An "N" mark inside a circle that is orange.... Pottery Marks Query
by Patrick Hall
(Tucker, GA USA)
An "N" mark inside a circle that is orange.... Pottery Marks Query:- The two pieces are almost like small oil jars. They look like Minton or Coalbrookdale, but I cannot find anything that tells me who the maker is. It is an N inside a circle and the are an orange or red color. Hope you can help!
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Reply by Peter (admin)
Nice query from Patrick on the jars with the "N" mark inside a circle. Thanks.
Without pictures it makes my life quite difficult - you can now upload up to 4 photos here on this forum.
Firstly, there are no obvious ceramic makers who use an "N" within a circle as one of their main marks - at least, not in my reference books.
So we have to cast the net wider. There is a famous and very collectible glass maker who does use this disctinctive "N" within a circle mark called Northwood. They made all sorts of glass wares like plates and cups as well as jars. Their 'Carnival Collection' has detailed fruit sculpting relief as you describe.
Their wares do not necessarily look like glass on first inspection as they are opaque. Maybe they are Northwood jars you have?
I have uploaded an example of a typical Northwood mark and detail (see top picture).
Their wares are sought after and collectible and fetch good prices. Beware, there are lots of rip offs from the Far East (Taiwan) and other repro makers like MOSSER REPRODUCTION and L.G. WRIGHT TRADEMARK.
I have little knowledge of glass makers, but here is what the eBay help pages
"The best way to identify Northwood carnival glass is to look for the logo. The logo is an underlined capital N in a complete circle. There are some pieces that are not marked, which can cause confusion. For instance most grape & cable dresser trays are not marked. But Northwood was the only company that produced this shape in this pattern, luckily no reproductions have hit the market yet".
Northwood was founded in 1896 in Indiana, Pennsylvania by Englishman Harry Northwood. Carnival glass soon became their most popular product, with patterns such as leaf and beads, wild rose, grape and cable, singing birds, peacock at the fountain. Northwood glass closed in 1925 after the death of Harry Northwood.
Let us know if you think my hunch is the right one.
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