ceramic reamers on the market that could easily confuse uneducated collectors and dealers. The new Hall China and new Red Wing Pottery reamers could prove especially troublesome if they have been slightly altered by unethical sellers.
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.