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Most authentic hatpin holders were made during the years from 1860 to 1920. There are almost as many varieties of hatpin holders as there are hatpins: silver, gold, and other metals plus all the glass and china of the period.
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.
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 The new McCoy marks appear not only on copies of McCoy products but on copies of pieces originally made by other collectible potteries such as Shawnee and Hull.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.
Hall China has recently begun reissuing a number of vintage designs from the 1930s whose original counterparts are highly sought after collectibles. Hall china - donut teapot, ball pitcher, Riviera picture, Nautilus. New pieces - Bain Marie jars, owl, duck.
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.
The German Doll Company, owned by American and German partners, has purchased an estimated 30,000 original molds used to make bisque figures during the late 19th and first third of the 20th century. A number of old molds have been put back in production making new pieces that include original pre-1940 marks.
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.